Why a Taxi, 10 Minutes and a Pre-made Veggie Tray made a Difference

What a week. Actually, what an exhausting week. My life revolved around 30 minute time slots from 5:30 a.m. through 9:00 p.m., where I shifted from  mom to leader to mom to friend to mom to mentor to girlfriend to mom to daughter. On Friday night, the countdown to 9:30 p.m. felt like New Years EveContinue reading “Why a Taxi, 10 Minutes and a Pre-made Veggie Tray made a Difference”

Diagnosis: Working Mom Summer Gloom

As I sit in my freezing office with a heating blanket on high, my daughter builds a cabin in the woods in 90 degree Oklahoma heat. As I build camaraderie with my team during a huddle, my daughter chants “I Said a Boom Chicka Boom,” in her valley girl voice. As I read and respondContinue reading “Diagnosis: Working Mom Summer Gloom”

Lessons of a Roller Coaster

Up! Down! Around! Around! Up! Upside down! Around! Around! Slow! Slow! Stop! “Attention passengers, please raise your arms and wait for the car to come to a complete stop. Welcome back! Thank you for riding today,” said the attendant. Whether you are a rider or a spectator of the roller coaster experience, we can allContinue reading “Lessons of a Roller Coaster”

How a State-of-Fluster Can Win

“Five minutes until start time for the 10k runners. Five minutes,” blares the announcer’s voice. Hundreds of people congregate in their respective pace times. The cool Oklahoma wind swirls. Upbeat “pump you up” music unconsciously sets a positive mindset. “Three minutes until the start time for the 10k runners. Three minutes,” says the announcer. It’sContinue reading “How a State-of-Fluster Can Win”

Are You Writing?

“Are you writing?” asked a mentor. “Keep writing and speaking,” said my former boss. “Are you going to keep writing your blog?” asked a friend. I responded to all three people with “No, I’m too busy.” During a day’s work, I hear the word “busy” more than I can count. It’s the standard response. “HowContinue reading “Are You Writing?”

Oh Mr. Redbud

My eyes watch the road. My hands occupy ten and two on the steering wheel. My favorite morning DJs entertain me. I am smooth sailing down the expressway. Suddenly, BAM! A beautiful splash of color catches my eye out the passenger window. My attention immediately turns to this magnificent redbud standing center stage with aContinue reading “Oh Mr. Redbud”

Dear Self, I Love You!

Red hearts, pink flowers and boxes of chocolates fill the grocery store aisles. Love letters fill the card aisles in forms of humor, religion and serious messages. The spirit of Valentine’s Day is in the air. Valentine’s Day brings joy and celebration. Valentine’s Day brings heartache and sadness. These emotions form based on how muchContinue reading “Dear Self, I Love You!”