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Grief is not a point in time

Text at 7:00 am Mom:  Please call me. As you pick up the phone and make the call a haze settles in anticipating the worst, but ultimately knowing if the worst hits, there was no amount of preparation for it. Its a call I’ve made upon similar request before and I remember how each has ended.  When the haze clears the memory remains of exactly where you were, what you were doing and how you felt.  For me, it is a gut punch. The air …

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A Night I’ll Never Forget

Recently I was honored with a nomination for the Chicagoland Admin Awards, and was beyond thrilled to find out I was a finalist for the Leadership Award.  I could not believe it! It was the most exciting day to read my name as a finalist! This award represented so much to me. First, I truly love my job.  I may complain about the stress or how tired I am or getting a call about the alarm going off in the middle of the night (I …

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You Blew It Easter Bunny!

My kids are finally at the ages when each holiday I wonder, “Is this is the one when they stop believing?”  I had a friend in college that told me her mother said, if any of her children told her they don’t believe in Santa or the Easter Bunny, then they won’t get presents.  She laughed when she told me that, and loved her mother’s need for her happy bubble of holding on to her children’s innocence. At the time I thought, while a sweet …

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College Flashbacks

Parenting and being among other parents in a social setting often feels like the first week of college.  Trying to figure your life alongside a bunch of strangers and wanting to make friends, but cautious you don’t end up with the weirdos.  (Sidenote, I landed with the best damn bunch of weirdos after all, much love friends). Almost every time I’m with my kids and there’s potential to connect with other parents socially, I’m at a loss. All of the non-verbals that make you accessible: …

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Write Hot, Edit Cold

Many moons ago I had a copywriting professor that said, “write hot, edit cold” in the moment, that’s where the magic happens.  You’re not concerned about if something sounds odd or if a comma is missing. The juices are flowing and you just let it go. Then, once its all out of your head and on the page, walk away.  Get a coffee, do some laundry, have a beer (whatever strikes your fancy) and then come back. Its upon your return to the writing that …

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Emotional Terrorist

I would like to start a support group.  I am going to call it P.E.T.; Parents of Emotional Terrorists.  It is really the perfect name because, A. who doesn’t like to be pet when they are going through an emotional shake down, and B. most pets are like little therapists when you are going through a hard time. Don’t think this is something that needs to exist? Well let me paint a little picture of how our support groups will go; come with me on …

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I’ll Have my Cake and Eat it Too

A long time ago in a castle far away a twenty-something version of myself stumbled upon the website Allrecipes.com. Over the years I bookmarked and saved and screenshotted and emailed recipes I was interested in trying. I’ll set the scene a bit more for you…I’m not a cook, I’m not a baker, I’m AM a picky eater, and the kind of recipes I am interested in must require very few ingredients with basic techniques. In the last decade or so, there have been two go-to …

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Tips for Surviving Spring Sports

Yo Mama! LOL! What? It made me laugh. I’m easy like that! Spring is in the air! Well, not really. It’s SOOOOOooooo cold outside! But my first spring game is next Monday night! It better warm up quick! I know they won’t play in 20 degree weather, but guess what, they will play in 30 and 40 degree weather! And DANG… it’s cold outside. So I thought I’d share some of my survival tips and PRAY that you share yours! Mama’s unite! And keep our …

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Have I told you lately that I love you?

I was fortunate to be able to hear Mel Robbins give a presentation at an event my company hosts, Refuel.  She was a little power house! Little, because she is petite, but man she owns that stage and looks like she is 6 feet tall up there!   Because of the event, I started subscribing to her newsletter.  Half of the time, well maybe more than half of the time, I end up deleting the email because I have a million emails to sort through …

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Unplugged

An interesting email subject crossed my path today and it’s the perfect inspiration for something to write about. Have you ever heard of a National Day of Unplugging? Well guess what? It’s this weekend so you should check it out. March 1 and 2 are National Unplug Day; this is a 24 hour global respite from technology. It highlights the value of disconnecting from digital devices to connect with ourselves, our loved ones and our communities in real time.  What’s involved? You need to unplug …