5 Things I Learned about Life from Buttermilk

Yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day. I learned some valuable lessons from buttermilk. What does buttermilk have to do with St. Patrick’s Day? Everything. It’s more important than corned beef and cabbage at my house. Buttermilk is the main ingredient in my grandmother’s recipe for Irish Soda Bread. In my quest (yes, it was a quest) [...]

Who is on your personal power team?

Before we can answer the question of who is on your personal power team, we need to understand what our personal vision or objective is. What is most important to you and why?  Often our business and personal lives intersect. If our objectives in one area aren’t aligned with the other, we can feel off [...]

Sometimes Change Feels Like Pulling of a Band-Aid

Sometimes change happens when we least expect it. It’s as if the rug has been pulled out from under us. We’re left on the floor wondering what the hell just happened. It stings and burns. It was forced upon us. We have no plan and don’t even know what our options are. Sometimes change feels [...]

You’re Not a Princess

When I read You’re Not a Princess Ad Campaign Pushes Female Empowerment, I wondered how many women my age need to hear the same message. The message is about being able to take care of yourself. The message is about not needing Prince Charming. It’s about being appreciated and loving yourself for who you are, [...]

Have a Little Faith

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Heb 11:1 That’s one of my favorite verses from the Bible. When all else fails, I have faith. I know I can give it to God and He will take care of me. In 2010 I lost [...]

I Love New York

Last month my boyfriend and I spent a week back east including a few days in New York. We landed at LaGuardia with the choice to go to Connecticut or to Manhattan. We chose Manhattan. I didn’t realize how much I missed New York City until we were in a yellow cab holding on for [...]

You’re Never Too Old for Firsts

You’re never too old for firsts. I have experienced a lot of firsts in my life. First time getting kissed First job interview First day of school First day of a new job First meeting with a prospective client First speech You get the idea. This week was different in a way that has been [...]

0 Days Until I Turn 40

Today is the day. I am 40 years old. As I reflect on the last year, I can say with certainty that it has been a wild ride. When I wrote Reflections on My Thirties on June 13, 2012, I never dreamed how much my life would change in just one year. Cancer still sucks and [...]

12 Second Moment

Last night I conquered my demon, the 12 Second Moment. On April 13, 2013 I represented my Area in the Saguaro Division Toastmasters International Speech Contest. I went (unofficially) 12 seconds over the allowed time of 7:30 for my speech and was disqualified from the competition. My ego was left bruised and battered on the [...]

What the Avocados Taught Me About Change

Sometimes you aren’t ready for change. That’s what happened to my boyfriend when he tried to make guacamole. He tried, for longer than I will admit, to make avocados into guacamole. The avocados weren’t ripe enough. As he told me the story I couldn’t help but think how I am sometimes like those unripened avocados.  [...]