Family

My Team Mate, My Husband

Several days this past week I’ve woken in the middle of the night mid-dream. The dream takes various forms: I’m lost in a building and can’t find my way out, or I’m trying to check out of a hotel but can’t pack my things fast enough to check out in time, are a couple of examples. I wake up in a sweat, and have trouble going back to sleep. My sleep has not been restful these past few weeks. When I think about these anxiety dreams, logically, I know where they come from. They are about all…

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A Wish For The New Year: Honoring Myself

I am going to get a bit personal today, to take a chance to express my internal longings for the double-purpose of saying out loud what I long for and also helping you connect with what you personally crave for your life, too. Here goes. I feel like a brilliant diamond that is covered up, not quite visible or glowing the way it has the potential to be. Mired down in the muck of feeling scared and limited in my skin, I find I’m not sure how to be who I really am. How to be myself…

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Christmas: The Light and Dark

I am sitting in the quiet of Christmas Eve morning, rain spattering on the roof, the dog sighing in his sleep, watching the lights blinking on the Christmas tree as I drink my tea and wipe sleep from my eyes. I’m feeling content. I love this moment of the day. My intention for the new year is to take advantage of this delicious time of day, on a regular basis, to write and express myself, to get more ideas out of my head, onto paper and ultimately out into the world. I hope that, wherever you find…

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3rd Annual Jammie Drive Was a Huge Success!

It took me several days to come down from the joy of this year’s Jammie Drive benefiting Midway Shelter… The drive benefits two local domestic violence and homeless shelters and the accompanying safe house run by Building Futures for Women and Children. With the incredible support of local parents and children, this year we (again) supported 115 shelter residents with gifts of cozy pajamas, socks, underthings, and other warm clothes, plus a generous financial donation of $1,100 to allow the Building Futures team to purchase additional supplies they need for the residents.

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Success Story: Holiday Jammie Drive

The residents of Midway Shelter are going to have a cozy holiday. At the charity jammie drive wrap-up party this past Tuesday night–which was an absolute blast—we donated pajamas and financial gifts to be delivered to 115 women and children residents of Midway Shelter, Midway’s safe house, and the San Leandro shelter. In addition to pajamas, robes, sweat suits, socks, and other comfy basics, we also presented the cumulative financial donations of over $1,100. This is double what we were able to donate last year! Midway Shelter’s Development Coordinator Lorie Curtis was extremely grateful. Our donations will make a big difference…

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On Soccer and Corporate Team Building

I’m coaching my six-year-old daughter’s soccer team this fall. My first foray into sports coaching has been an enlightening–and humbling–experience. As I’ve navigated the past few weeks of corralling eleven young girls on the soccer field, I’ve been struck between the similarities of the lessons I’m sharing with them and best practices for building and running effective corporate teams. Here are a few examples of the parallels: A practice plan is key. A soccer coach needs a blueprint of how each practice will proceed, which she shares with her assistant and the team. She plans stretching, drills, and scrimmage…

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Chat With Mer, Sept. 17: Parenting + Entrepreneurship: 3 Keys to Integrating the 2

How does one manage being a parent and an entrepreneur at the same time? It’s something I think about and live every day. In this month’s Chat With Mer, I’m sitting down with my friend and colleague Cassandra Massey, Estate Planning Attorney and mom of two young boys, to discuss this topic. I admire Cassandra for her sustainable business success while remaining active in her children’s school and local community. I’m thrilled to discuss how she does it, while throwing in some of my own strategies as well. You will learn: What daily life is like managing a household of…

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Make Deliberate Choices to Get the Life You Want

My husband and I just finished taking a course to help us learn how to maximize our children’s education. It was a bit of a hassle to go to the class every Wednesday evening for two months, hire a babysitter, and make arrangements to be away from home for two and a half hours, but I’m really glad we did it. That (relatively) small time investment purposefully brought the two of us together to develop a family dynamic, routines, and practices to support our children in getting the most from their education. This is an area that…

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Learning to Ride a Bike

Parenting is filled with joys and challenges. Recently, my family went from the high of my 4-year-old son learning finally to dress himself (by the way, I didn’t know there were about 10 different ways to put on a shirt, including wearing it upside down), to the low of my 5-year-old daughter’s confidence being crushed as my son learned to ride his bike without training wheels before she had mastered the same skill. The area where we live is filled with children—10 or 12 of various ages—with my children being the youngest. Mostly boys, the dead-end street…

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Getting into the Christmas Spirit: Jammie Party Recap

Several weeks ago, I looked at my young children (ages 4 and 5) and realized that I wanted to give them the experience of what the holidays are all about: giving to others. I remember when I was young, my family gave gifts and a bag of groceries to a family we never met so that they could have a nice Christmas. I also remember selecting an ornament from a Christmas tree in the lobby of one of my employers that identified a 7-year-old girl who really wanted a doll for Christmas. Those are some of the…

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