The card I never sent

September 21, 2016

  “Oh my God! I think I’m turning into mom!” My sisters and I used to joke. My mom was a good sport about it 😉 Which is why I bought this card for her many Halloweens ago. And for many Halloweens I thought I would get around to sending it to her… Because it […]

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8 Life Lessons from the Game of Tennis

September 8, 2016

Yesterday I had my first ever city league tennis match. I won. Barely. By a 10-point tie-breaker (12-10). Warming up with my opponent, I was pretty sure I had her. I started strong. In fact, I was starting to feel preemptively sorry for her. Somehow managing to exhibit a ridiculous amount of arrogance while also […]

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What My Son Taught Me About Doing the Easy Thing Instead

August 24, 2016

My son just learned how to tie his shoes. He’s eight. Now, I know a lot of kids learn to tie their shoes sooner.  I personally know a few preschoolers who can. But, truthfully, it hasn’t been on my radar…what with all the Velcro these days. Plus, just like riding a bike, I figured he’d […]

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5 No-Fail Strategies to Stick With It (Even When You Feel Ridiculous)

August 10, 2016

When I was in college I wanted to be a communications major. My communications advisor, during our first meeting, asked me what I wanted to do in communications. “I’d like to report the news,” I told him. “Oh that’s not really journalism. It’s more for models.” In an instant, right then and there, I let […]

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35 Excuses Keeping You From Being Happy

July 27, 2016

No excuses. Just happy. My mom used to call me a “malcontent.” I hated it when she called me that. But now I see that she was right. I always had a reason why I couldn’t be happy. Here are a few excuses I used to make that kept me from being happy. Chances are […]

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[guest post] Why You Should Just Eat the Damn Cookie

June 29, 2016

[Note from Amy: Hope you enjoy this is a guest post by Barb Spanjers. I love her take on why bonafide grown-ups STILL don’t know how to feed themselves!] Are you as tired of these kinds of headlines as I am? Eat This! Not That! 5 Foods Never to Eat! If You Eat That Oreo, […]

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Giving Up: A Cautionary Tale

June 15, 2016

Saying goodbye to the person I thought I should be. There once was a woman who lost a mother (her number one fan) three months before becoming a mother herself. The stress of this loss and her new job as a mom forced her to finally give up trying to pretend to be something she […]

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Down in the Dumps? How to Feel Better in 30 Seconds or Less

May 18, 2016

The other day I saw a very touching exchange on Facebook between some family members. And its embarrassing to admit but, instead of being happy about it, I made it all about me. I made it mean… I’m not lovable. I don’t fit in. I’m an outsider. The same story I’ve been telling myself for […]

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How I Almost Lost My Life (And What it Taught Me About Life)

May 4, 2016

(The Deschutes) I came within minutes of drowning once. My husband and I were rafting with some friends down the Deschutes River. We were on a two-person raft. We came upon a very large boulder in the middle of the river and didn’t maneuver past it in time. So the raft floated into it, going […]

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Roses

April 20, 2016

A few months after my mom died I went to a class called “Connecting with Your Loved Ones on the Other Side.” The teacher told us to expect a sign from a loved one over the next few days. The thing is, I don’t have woo woo experiences (despite all the books I read). Never […]

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