Sun, Sand and Spring Break Realities

“Hi Mom! Hi Daddy! Guess what? I’m sooooo excited! My roommate’s brother got us a sweet deal on a hotel in Mexico for spring break. It’s super-cheap! Can I go?” Cancun. Aruba. Jamaica. Daytona Beach. In the midst of a long, cold winter, these warm-weather destinations sound like the perfect cure to the winter blahs, especially to stressed-out college students.

Serving Up Love

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air. I’m a big fan of V-Day. And love. I get giddy over candy hearts and decadent chocolates. I go gaga over roses. Pink glitter is my favorite color. While I certainly appreciate the big gestures (and heart-shaped gifts) associated with February 14th, it’s everyday love that truly speaks to me. It’s easy

2016 Uninhibited — A Year to Fly!

My friend Frankie got a new toy from Santa this year. A pogo stick. Now this is not just any pogo stick. It’s the Lamborghini of pogo sticks. Forget bouncing around the driveway. This thing flies! Literally. Instead of traditional springs, this one is pumped up with air and can bounce 8-10 feet high. The company website shows videos of folks

The Hats of Christmas Future

’Twas the week before Christmas and I found myself sitting on the concrete floor of our storage room with a fuzzy Santa hat in my hand and a lump in my throat. As I rummaged through the tote of Christmas decorations, each item I touched triggered memories of Christmas past. The handmade train ornament gave me a glimpse of my

Living Well In the REAL World

What a privilege to speak with the smart, passionate, hard-working, REAL women of St. Cloud FEW (Forum of Executive Women) yesterday about “Living Well In the REAL World.” This inspiring bunch shared some fantastic ideas on how they maintain their work-life balance and implement healthy habits into their work days. Something tells me today is going to be a highly productive work

5 ways to conquer your fear of public speaking

Does the thought of giving a presentation give you hives? Do you freeze when someone hands you a microphone? Instead of butterflies in your stomach, do you have a blender? You’re not alone. Glossophobia, or speech anxiety, is a real thing. The word stems from the Greek glōssa, meaning tongue, and phobos, meaning fear or dread. It’s estimated that 75%

Meatballs, Kindles, and Conversation

Last night, while slurping up spaghetti and meatballs, my husband, daughter and I shared some lively table conversation. After reading an article in our small, community newspaper that addressed the possibility of our city building a local library in the next year or two, we launched into discussion about responsible use of tax dollars, cost-benefit analysis, convenience of location, and

Someday Starts Today

Do you have a dream? An idea you hope will SOMEDAY come to fruition? You know…SOMEDAY I’ll have the time to write a book. SOMEDAY I’ll start my own business. Well, my SOMEDAY has begun. I woke up and realized that SOMEDAY is today.