Category archives: Life Reflections

Some teenage obsessions don’t burn out or fade away Bookmark and Share

No matter how old we get, somehow the teenager within us finds ways to shine through. For me it was tonight, watching “Rock of Ages.” Was it good? Probably not. Could I turn it off? Not a chance in hell. Will I watch it again? Well, I might just buy the damn thing and I only own one other DVD.

You see when I was 13, I lost my mind over long-haired glam bands. As Journey would say, I was “just a small-town girl living in a lonely world.” When I discovered rock ballads and men wearing makeup and tight ...

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Let your imagination run wild Bookmark and Share

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As we were getting ready for school and work this morning my 5-year-old daughter out of the blue exclaimed, “I’m always going to play even when I’m a grown up. You never play.”

Ouch. Reality really does bite, especially coming from an observant preschooler. I don’t really play enough and her comment got me thinking about what I was like as a child. My mom always said I was 3 going on 30 because I was serious and responsible (like my spawn), but I also had a wild imagination. I spent endless hours in my own make-believe ...

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Giving up the teenage dream Bookmark and Share

At 17, I planned out my entire life until age 30: a college degree and marriage by 22 followed by two children (girl then boy), a master’s degree and a fulfilling professional career by 30. My plans didn’t go beyond that, so apparently I was going to drop dead or go insane after that crazy journey.

This plan made perfect sense in my naïve mind. I was already engaged (feel free to roll your eyes, I always do when I think of it) and had begun freshman year of college. Fortunately, it didn’t pan out. Instead college ...

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My mother: what I still have time say Bookmark and Share

Yesterday, I read an amazing post by Megan O’Rourke, whose mother died when she was 32, called “My Mother: What I wish I could say.” It is a touching tribute to the little and big things that we can longer say once someone is gone. It inspired me to write this post because I am lucky enough to have this day to say some of the things that I haven’t said.

I hope you’ll share with me the things you want to say to your mother (or whomever), but more important I hope it inspires you to ...

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Imposter at the wheel Bookmark and Share

At this week’s staff meeting, our CEO talked about a survey in which more than 80 percent of people said they feel like imposters at work, always wondering when someone would figure out they didn’t know what they were doing. I immediately looked at my friend and coworker sitting next to me, and we stifled our laughter since we’ve had that conversation many a time.

Most of my professional life, I’ve felt like a fraud with the motto of “fake it till you make it.” I’ve been waiting a long time for a mild breeze ...

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