If you’re a lover of skyscrapers, architecture, and historic buildings, Chicago is a great place to visit. If you’re a foodie with an even more insatiable appetite for good shopping, then Chicago is an even better place to visit! I’ve heard lots of people refer to Chicago as their favorite city; it didn’t take much … More Chicago: Big City, Big Fun
The past week or so has been a whirlwind of activity with holiday events and work activities (sometimes with the two rolled up into one), filling up my days…and evenings…and early mornings. Fun? You bet. But even the excitement of celebrating professional successes and spending time with friends I adore can make this girl tired … More Her Breath on My Cheek: Mom’s kiss was just the Christmas gift I needed
Published in Bakersfield Life Magazine, December 2015 Remember the days when Christmas meant classroom parties and loads of sweet treats (goodies you didn’t have to make)? And maybe you wondered how Santa would get your presents down the chimney (but you knew he’d manage, so it wasn’t really a worry at all). Whatever your childhood … More Managing Holiday Stress Keeps the “Merry” in Christmas
Originally published in Bakersfield Life, November 2015 As an only child, I treasured our holiday gatherings, filled with my large and animated extended family. As an adult, I appreciate those get-togethers even more. But now, there’s an empty chair at our holiday table. Even while part of me is looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas, … More Dealing With Grief During the Holiday Season
Photo Credit: Matt McGee, Flickr I love fall! It brings cool weather, colorful leaves, and my very favorite: the World Series. Even if my Dodgers, don’t quite make it into October, I relish the energy and camaraderie that comes from knowing baseball lovers across the country are focusing on the best of the season’s best. … More What Business Can Learn From Baseball
I learned today that my friend and mentor of 27 years…my former boss…has lost his life to a battle with leukemia. I count myself lucky to have considered Steve Ruggenberg a “forever friend,” and mentor at the times I have needed it most: early in my career, and recently as I explore my passion for … More In Honor of My Friend and Mentor…and Boss of Long Ago
Mention you’re planning a trip to New York City and folks will be quick to tell you how much they love it or…how much they loathe it! A whirlwind girls’ trip whetted my appetite for the city years ago and I knew then: I fall in the “love it” column! Since then, I’ve wanted to … More I Love New York! How to Plan a NYC Vacation Your Whole Family Will Love
Tomorrow is the day. Tomorrow is the day Zack will spread his wings and fly from our nest as he starts his adventure as a college student and as a full-fledged adult, moving three hours away. We’ve been preparing and planning for this day, and we always knew it would come, eventually. But really? So … More Zack and the Landslide
Tomorrow morning I will be on the sidelines. When the alarm buzzes at 4:00 a.m., I won’t have to get up (but I will). I won’t have to pull on my running clothes and make sure my bib is pinned on my shirt (is it straight?). I won’t have to elbow my way through thousands … More Injuries Put Runners on the Sidelines and We Don’t Like It!
Image: Johan J. Ingles-Le Nobel via Flickr Published in Bakersfield Life Magazine, September 2015 It’s a great time to be a girl. Locally and across the country, in schools, on athletic fields, and in the workplace, girls and women are breaking out of stereotypical female roles and they are garnering a lot of attention for … More It’s a Great Time to be a Girl!