Fibromyalgia and Parenting

Fibromyalgia and Parenting

It’s 1:56 a.m today, and I am sitting in my bathroom. I am experiencing a lot of pain in my left shoulder and arm, but even worse than that, I feel horrible about an episode with my 5 year old last night. I have chosen to alternate between baths and showers for my kids. It [...]

Coronavirus in a 450 sq ft apartment

Coronavirus in a 450 sq ft apartment

First, I felt a headache and then came the fever. It felt like a normal, “I’m not feeling very well sort of situation,” but a few hours later, after some rest overnight, I was in the worst pain of my life. My body ached like I had gotten into a knock down drag out fight [...]

Who Bears the Weight of Effective Communication?

Who Bears the Weight of Effective Communication?

Late last year, I had the pleasure of sitting through a company mandated class on effective communication. When the class began, I expected it to be similar to much of the work studied in my industrial/organizational psychology classes that emphasized effective communication being a two way street. Boy was I wrong. The speaker was actually [...]

Acne: A Lesson on Beauty

Acne: A Lesson on Beauty

There are a couple of things that I thought I left in my teenage years; glitter cosmetics, the idea of being friends after a break up and acne. Unfortunately that last one has been lingering with me like a bad breakup. I can’t drink enough water, cut out enough meat and dairy, try enough skin [...]

The Power of Yes: 4 Reasons to Say Yes More than No

The Power of Yes: 4 Reasons to Say Yes More than No

A few days ago, I was talking to a coworker. She is an older woman who I have gotten to know. She has committed over 40 years to the company and has raised a beautiful daughter who is in the tech industry. With her daughter’s success comes the opportunity to travel around the world. Since [...]

Countdown to 2020!

Countdown to 2020!

Well, it’s about that time. Christmas is over and the new year is upon us. It’s a great time to take stock of your accomplishments in 2019 and create goals to maximize that. With those goals, a plan should follow. I have never committed to a New Year’s Resolution. The process of progress is always [...]

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from my family to yours. I know that the holidays are a time for family, sharing and giving. A time to reflect on what has passed in anticipation of what is to come. I want us to remember those who are not in a place to celebrate in a way that evokes all [...]

Do I suck at making new friends?

Do I suck at making new friends?

Lately I have found myself stewing in a pot of questions. The one that stands out the most is, “Do I suck at making new friends?” I fall in the middle ground when it comes to making new friends. I know I am introverted—not shy—and connecting with people comes easily to me, because I have [...]

A Nighttime Dilemma: Bath then Dinner or Dinner then Bath?

A Nighttime Dilemma: Bath then Dinner or Dinner then Bath?

There are some dilemmas we face that require exceptional critical thinking. I am not sure this one falls into that category, but I dare to ask any of you moms and dads out there. Do you do bath then dinner or dinner then bath? Thinking about these things can give me parental whiplash. I ask [...]

A Sigh of Relief

A Sigh of Relief

I am finally able to kick my feet up, because yesterday was my final for this semester. I am so relieved. I am so happy to get a break from the anxiety and stress. Someone, pour me a stiff drink, because I need one. I can finally get some time to take care of me [...]