Gifts Unexpected

Brooke Shields is reviving her blue jean commercial career. She’s modeling Jordache Jeans and showing the world what fifty-six looks like. When I heard this news, I was like; “Wow, Brooke Shields looks great!”.  Then I thought “They still make Jordache Jeans?”. Which brought me to reflect on my 12th birthday, way back in 1983, … Continue reading Gifts Unexpected

The Fear of Success…What’s That About?

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again…I love my writing practice! It doesn’t matter if I’m journaling, composing an email, a blog post, a poem, or attempting a memoir; I love the writing process. So, I find it crazy how I almost never started due to fear. I sometimes recognize a fear that … Continue reading The Fear of Success…What’s That About?

Success or Not Success (That is the Question!) 😊

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines success as a “favorable or desired outcome.” What does success look like to you? Is it freedom, is it happiness, is it seeing something through to the end? Or is it money, a big house, and a fancy car? Success is none of those things to me. It is internal and … Continue reading Success or Not Success (That is the Question!) 😊

Stay Safe

Think back to your last conversation. How did it end? Most chats these days end with someone saying, ‘stay safe’, which always takes me by surprise. I don’t know why. Maybe because it’s stating the obvious. Like, obviously I am going to TRY to stay safe, I’m not reckless! It’s the new farewell. I was … Continue reading Stay Safe

If I Could Turn Back Time (Just for a Moment)

Since we’ve been working remotely, my team has been meeting virtually every morning to touch base on what our plans for the workday are. To break up the monotony of these meetings, we ask a daily ice breaker type question. We’ve been doing this just short of two years, so the question of ‘If you … Continue reading If I Could Turn Back Time (Just for a Moment)

Living Life During COVID and Beyond

Over the past year and a half, I’ve heard several courageous stories of people trading in their routine life for a different, more exciting one. Stories like leaving a career to cultivate a side hustle, leaving, or starting a new relationship, and moving away to follow a lifelong dream. Not long into a conversation do … Continue reading Living Life During COVID and Beyond

The Timeline to 50 – Toys, Gadgets, and Resiliency

Back when I was a child in the 1970s, I enjoyed playing with the typical toys of that time, my View Master, Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, my beloved Mrs. Beasley, the Fisher Price Little People, and the Little Professor Calculator. Hours were spent being entertained in front of a black & white television with … Continue reading The Timeline to 50 – Toys, Gadgets, and Resiliency

Inspired by Get on Up

Everyone has a story to tell: The cashier at the grocery storeThe transient walking the streets with a backpackYour loved onesYour lonely AuntYour grumpy UncleYour neighborThe schoolteacherYour co-workerAnd all the supporting characters in your life Everybody is significant and everyone matters to someone – in one way, some ways, or all ways. Everyone has just … Continue reading Inspired by Get on Up

Beginnings & Endings

Why does it seem like our energy is spent focused on beginnings and not so much on endings? Is it because the start of something new is fresh and exciting? Is it because beginnings hold mystery, and the unknown heightens their excitement? Maybe. Let’s explore a couple of scenarios where the ending gets snubbed. New … Continue reading Beginnings & Endings

Making Memories

"God gave us memories so that we might have roses in December." James M. Barre “Making memories”, what a curious phrase. I see it captioned all over social media alongside pictures of enjoyable activities and family traditions. This obvious proclamation contradicts reality because we generally can’t predict which moments will go on to live in … Continue reading Making Memories