My Top 9 Excuses for Not Being Around Much Lately (Part 2)
Thanks for joining me. If you missed part 1, click here for a quick catch up. As you may know, I have been quietly neglecting my blog for a few months and felt it was important that you understand the completely compelling reasons for my absence. I know you have lost sleep over this. [caption id="attachment_2360" align="alignnone" width="610" caption="Photo Credit: Buckingham Fountain by Kim Bauer; Copyright 2011"][/caption] Excuse #6: Chicago is “my kind of town.” At least I am trying to convince myself and my kids of that because we might have to move there since my husband has been ...
How to Help Teens Recognize and Tame Perfectionism
[caption id="attachment_2420" align="alignnone" width="337" caption="Photo Credit: say no to peer pressure by 13morbidmouse13-d330u3u"][/caption] The teenage mind is quite possibly one of the most complex systems on the planet. Just because we managed to survive our own teen struggles, doesn’t necessarily leave us well prepared to help our kids. Teens today face pressures we never dreamed of—college entrance exams, peer pressure from social media, lack of worthwhile role models and mentors, a sense of entitlement, schools that are not necessarily “safe”, and hints of even global instability. When my daughter recently told me that she is struggling with being “too critical of herself”, ...
How Little We Know, How Eager to Learn—Life Lessons from Sir John Marks Templeton.
The underlying goal of my writing is to find people, places and things that are fabulous and share them through a very personal lens with my readers. I look for “take home value”…concepts, ideas or products that you can put to use immediately. Fabulous things and places are abundant. Discovering legitimately fabulous and inspiring people is like finding a needle in a haystack. I often resort to the history archives to find worthy role models. One unblemished exception, and possibly one of the greatest influences in my life has been Sir John Marks Templeton who holds a special place in contemporary ...
My Top 9 Excuses for Not Being around Much Lately (Part 1)
If you follow my blog with any regularity, you may have noticed I haven't been posting much over the last 4 months (okay, 6). I thought I owed you an explanation and it basically comes down to a list of excuses. Excuse #9: Nature called (as in Breckenridge) and I really needed to focus my energy on our Christmas picture with it being June and all. So, we made a pilgrimage to Colorado but instead of driving we flew because our dog died which was really, REALLY sad. [caption id="attachment_2331" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Photo Credit: Kim Bauer; 2011 All Rights Reserved"][/caption] I know ...
My Top 9 Excuses For Not Being Around Much Lately (Part 3…)
Allrighty then... I know you have been waiting for it. The characters have been developed. The plot has thickened, and here we are at the climax and conclusion of my dramatic list of excuses for neglecting my blog. If you missed Part 1 or Part 2, take a moment to get up to speed. If you have been hanging on the edge of your laptop, here it is. There is even a moral to the story. I don't disappoint. Excuse #3: I got stuck in my car for 10,000 miles. Really! Summer kind of exhausted me. I was all purposeful ...
I say this in jest… While awaiting the rapture on May 21, 2011, I was caught up in reflection about the state of the planet and my own life. 10 years ago, I had a very short list of things that truly concerned me. I am not a “believer of the end of times philosophies [...]
I have often imagined how I would feel on this day—the day when sweet revenge was delivered and Osama Bin Laden ceased to exist. My father in law called this evening to let us know. We turned on the news to see people celebrating in mass on the streets of America with chants of “USA”. [...]
I love spontaneous getaways. Well, really I don’t. I am married to Mr. Spontaneous and it makes for interesting challenges. But then again, sometimes, it’s good to bust out of your “discomfort zone” and get away for a weekend to visit a big fairy tale castle with your best friend from college and your lovely [...]
In the past year, I have received three Versatile Blogger Awards. I just realized that the whole point of this award is to pay it forward to other versatile bloggers. Duh… So, this time, I am determined to bring it over the goal line, giving thanks to the fabulous women who thought I deserved this, [...]
Six months ago, I made a public vow to get myself back in shape down to the cellular level. How am I doing? Honestly, I am not where I wanted to be. I did make some behavior changes. I started working out 4 days a week doing mostly power yoga with instruction from my favorite [...]
So, you decided to begin storing food. Perhaps you’ve read a few articles, watched a few survival videos, and maybe even purchased a few supplies. You were motivated and inspired and then BAM!–you hit a wall. I know when I began working on my EPP (Emergency Preparedness Plan) and LTFS (Long term Food Storage), I [...]
All this talk of long term food storage has gotten me in the mood for cooking large batches of yummy stuff that I can freeze. I bought a 7lb. pork roast on sale this week. Have you ever held 7lbs of pork? Let’s just say that based on the online picture, I didn’t know what [...]
Here are 5 Simple Strategies to Help You Get Off the Couch and Get ‘er Done. Lately, I have written a lot about a phenomenon called “the normalcy bias”. With all the disasters taking place around the world in the last year, (i.e. earthquake in Chile, New Zealand, Japan, chaos on a massive scale in [...]
Earthquakes. Tsunamis. Nuclear Meltdowns. The Tragedy in Japan is a Heartbreaking Reminder to Prepare.
“A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” – Proverbs 22:3 I’d like to start with a prayer for the people of Japan. May God be with them during this time of uncertainty and help them rebuild quickly and heal their souls. My [...]
Yesterday, I received my first shipment of dehydrated food from Shelfreliance.com. Since I placed my order, I have been sleeping better. Is preparedness the new sleep drug of the 2010’s? Hmmmm…. I realize that to some of you, this talk of emergency preparedness seems far out. Maybe I really have fallen into the lunatic fringe, [...]