Relationship Reset

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I don’t know about the rest of you, but there are times in a relationship when you just have to hit the reset button.  You find yourself in a rut.  Mike’s and my rut sounds like this:

Me: Good morning.

Mike: Hi, how are you today?  Did you sleep well?

Me:  Pretty well.  How was your work day?

Mike:  Story (…he tells me the latest while I’m eating breakfast or getting Isabelle ready for school). Usually I give him a quick kiss good-bye and ...

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Change: It’s Not a Solitary Thing

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Six weeks ago I decided to make a change.  This change had been a long time coming as I had been doing research for some time (over two years).  Finally, I was ready to pull the trigger and go all in—I made the change to a plant based diet.  Essentially, I am eating a vegan style diet—no animal products.  I made the switch on a Friday right before hosting a party for my husband’s birthday the following night.  Our friends ...

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The Tie that Binds

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I’ve already had an amazing morning.  I was walking Husker (our golden retriever) this morning to the sound of a distant rooster crowing.  And while journaling and meditating on my day, I watched as the birds began their morning descent on the bird feeder outside my kitchen window—the sparrows were sparring for prime real estate at the feeder. The bright red cardinal was happily picking up dropped seeds from the ground.  Just then, the sun cut through the trees with ...

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The Little Engine That Could

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As a child my brother’s favorite bedtime story was “The Little Engine That Could”. I would listen as my mom read it every night when it was my brother’s turn to choose the bedtime story.

It wasn’t until now as an adult that I truly appreciate the story of “The Little Engine That Could” and have decided that that particular story book is my new mantra.

A mantra, or attitude, that anything is possible if we put our mind to it and ...

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The Price of Living in a Future that Hasn’t Come

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Over the weekend I had the opportunity to take a few long walks with Husker and really give some thought to my gift and curse of being a futurist (Futurist–that’s what Gallup tells me is one of my top five strengths).  I’m always looking ahead. Dreaming. Thinking about what could be.  That’s great if you’re creating a vision and setting incremental goals to achieve it.  It’s not so great if it makes you look at your present as though it’s ...

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Seeing with New Eyes Through Loss

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While I was out on leave, my 11 year old dog Max took a turn for the worse as his cancer came out of remission and he began to have difficulty breathing.  At the same time Max’s condition was worsening, our 20+ year old cat, Frank, was succumbing to his feline renal failure.  I made the call to our vet, Dr. Denise Pearson at Pipe Creek Animal Clinic, and we made our final plans for an at home euthanasia for ...

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The Space Between

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I’m recovering from a hysterectomy.  I am a terrible patient.  As a lifelong overachiever and eternal optimist, I tend to believe I can defy the laws of nature and heal overnight.  Well, as usual, nature wins.  Some really smart women warned me of the “good day” when I would feel pretty great and then go and do too much which would be followed by the “hit by a truck day(s)”.  Yep.  It’s all true.  They were right.  So, this week ...

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Endurance

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I’m not sure why, but recently I’ve spent a lot of quiet time musing about endurance.  In my twenties and thirties I was a distance runner and always associated endurance with my running and competition. I studied it based upon the foods I ate, sleep patterns and resting heart rate.  Constantly trying to figure out what contributed to greater or less endurance on my long runs.

Now that I’m nearly 50, I see endurance much differently than I did when my ...

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Baptism, Love Pangs and Letting Go

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Over the Easter weekend, my son, Will, was re-baptized.  When he called to tell me about it on Tuesday (yes—Tuesday) I was confused and curious about why he would be going through baptism again.  I immediately thought some outside influence had to be involved so I asked, “What inspired you to want to get baptized again?”  His answer was better than I could have imagined.
“Mom, I have been taking a small group class on Tuesday nights, with a group ...

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Life. Unplugged

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As I’m writing tonight, the rain is pouring outside and making the most interesting sound on our pool cover.  My big chicken dog, Husker, is curled up on the bed beside me.  There’s no daylight between the two of us.  His side presses into my thigh every time he breaths.  My youngest daughter, Isabelle, is curled up on the floor—camped out because the rain freaks her out and according to her, “Mom, you make me feel safe.”  Max, my other ...

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