Life Balance

By The Skin of my Teeth

Yesterday I barely made it to Zumba class. As the 5:30pm class time approached I kept glancing at the clock. At 4:45pm I told myself that I needed to get my workout clothes on. I didn’t move. At 5:00pm, I reminded myself to get up and get dressed because I needed to leave in 15 minutes. Instead, I continued to be rooted in my chair, trying to figure out how to get some video files off my camera and onto the computer. Not an urgent task but one I wanted to finish in order to feel a…

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I Don’t Want to be That Guy

I have a weird story to tell you. Last weekend we took a road trip and stopped at a gas station for some fuel. I went into the little gas station store to buy some drinks for my family. As I approached the cash register, I noticed a guy in front of me. Normal stuff, right? What was interesting was what he was doing….

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How Dancing With the Stars Feeds my Soul

Time sure seems to be in short supply these days. The hours whiz by and my To Do list is always longer than what I can possibly get done in any given day (or week). It’s a bit demoralizing, to tell you the truth. I have a tendency to measure my sense of accomplishment based on how productive I am. Can you relate? Somewhere along the way I developed the (faulty) belief that my value increases with the amount of stuff I get done. My inner self knows that it’s not true, and I am working on…

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Winky to the Rescue

My toddler takes a small stuffed animal with her everywhere. Grubby and well-loved, Winky is the first one she turns to when things get stressful. By cuddling him my 2 ½ year-old centers herself. He truly is her touchstone.   Why am I telling you this?   Because cherished objects can be life savers in times of transition.   People contemplating deliberate, on-purpose change in their lives face an exciting and scary journey. In my one-on-one work with clients, we identify what a person most wants from their life and then how to make this vision their…

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I Didn’t Make Drill Team in High School

It was pretty traumatic. I danced my heart out at the audition and thought sure I would make it. Drill Team was cool and I really wanted to be part of it. I was so disappointed not to make the cut.   I still love to dance, so I’m thrilled to have discovered my new favorite class at the gym, Dance Boogie.   It’s awesome because: It’s exercise but doesn’t feel like it. The hour is up before I know it! The teacher pairs her instruction with fantastic music (Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas). We learn dance…

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I had a Crappy Day Yesterday

The morning was all right, but by evening things had taken a turn for the worse. What hadn’t gone wrong? My kids were sick, their naps were short, my daughter was whining (as two-year-olds do). My one-year-old was showing symptoms of a condition that landed him in the hospital late last year (so I worried about him). My husband was not feeling well, the dog needed to be walked, the dishes were stacked in the sink and the To Do list felt endless. I held it together until the kids were in bed and then I fled to…

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Lessons I’ve Learned From my Dog

Ok, I’m biased, but I think I have the best dog in the world. Brady, a 3 1/2 year-old Havanese, has a great personality…and he’s cute too. Oh, welcome to my blog, by the way (It won’t always be about dogs, I promise). I could go on and on about my dog’s many great qualities, but I will spare you. Instead, I want to share one lesson I’ve learned from him:

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