The Simple Beauty of a Monday Birthday Bookmark and Share

The Simple Beauty of a Monday Birthday

When my alarm started singing at 5:30 this morning, I quickly hit snooze and snuggled under the covers to lament about how Monday is the worst day to have a birthday.

Calling in sick on your birthday is highly suspicious, so I pulled my groggy butt out of bed and attempted to prepare myself for the first day of what will be an exhausting week.

In recent years I’ve started this weird habit on my birthday of asking myself, “If I died today, would I be happy?” It sounds morbid, but it helps keep me honest.

 Today’s ...

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A Beautiful Fall into Middle Age Bookmark and Share

A Beautiful Fall into Middle Age

It happens every September. That moment when I notice how the sky has taken on a brilliant blue hue that happens only in fall. The angle of the sun hits in a way that makes everything glow. The air takes on a crispness even when the temps are high.

 It’s at that moment each year when my heart sings, full of joy I can hardly contain. Maybe it’s because I was born in October, but fall has always been my favorite season. The world seems at its most exquisite.


When I entered my 40s two years ago, I ...

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A Blast from the Past Can Be a Needed Kick in the Ass Bookmark and Share

A Blast from the Past Can Be a Needed Kick in the Ass

The universe is at it again. This time in the form of an out-of-the-blue call from a former colleague I haven’t spoken with in more than a year. He and another former coworker were in town on business and wanted to see if I might be able to get together for a drink or dinner.

It was a last-minute request, and my schedule wouldn’t allow for it. Still, we chatted for about 20 minutes, and it felt great to catch up. We’d survived some difficult work challenges together over the years, and I realized how much I ...

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Who Knew Bouncing Was So Much Fun? Bookmark and Share

When my husband suggested a staycation earlier this year, I was skeptical—and a bit bitter about the prospect. It’s been a number of years since we’ve had what I would call a vacation getaway.

However, a backyard vacation made the most sense given that we didn’t want to leave our aging cat alone for an extended period of time, and we have a basement we want to remodel this year. So we set some ground rules: no checking in with work, no excessive computer use, lots of dining out so there wouldn’t be a kitchen ...

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Boundaries=Balance=Happiness Bookmark and Share

It’s been four months since I wrote a blog post—and here’s why. I’ve been searching for the elusive key to happiness. Now that I’ve found it, I can share. The key (at least for me) is boundaries.

Sadly, boundaries are my Achilles heel—and I’ve developed one hell of an aching foot (not just because of my plantar fasciitis flare up). In fact, due to my inability to erect boundaries, my entire body is suffering and so are my mind, the cleanliness of my house, my friendships, my family and my own happiness.

When ...

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