A Whole New World

Mommy’s Pearls Yesterday, my daughter and I took a nature walk in Bluff Creek Park for our afternoon outing on the official first day of summer. As we meandered down the trail, she suddenly started singing “A Whole New World” from Disney’s Aladdin in her sweet voice. “A whole new world. A new fantastic pointContinue reading “A Whole New World”

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”

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?”

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!”

3 Lessons from the Backseat Teacher

Red light – stop. Green light – go! Yellow light – hold on to your horses cause we are going!!!! That’s the normal situation on cheerleading nights when we have 45 minutes to grab fast food and get my daughter to class. One green-yellow-red, another green-yellow-red until we finally made it into the left turnContinue reading “3 Lessons from the Backseat Teacher”