February 6, 2015

You are the Only Person Who Can Change Your Life

This is not a thinly veiled attack on anyone or anything that may or may not be launching at the moment. I think there is room for everyone, and a market for all businesses. And more power to the people who are killing it at the moment. But this is me being annoyed with marketing tactics that don’t just imply but out and out say that the person who is launching the program is changing lives. Because that’s not true. No one can change your life but you. No one can make you get your butt out of bed every day […]
February 5, 2015

New Orleans Owns My Heart

My husband is a country kind of guy. And I love that about him. Me, I’m more of a hybrid. I feel perfectly at home in our house in the midst of corn fields (or soybeans, depending on the year) or in a city. I love NYC. I’ve only been there three times, but it was great. Up until this past year, though, I would absolutely name Chicago as my go-to favorite. And I still love it there. The city is vibrant. It’s super easy to get around with public transportation, the lake is gorgeous, I love the architecture, and […]
February 3, 2015

Norway: Land of the Vikings

So, to be completely honest, Norway was not ever on my list of places to see before I die. I am pretty open about that when I talk to my Norwegian friends (yes, I actually have a ton), and because I’m now a huge advocate for the lovely country, I think they forgive me. In fact, it was so not on my list that I had no intention of ever going there. I was dead wrong. Like way past dead wrong. Norway is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. The Fjords are gorgeous. I’ve never felt safer in […]
November 10, 2014

How I Live On Purpose

I’m sharing how I live on purpose in support of my friend Dr. Danielle Dowling and her new book The Soul Sessions, a 5-week guide to crafting greater joy and making big things happen. Get a wee, free sample here! The thing about living on purpose is that it’s a constant struggle. It never ends, and it’s something you have to consciously do every single day. You have to get out of bed in the morning ready to say yes or no to everything that comes your way. This sounds like such an easy thing – but it absolutely IS NOT. Because […]
September 1, 2014

Don’t Be A Copy

If there is one thing that makes me absolutely insane as a web designer, it’s people who tell me, “I want a website exactly like this…” Because you don’t. You may think that’s what you want, but it isn’t. And here’s why. That website was created for someone else. And it fits them. You are not them. Therefore, that website is not perfect for you. You can love it all day. And you can feel free to be inspired by it, but you can not copy it. Okay, technically you can, but you don’t want to be that person. You […]
July 9, 2014

If You Want to Fly…

Have you seen The Darjeeling Limited? It’s a film by Wes Anderson. His movies are different. And they are some of my favorites. My husband and I watched TDL last night. We’ve seen it at least a half dozen times before, but it’s my favorite from the WA Anthology. With Wes Anderson films, there is so much to notice. The way the camera moves over details and reveals things that aren’t said is inspiring. They are chock full of symbolism – but it’s not the kind that half the people watching the movie don’t get. It’s clear. Clear in a […]
June 18, 2014

Sometimes Winners Quit

One of my very first clients was a nutritionist. I did a ton of copy-writing for her and managed her newsletter. She had a whole team of people, and one of her favorite ways to motivate us was to spout this quote: “How you do one thing is how you do everything.” I don’t know who said it originally – but I do know that it never worked on me. Mostly because I believe it’s total bunk. At one point she decided that the entire group would do the Lime-Aid Cleanse. It consists of clearing your bowels out with a […]
June 16, 2014

Nothing is EVER Going to be Perfect

I do not consider myself to be a perfectionist. But I am a control freak. A control freak with very strong opinions. And apparently, though I’m not a perfectionist, I do have a strong desire for real life to match up with the way I’ve imagined it. Okay, fine, I lean towards perfection. My husband and I just took our three charming children on an adventure that I’ve dubbed “The Roadtrip of a Lifetime”. We spent 16 days in our Tahoe and Camper seeing a large swath of the United States, and nearly every National Park or Monument along the […]
April 15, 2014

Life’s a Journey, Not a Destination

Yep, that’s from an Aerosmith song. It’s also the truth. Yesterday I realized that it has been nearly 12 years since I worked at a job. Like a real job. Where you go to an office and have to be there every day from 9am to 5pm. And there is a boss who gets mad at you for being late, or taking a long lunch. (Although, really, my boss at that job would never have gotten mad about either – he was probably late too). It was at a TV Station, and I was the administrative assistant as well as a […]
March 15, 2014

It doesn’t make any sense

I think it’s safe to say that most people would agree with me that this winter has been a helluva trial. It’s been ridiculously cold. We’ve had a stupid amount of snow. And for my entire life I’ve lived in Ohio or Michigan, so it’s not like I don’t know what winter is like. In fact, it’s been so cold that I’ve worn a coat all winter. And I pride myself on not ever really needing a winter coat unless it’s below 15 degrees. The bonus of the bone-chilling cold is that the Great Lakes are pretty much frozen solid. […]
February 18, 2014

We Gonna Do What They Say Can’t Be Done.

You know, it never occurs to you quite how impactful the things you watch as a child are – until you watch them as an adult. The first instance of this was when I was watching Alf with my kids last year. I did not realize how many fashion/hair choices I made based on the daughter from Alf; and from Blossom; and from Full House. Let’s just say oversized sweaters and leg warmers were worn a lot. Thank the Lord, I moved on from those days. Then I was watching The Dukes of Hazzard. It’s no secret that I was […]
December 16, 2013

Less is More

Today is my very last day to be this age. Tomorrow I go up a year. And while the last year has had some rough spots, it was probably, the single most amazing year I’ve had yet. I did not realize this until I compiled an album of highlights of the year. When I did that, I was just coming out the other side of a few rough months, and while they were not the best that the year had to offer, it’s not like anything horrible happened – just not anything super great. But when I looked back over […]