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LIFE

Family Camp

Family Camp

​Wait. Writers Camp, Couples Camp, and now Family Camp? We’ll, we’re kicking around the idea. We have many friends who would love to attend Couples Camp (and whom we’d love to have join us), but they have young children whom they aren’t comfortable leaving with other...

Compounding Benefits

Compounding Benefits

​Mike and I are more than halfway through our 4th month of GRIT. We’ve done 4 consecutive months of these challenges – daily physical exercises followed by writing prompts, the results of which are shared within the private GRIT group. We are also approaching the...

Find a Way

Find a Way

At no point throughout this debacle did we think that a little detail like lack of shoes would stop us from completing a challenge that we’d committed to. We have will, so we’ll always find a way.

The Trials of Travel

The Trials of Travel

The other day I wrote about tag-team parenting and how important it is to trade off the parenting duties, especially when we travel. Otherwise, we might just go crazy. Right now we’re in Mexico living in a tiny space – two bedrooms and a bathroom that we share with...

Traveling Minors

Traveling Minors

At the ages of 10 and 12, it’s time my daughters take a greater role in navigating the logistics of airline travel. We’ll work on one little piece at a time, and eventually we’ll have it all covered, from using airplane mode to filling out customs and immigration forms.

The Discomfort Zone

The Discomfort Zone

I’m currently in Mexico with my husband and two daughters. Ivy, my ten-year-old, has spent a considerable part of this trip in her discomfort zone. It started with a girls-only bike ride. Ivy was by far the youngest participant in our group of nine bikers, organized...

The Active Mindset

The Active Mindset

In relationships, I can see that I have the active mindset when it comes to those closest to me, but I’ve been passive in other relationships. I see this with family members whom I don’t see regularly and know there is more that I could do to stay connected.

LEGACY

On Purpose

On Purpose

What is purpose? What does it mean to dedicate one’s life to a just cause? I immediately think of a detail from the movie The Professional. In the movie, before Jean Reno’s character gets entangled with Natalie Portman’s character, one really important part of the...

What Is ImpactClub?

What Is ImpactClub?

By each giving $100, we pool our donations to $23,000. That amount of money can be a game changer for some of the amazing organizations doing good work in our community.

Record Keeping

Record Keeping

​My daughters periodically ask me to tell them stories about themselves when they were younger. I have a few favorites, like when we came home from a camping trip and Ivy, having grown accustomed to peeing in the wild, dropped her pants to urinate on our front lawn....

Living a Better Story is Easier than Most Realize

Living a Better Story is Easier than Most Realize

When you are not living a good story, you spend a lot of time wondering and hoping you find your purpose, your passion, something meaningful beyond your job, your circumstances. It’s like you feel deep inside you were destined for something more or something bigger, but you just can’t figure out which door to open and which door to shut.

Exit the Road of Regret

Exit the Road of Regret

After the last real estate crash, I had to rebuild financially. But slowly, I built my real estate business up to a level where it was thriving. I could see the next 10 years. I was in a good spot. I could have stayed on that road, hit cruise control, and had a pretty...

Veterans Day, 2019

Veterans Day, 2019

On the 4th of July, he was in his final days. My sister and I later learned that we’d both been hoping he would pass then, because he probably would’ve wanted it that way.

Who Are the Heroes in the Room?

Who Are the Heroes in the Room?

Recently we held our quarterly ImpactClub event. We have 230 members (who need not be present to participate). Each donates $100. We hear from 3 charities for 5 minutes each. Then the members at the event vote and the winning charity takes home the pot. 230 members x...

What Stands in a Storm

What Stands in a Storm

Why was I so impacted by this book? I’m aware of the fact that things like death and terror and tragedy are always present in the world, but those facts don’t put me in tears. And then I realized that that’s the power of Story.

LIVELIHOOD

No Such Thing As Stuck

No Such Thing As Stuck

Last year we helped our daughters start a business. They’re The Sugar Sisters. They make and sell cotton candy for birthday parties and other events. We also had pop-up cotton candy sales downtown on a few Saturdays. That was one hell of a sales lesson for my girls....

Duration has Nothing to Do with Intensity

Duration has Nothing to Do with Intensity

I used to think working for 15 hours a day meant I was applying more intensity to my work and therefore expected better results from my efforts. But when I really examined where and how I spent each hour, I realized there was a lot of unproductive time mixed in. And when I say a lot, I mean it shocked me…

All Figured Out

All Figured Out

​I’m a born planner, so I’d like nothing more than to have everything all figured out. When I was ten I wrote out what my budget would be in my adult life. (Don’t worry, I accounted for inflation.) I listed my projected salary as a cartoonist and then deducted...

In Pursuit of Dreams

In Pursuit of Dreams

If you can shift your mindset to find pleasure in the pursuit, you end up making bigger strides. Not fantasizing about the end goal, but taking each necessary step to get there, being present along the journey and finding joy in the slog.

Tag-Team Parenting

Tag-Team Parenting

This morning over breakfast, I told Mike about a project I’m working on and that I’m falling behind schedule. His immediate response was to carve out a portion of the day during which he would take the girls out and occupy them for a few hours. This is a perfect...

Traveling Minors

Traveling Minors

At the ages of 10 and 12, it’s time my daughters take a greater role in navigating the logistics of airline travel. We’ll work on one little piece at a time, and eventually we’ll have it all covered, from using airplane mode to filling out customs and immigration forms.

If You Build It, They Will Come… Not Actually True

If You Build It, They Will Come… Not Actually True

I wonder how many people took that line from Field of Dreams and ran with it. I think a lot of people don’t realize that they’re operating from that mentality when they start something. In Writing: I see a lot of people publish their books and then not understand why...

On Stopping to Think

On Stopping to Think

My kid isn’t late to school because of how fast or slow I drive. If my kid is late to school, it’s because she wasn’t ready on time.

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