Category: Inspiration

  • Start With Why is the Secret to Success

    For those of you that have children, or who have worked with children we know all too well that “Why?” seems like the only word in their vocabulary.  For a parent, the 300th “Why?” can make us crazy, but after reading Simon Sinek’s Book, Start with Why, perhaps  children are way ahead of the game.…

  • It’s a Sad Year When You Don’t Learn Something New!

          My Grandfather always used to say, “It’s a sad day when you don’t learn something new.”  As one who loves to learn, I remind myself of this on a daily basis. I try and learn something new every day. When we celebrate New Year’s many people are reflective, and I am no exception.…

  • Don’t Let Good Health Prevent Good Judgement

    For those of you that have followed my blog, you know that I have a strong commitment to my health. I eat well (most of the time), exercise as often as I’m able (not as much as I’d like), and I stay focused on the positive. Throughout most of my life, I have experienced few…

  • Take a Risk and Embrace Your Purpose

      A few weeks ago, I was given an opportunity for a new job.  The challenge is that I was working a couple of other jobs and making my own schedule. This made the idea of a 9 to 5  j-o-b less than appealing. When this position became available, a few people reached out and…

  • Save Your Dollars and Sense- The Real Scoop on Weight Loss

      O.K, I have to admit that every January I cringe when I see the ads for weight loss. The miracles abound and the “real” answer to weight loss woes are simply a click away. Too  much belly fat? There’s a program for that.  Excess holiday weight gain? There’s a drink for that.  Get abs…

  • Au Revoir 2013 ! Welcome 2014! A Look Back

    2013 was less than dull,  and my hunch is 2014 will be just as full. As I look behind to write this post, some things were dreadful, while others I loved most. Mother Nature took her toll reminding us all  that when push comes to shove, she makes the call. Sadly war continues in far…

  • Why I Love Nelson Mandela

      I live in Chicago, a very long way from South Africa.  About four years ago I had the privilege of visiting South Africa and it was there that I learned a lot more about this incredible warrior and liberator, Nelson Mandela. I’m embarrassed to admit that in 1993, I was so busy raising my…

  • Charlie Trotter’s Quiet Inspiration

    Over 10 years ago I bid on and won an auction item that made a dream of mine come true. I won a day in the kitchen at the infamous Charlie Trotter’s restaurant. I felt like I had hit  the jackpot. I showed up at  the restaurant at the requested time,  11 a.m. I was…

  • The Harsh Truth- Not Everyone Wins

    Let’s stop the whining and the “its not fair”, and get on with it!   When I was raising my kids there was this disturbing culture in children’s sports, everyone wins. As a young, naive Mom I went along with it. No matter what happened during a game, no matter who screwed up, everybody got…

  • If You’re Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands!

    This past week I had a very dear friend come and spend a few days. The few days she was here were precious to me. There is truly no greater laughter than between two good friends that know each other so well. I find that over the years, it is laughter that tends to direct…