Invest In Yourself

I share posts about my personal path through pain and pretty stuff on this blog. This post builds on that, because I want to show you a light at the end of the tunnel on the hunch it gives you hope for yourself. Here’s how you can add a dimension to your own personal power. Quietly save money. We live in a culture that values money above too many other things – like it or not. I hate it, but I get it. I took note as a teenager and have made decisions along the way with the end game in mind. Do I worship money? Not. Even. Kind. Of. BUT, I understand it’s power in a financially enterprising society. In a world that screams ‘be rich’ with imagery and messaging, you have to find a way to toss toxins that make financial independence seem unreachable. Note it, don’t absorb it, and move on. You have immeasurable value just because you are here. Money is not...

Just Get Going!

Join me in my latest book writing adventures by embarking on your own imperfect adventurous quest diving in to something you’ve wanted to do. Focus on the journey, growth, and adventure of it by tossing perfectionism aside! Go be you! To all of the sideline sitting naysayers waiting to – tsk tsk – you for reducing the value of having everything ‘just right’… smile, stay kind, let them know you love their engagement with you on your adventure, and keep trying new things. Appreciate engagement, but don’t let others derail your focus. We only have so many years on this planet and the world can get very small, controlled, and sanitary as we age if we don’t champion our right to be imperfect and keep trying new things with the confidence to learn as we go. Playfulness keeps you young at heart and vibrant. Outside of exercise and good...

Women & Agency

The title of this post is one of my primary reasons for writing my brand new book – 9 Word Rethink To Get On With Life. I don’t want to see women lose the agency we have built up to now – as we watch countless people looking for ways to control our experience commonly glueing it to politics. I don’t want to get political… at. all.  It’s disheartening that merely talking about a female’s earthly experience has to become something political like women are chess pieces on a board we don’t fully individually control – as about half of the population. In my book, I share very human vulnerable experiences I have had over the years that chip away at the very idea of woman having full control of her life.  Plus, the experiences I share show some instances of frustrating, sad, and damaging disrespect plenty of women endure. Each of my...

People Are Finding My Book

Many people are ordering my book which is something special to think about and I’m grateful. It’s called 9 Word Rethink To Get On With Life and its available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Some might wonder why I’d share information about myself the way I have in this book when it’s not necessary. My answers are simple. What am I clinging to? Am I holding on to some belief I can pretend I’m something different than I am? Am I trying to hold myself above others to pretend success comes easily and simply? I know who I am and I like her. I’m grateful for any good fortune I’ve had in this colorful life each of us lives, but that doesn’t come without tough stuff, too. We’re, too often, encouraged to pile up success markers and blame anyone who’ll absorb it when bad stuff happens. My goal is to balance out some of that by sharing...

Writing Construction Zone

Let’s talk about writing and this fascinating book project I’ve embarked on in the last few days. It’s now published and available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It’s called 9 Word Rethink To Get On With Life. I’ve written, edited, and taught writing for years. I have little ego about it. I’m published many times over in digital media nationally and internationally, but have never published in book form over the years. I wanted to dive in and learn how that was done to grow in that direction. I’m not perfect and I’m so incredibly comfortable with my imperfection as a writer I cannot even fully express it. Historically, I write for the ear and this book project has been a superb opportunity to focus on the written word for paper or screen. There’s a difference and it boils down to passive versus active absorption of information. I...

Growing Up In A Creative Clan

I come from a family that is curious, creative, and warm. I grew up in a family of professional entertainers traveling all over the U.S. and Canada for decades. I have to say this many times when I talk about them, because of what I’m about to share which in this case is a picture that requires a little context. This page with this blog post is a vintage shot of my parents and the older three kids of the six in our family. I’m number five in the line. Interestingly, this particular set of costumes in the photo was stolen out of the family car at one point. Months later, my family received a call that these costumes, along with some other equipment had been strewn throughout someone’s yard a state away and our contact name was on one of the suitcases. My dad drove hours to retrieve our stuff. Life is a funny thing. I’m lucky to have the love and support of my mom...

This woman finished her first book! I’ve been finalizing the cover this week.  Plus, I’ve been going back and forth on final interior modifications this week, as well.  It’s been fascinating, unbelievable fun, and it’s now ready to go. My understanding is my book will be available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites by Thanksgiving – likely before.  I just learned it’s ready for pre-orders now. I can’t believe it. I’m proud of the love and hard work in this bucket list project. I’ve been asked how long I’ve been writing this and the answer is all my life. I hope this is the first of more to come. This book is about learning a new way to love yourself as we grow, mature, and decide who we will become throughout our lives. I share pieces of my own journey – personal and professional – in my experiences these...

Social Energy at the Public Square

Columbus, Ohio Never be a food snob. Learn from everyone you meet – the fish guy at your market, the lady at the local diner, farmers, cheese makers. Ask questions, try everything and eat up!  -Rachael Ray