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”

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?”

Rules of Life Matter

We gather round the coffee table ready for a game of Frozen Surprise Slides. Anna, Elsa and Olaf sit patiently at start  awaiting the first spin. Anna moves to red. Elsa moves to purple. Olaf moves the snowflake and slides ahead twenty spaces. Suddenly, my five year old daughter said, “Uh that’s not fair. OlafContinue reading “Rules of Life Matter”

Living Life through Improv

I stood in the middle of a circle surrounded by colleagues. I had five seconds to think of a non-work-related fear. I shouted “I am scared of congested traffic.” I anxiously awaited movement from the group. No one moved, which meant that no one had that fear. I stood alone. Suddenly, applause erupted from theContinue reading “Living Life through Improv”

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”

Admit One: Zoo

We celebrated my sweet friend’s birthday with Italian takeout and our  kids. Once dinner was over, the kids scurried off to the playroom. Our lady talk lasted about five minutes before the interruptions took control. It went something like this: talk, chase the crawler, talk, check on the screaming kiddos, talk and get the kidsContinue reading “Admit One: Zoo”

True Beauty never Fades

Sequins, jewels, high heels, bowties and tuxedos walked across the red carpet at the Oscars Sunday evening. It was a night to celebrate the film industry and the talent who make the stories come to life. It was also a night that fuels the flame of pressure to be beautiful on the outside. Today’s to-doContinue reading “True Beauty never Fades”

Fear Hides in Room 13

What is fear? It is a physical or emotional response to danger. Different types of fears lead to different responses. You have routine life fears. The fuzzy eight-legged critter named Charlotte who calls your living room corner home. The six-month check-up for your pearly whites that includes scrapping, gum bleeds and the tooth doctor remindingContinue reading “Fear Hides in Room 13”