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”

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 startĀ  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 ourĀ  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”

5 Ways to Cure Life’s Momentary Hiccups

I had a crisis on Thursday. I lost my credit card. I dug through the trash of smelly macaroni and cheese, rock hard cinnamon rolls and slimy brussel sprouts. No card. I checked the crevices and pockets in my car. No card. I searched the house high and low including the laundry hamper. No card.Continue reading “5 Ways to Cure Life’s Momentary Hiccups”

Stay Away Mediocrity and Melancholy

This week I came across the reasons that talented employees stay at an organization. Number one is paid well. Number two is appreciated. The list goes on. I then asked myself why do I stay at my employer, in my job, in a friendship, in a small group, in a neighborhood? Why do I stay?Continue reading “Stay Away Mediocrity and Melancholy”

Look for Innocent Intent

Have you ever wanted to shout out “I object” during a heated conversation? Have you ever felt like a helpless witness being badgered on the witness stand? We all have been there and don’t want to go back. We all control how we feel following either of these experience. No one can control how youContinue reading “Look for Innocent Intent”