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Thursday, January 3, 2019


I had an interesting conversation with one of my sisters the other day. It was about the choices we make career wise. She sometimes feels an indirect pressure from comments made during casual  conversations. An unspoken judgement about her choice to stay in a job that has offered her years of security, travel and most importantly time to raise her family. Now I'm watching an episode of The Real and they are discussing "Complacency vs. Contentment". So here's a question for you.  Are you happy?

I'm very familiar with the feeling that my sister was expressing, thankfully that judgement comes from strangers, never family or friends. Instead of making a list of resolutions for 2019, I have another challenge for you. Make a list of things that make you happy. Truly happy. Then try and move towards making those things happen. It could be something that you do once a day, it could be something that takes 3 years to save for. Let's take some pressure off of ourselves. I have nothing against new year resolutions, this is probably the 3rd year of my life that I haven't made them. Last year I did, but this year I'm in a different place. 

Also, if you can achieve your happy within a work day, great! Sometimes this means leaving the building on your breaks to focus on something other than work. Over the holiday season, my co-workers and I danced, sang, and even did a few sun salutations to make it through the most stressful time of year! Try it, I promise you, it works. If you are not able to achieve any of your happy during a work day, then it may be time to have a bigger conversation with yourself. Here's a link to a great article if you think it's time for a career change, 7 signs you've outgrown your job.

I'm sharing my shortlist with you, I hope it helps you jumpstart your "happiness list"

1. Love
2. Walking
3. Creativity
4. Travel
5. Styling

Thanks for reading,

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Sunday, October 28, 2018


People are dying, Trump is President, and the storms are getting bigger and bigger. It's no wonder I question my role on this planet often. Why am I here? What am I doing to help? The truth is, our personal choices are just that, personal. Some of us march and get loud and that is SO necessary and vital in our world right now.  Some of us don't, and that's ok too. 

When you report for duty everyday, whether you're  teaching young minds, taking care of your family,  or delivering packages, YOU are part of the equation that keeps us all going. We need each other guys. For me, sharing my tips and little slices of life with you and the dialog that happens because of it, gives me comfort and hopefully provides a nice escape from a somewhat unpredictable state of affairs. When we share, we become vulnerable, and in that vulnerability, we are comforted.  I think that's one of the reasons social media is important to so many. 

I also believe that watching The Rock scale a burning building to save his family is just as important as watching the 6 o'clock news. It's actually more important to me right now because I know The Rock is going to come out alive with one kid on his back and holding his wife's hand.  On the other hand, the news just has too many wild cards.

I hope the message I'm sending with this is clear, I am not advocating complacency. I simply feel overwhelmed at times and believe some of you do too. I spoke with my dad this morning and he said something that just clicked. It is important for us to be kind to one another, show compassion and lift each other up. So whether you're on your way to your next rally or doing a Target run, please remember smile at a stranger and know that you've done your tiny part. 

Thanks for reading,

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