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Objectivism

Recent events, personally, professionally and socially and how we have responded as a collective society has made me think, “what the F$^*! Is wrong with us?”   Everyone needs to to their homework and mind their own business. Respect for one another is what we are missing. Everyone seems to be up in arms fighting the good fight about issues that they truly don’t understand.  I respect the friends that hear out both sides and gather facts before coming to their own conclusion. The political climate …

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Wedded Bliss

Mark and I celebrated our 20th anniversary on September 12, 2018.   It’s amazes me to think that we’ve been together for over thirty years; dated for ten and married for twenty.  I can’t remember life without him by my side (I can vividly remember life without kids though). Time flies. I’ve been reflecting on my first and true love and all that we have been through together.   When standing at the altar 20 years ago, if we knew what the next twenty years would hold, …

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Playdates!

Oh playdates, playdates and more playdates.  Through the years playdates have taken on many different versions at my house from working full time, working from home as a consultant and now working full time with some flexibility.  The caliber and expectations from my first to my fourth kid have changed drastically. When Maddi was younger we had playdates at museums, full on tea parties and always had an agenda with a healthy snack and craft options.  I’m serious, an agenda with full blown themes. Fast …

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Back to School

There is no hustle like the back to school hustle!  I take full advantage of summer break and extend the fun to the very last possible moment.  Then POW … back to reality (back to life, back to Rita…. ) gearing up for the new school year with finishing up summer homework packets, shopping for supplies, taking inventory of uniforms, backpacks and shoes realizing that nothing fits.  It all gets done it’s just not as fun as a day on the lake! Boo hoo. Summer …

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Spiritual Sunday

Spiritual Sunday Just over a year ago, I stopped going to mass.   I went every single Sunday for my entire life (literally every single Sunday).  Mass became an absolute chore as opposed to a blessing. The sermons were meaningless and all that was homilized was that nobody went to church (literally preaching to the choir).  I shed my Irish Catholic guilt and decided that I could tolerate the wrath and shame that my Mom was going to lay on thick. I took a break, and …

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No regrets

Last week, I begrudgingly went through my mother-in-loves clothes.  It was time; she passed away well over a year ago. We put this off long enough plus Papa gave a deadline (now or never).  I appreciated the push. It was a beautifully painful experience and when all was said and done, it was an honor. I embraced the memories as they flooded back while we sorted through all of Kris’ belongings.  Ironically, this was the same day as my Dad’s anniversary (he passed in 2001). …

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Like vs. Respect

Hustle Mom Hustle is all about balance; parenting, career and personal growth.  Most of my focus has been sharing Mom moments or personal stories. I’m going to shift my focus this week since this seems to be how the majority of my time is spent @ work.  My intent is to share advice on professional growth and personal tips that keep me grounded (aka sane). I’ve been working professionally and growing successfully for what seems like my entire life (started my first job was when …

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Road Trip!

Here we come Eagle River, WI!   Heaven on Earth. This past week we had the opportunity to head up north to our family’s lake house in Eagle River to celebrate the fourth of July.  Totally spontaneous because nobody was using the lake house and Mark happened to be off work (he might of told me last year when he picked his vacation).  The boys had baseball on Monday (God forbid they skip a game) so the plan was to head out Tuesday morning. Well, you …

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Mom of the Year

Every year, I’m in the running for Mom of the Year until January 15th then throw in the towel since there is always next year (true Cubs fan).  I always joke about being Mom of the Year and discovered that it’s real thing: Mother of the Year.  This recognition awards an “admirable” mother was made to provide an inspiration to the nation who would represent a mother’s unconditional love, inner strength, and courage.   I know lots of hustling mama’s that we can nominate (next year)! …

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Hey Dads, Don’t Forget To Write

As I write this blog post there are 3,348 pictures on my phone – all taken in 2018. The vast majority of the pics are of my kids, my wife, my pets, and if I must be honest, the occasional selfie. Heck, in just the ten days since our fourth child was born, I alone have taken over 200 pictures of him in various states of adorableness. Add in the pics my wife and our extended families have taken of him and the total has …