The Amazingly Unapologetic Woo-Woo-ness of a Falling Leaf---and Me.

The Amazingly Unapologetic Woo-Woo-ness of a Falling Leaf---and Me.

Today, I sat in my sun-warmed car, surrounded by falling leaves, tropical bird sounds, and sadness.

I had an unusual hour of free time after the three hours of errands I had run, and before I needed to pick up my daughter from school. I was close to her school and since it was a beautiful fall day, I tried to think of a park I could enjoy, but I didn’t know of any in the immediate area.

5 Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs who are Making the World a Better Place.

5 Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs who are Making the World a Better Place.

I’ve always been especially inspired by entrepreneurs who have an undeniable urge to make the world a better place. Socially-conscious business owners who are driven more by being of benefit to others than they are by the the bottom line. Who know what their “Why” is and are compelled by it so much so that they develop their career—and sometimes even their lives—around that mission.

I recently went on a web-quest to find some of those socially-minded people who are changing the world, and was so inspired and uplifted by their stories, I wanted to share them with you.

5 Easy Ways To Summon The Sparkle When The Embers Start To Fade.

5 Easy Ways To Summon The Sparkle When The Embers Start To Fade.

That time of summer…

Not when I start to get anxious for the start of school. Not when the soaring temperatures begin to wilt my front-porch flowers, and my hair. And not when the constant picking up of my kids’ wet towels, electronic devices, and crumbs starts to wear on me.

All those things are happening, but they all pale in comparison to the bigger problem. The same one I face every summer, and have yet to find a way to overcome.

Taking Back our Yoga Pants from the Guy in the Pickup Truck.

Taking Back our Yoga Pants from the Guy in the Pickup Truck.

Today, I saw a bumper sticker that should have made me chuckle.

It said, “I love yoga pants.”

This is something you wouldn’t be at all surprised to see in my small, suburban town.

It is a sentiment a lot of women I know would whole-heartedly agree with.

How Sheryl Sandberg can Help us all Learn to Lean into the Suck.

How Sheryl Sandberg can Help us all Learn to Lean into the Suck.

Is it time for you to lean into the suck?

I have been wondering about that for myself recently.

Things have been…hard. This is one of the most challenging times I’ve experienced so far in my life. I suppose some of it comes as a natural by-product of my age and the stage I’m at in life.

Brené Brown defines “White Privilege” for us—& it’s the Best Explanation I’ve Heard.

Brené Brown defines “White Privilege” for us—& it’s the Best Explanation I’ve Heard.

White privilege is a phrase that has been added to my vernacular seemingly overnight.

But I am the first to admit that I have been on the fringe of what has been going on in our country. Not to mention the overt and ongoing racism that so many of my fellow Americans—my fellow human beings—face on a daily basis.

I live in a small town that is sorely lacking in diversity. We chose to live here simply because it reminded me of the small towns in New England where I grew up.

A Powerful Video from Charlottesville about Hate—& 10 Ways we can Fight It.

A Powerful Video from Charlottesville about Hate—& 10 Ways we can Fight It.

I will not look away anymore.

After the violent white supremacists’ rally in Charlottesville this past weekend, that’s what I told myself. I will not look away anymore.

So when I came across this video online today, I forced myself watch it. I want to educate myself. I don’t want to use my ignorance as an excuse for not speaking out anymore.

I’m not going to lie…I wanted to turn it off almost as soon as I started watching. I started asking myself questions to justify looking away.

My Deafening Silence in the Face of Hate.

My Deafening Silence in the Face of Hate.

I am sick to my stomach.

Or, maybe it’s heartsick.

Either way, I have been feeling nauseated all day.

By all the hate.

Out there in the open.

Where, perhaps it always was, but I didn’t see. Maybe I chose not to see.

When the Need for Work Flexibility Leads to Entrepreneurship.

When the Need for Work Flexibility Leads to Entrepreneurship.

I have been a passionate evangelist of flexible work for as long as I can remember. Certainly, long before I had children of my own.

But I am only now realizing how this absolute requirement in my life is leading me, and many others, to become unexpected entrepreneurs.

I remember vividly the day that I had a visceral reaction to inflexible companies, their policies, and the impact they have on our families.

My 5-Minute Formula for Making Career Decisions.

My 5-Minute Formula for Making Career Decisions.

Career decisions are some of the toughest decisions we will have to make in our lives, aren’t they?

I recently had a friend ask me how to make a tough decision she was faced with in her career. She commented on how I’ve changed jobs and careers, but she’s never heard me wonder or have regret – and she wanted to know my secret.

When I was younger, one of the best managers I’ve ever worked for introduced me to the weighted pros and cons list. (Spoiler alert…this is not my secret formula.)

A Manifesto for us Moms who just want to Matter.

A Manifesto for us Moms who just want to Matter.

I am tired of feeling like what I want doesn’t matter.

Tired of not feeling heard.

Tired of coming in last place to anything and everything else that is going on in my family.

Just because I am The Mom.

I know I am not alone in feeling this way. (Please, someone, tell me I’m not alone in feeling this way, for the love of God.)

Here’s the Permission Slip we Need to Find our Soul Work.

Here’s the Permission Slip we Need to Find our Soul Work.

Imagine we were sitting down together over a cup of coffee right now.

You were complaining about your job and feeling frustrated that you know it’s not right for you, and that you’re just not happy there anymore. (If you ever were.)

And I asked you, “What is your soul work?”

What would you say?

Would you immediately jump to the standard answer of, “Oh, I don’t know…” without even thinking about it? Without even blinking?

What to do when we get Sucker Punched by Social Media.

What to do when we get Sucker Punched by Social Media.

I got sucker punched by social media this morning.

I guess, more specifically, I was sucker punched by something—someone—from my past. But without social media, it might not have hit me so hard and taken my breath away like it did.

And I’m kind of wishing right now that this particular piece of my past had just stayed in my frickin’ past.

Usually, it’s those memory reminders that pop up in Facebook and make me a little nostalgic. Like when that memory of my son popped up of when he was only two years old and running circles around the kitchen with a bucket on his head. That video memory made me laugh and cry at the same time.

I’m a Slacker Mom & It’s Time to Level-Up my Parenting Skills.

I’m a Slacker Mom & It’s Time to Level-Up my Parenting Skills.

I am wholly unprepared to be a parent.

And yes, I'm pretty sure I might be thinking about adopting that as my mothering motto.

It’s not an uncommon feeling for a lot of parents, I know.

It’s something that you might expect to hear from someone about to have their first baby, maybe. But not someone who's already a parent, right?!

Let alone the somewhat seasoned parent of a 13-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.

I just Quit my Dream Job & Now my Ego is Pissed.

I just Quit my Dream Job & Now my Ego is Pissed.

Yesterday, I quit my dream job.

At least, what I thought was going to be my dream job.

It couldn’t have been more perfect for me—on paper, anyway. It was the title of my dreams, doing work that I love, for an organization that I admire and had been a huge fan of for years.

I knew a lot of people who were applying for the position, and they all would have been amazing in the role. But in the end, I was offered the position, and I was giddy.

It felt like the planets aligned in my career sector (is that a thing?) because it happened so quickly and effortlessly. Like it was meant to be. Destiny.

Soul Project: Saving my Self with Soul Work.

Soul Project: Saving my Self with Soul Work.

Have you ever thought about jumping off the corporate ladder and taking a leap of faith?

Do you dream about it all day, every day? Or never, because you love your job and all it provides? Or something in between, like only on Mondays or the bad days?

If you do dream about it, what will it take for you to finally make that leap?

Well, I finally found out what it took for me:

To My Ex-Boyfriends: 7 Reasons You Would Have Hated Being Married To Me.

To My Ex-Boyfriends: 7 Reasons You Would Have Hated Being Married To Me.

So I’m 99.9% sure that I’m going to end up alone in this world and it’s going to be my own frickin’ fault.

Do you ever get that feeling?

That you are just too hard to love? Too hard to live with? Too hard to be around?

I just spent a few hours with a couple of women I really love. And who I know, for sure, really love me. I know this without a doubt.

And at the same time, in the space of a few hours, it was mentioned – more than a few times – that I have issues. (Ummm…hello?! Have we MET?! We are all well aware, sisters…)

How to Take Care of Ourselves when our Golden Handcuffs start Pinching.

How to Take Care of Ourselves when our Golden Handcuffs start Pinching.

Golden handcuffs.

That’s what my husband and I used to call it when he worked for one of the largest software companies in the world. He had an employer who paid him a generous-enough salary that afforded us the luxury of me staying home with our babies for as long as I wanted.

They also provided amazing benefits—we never paid a single copay for 10 years. Not for doctors’ office visits, specialists, or hospital coverage for the birth of both of our babies. I don’t even think we paid copays for prescriptions. That seems completely unbelievable now, so I feel like I’m making that up. But I know it’s true because I remember the pediatrician’s office and pharmacists commenting on it every time we went.

We knew we were blessed. And we also felt trapped.

Soul Project: Save. My. Self.

Soul Project: Save. My. Self.

Limbo sucks.

I’ve been reading a lot of quotes lately about embracing that place. You know the one. That place between no longer and not yet. Where you’re no longer the person you used to be, but not yet the person you are becoming.

Well, if you haven’t experienced it for yourself, let me tell you something: it sucks.