Click on Pause for Sanity

I just took a little break from my life, so I know. Pausing the momentum of whatever you’re doing in life resets it, so you can start again. Start down the same path with new vigor, or change direction to begin a new phase. The pause in mental activity gives you a...

Vacations Can Be Stressful – 7/08

I’m back. I’m amazed. My first cruise ever woke me up to a word I’ve never attached to myself before, “complacency”. Climbing into my own bed after a week on this huge floating hotel made me realize how great I already had it at home. No matter where you live, it...

Decisions Drain Our Brains – 7/08

‘Scuse me for being excited. In two days I embark on my very first cruise and my lack of stress and frenetic planning is, in fact,  freaking my husband out. Why, just now hit me: It’s the first vacation ever where the responsibility of the planning wasn’t up to...

Enjoy the Summer Kid Show – 6/08

If you live in my part of the world, summer vacation is about to begin. Losing track of this fact is easy when you’re beyond those child rearing years. But the absence of yellow buses, and hearing the chatter of children in the middle of the day, takes me back to all...

Embrace Changing Seasons – 7/07

The transition from summer vacation to the school year is different for those of us without children; changes in our seasons revolve mostly around rotating clothes. Activities will soon start filling the calendar, and thoughts will slowly turn to Halloween costumes,...

Vacation Close to Home – 6/07

Every year about this time I get slightly jealous of all the tropical cruises, Italian villas and road trips that people talk about. But this summer I’ve started looking at all the great places close to home that I’ve ignored because of my vacation daydreaming. (I...

Celebrate Summer’s End – Aug. ’05

Some of you have waited for the end of summer since the beginning, “Yea, the kids are back in school!” Try something different this time. Kick off this new section of the year with a little celebration. As a stay-home-mom, I once toasted the end of this “bored kids...

Expect Summer Changes – July ’05

Expectations are killers. If you expect to continue your routine in the summer, when your children are home for 3 months, you’ll be frustrated every day. Instead, just know that summer is different and try to alter your calendar accordingly, going with the flow....