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Why Can’t My Hair Be Real?

In the last 48 hours I have had separate conversations with four acquaintances, all white females (three at my workplace and one at my children’s school) about my hair.  Let me preface this post by saying I have 5-year old locs  and for the last few months have been getting more and more into the spirit of do-it-yourself (DIY) styling and experimentation (check out my Loc Style Library section to see what I am talking about).  In this particular…

It Ends Now: 4 Ways to Curb Bad Behavior

Our daughter is now a preschooler and we are experiencing a “phase” where frequently she is willfully not listening and occasionally acting out.  For example, she plays soccer after school and wanted to where a “pinny” (practice shirt) while they scrimmaged.  Unfortunately, before she could get the pinny a 4th grade boy grabbed the last one.  Instead of just keeping it moving and playing without a pinny, she kicks the boy out of frustration.   When I found this out,…

Run Fast! These 3 Types of Toxic People Must be Immediately Removed from Your Life

Most people want to feel close, both physically and emotionally connected to one another. But ironically, there is nothing more complicated and difficult than our relationships with others. While this might sound cold, and while relationships are vital for a full and happy life, there are some relationships, the toxic ones that are not worth the investment of time and effort. These should be quickly and permanently removed from our lives, thus making room for the ones that truly…

The Importance of Feedback: Why feedback is essential to a thriving workplace?

We all want feedback.  I want feedback from my bosses, those I supervise, and my peers so that I can improve.  Peers and friends seek me out for my feedback so they can improve.  And my children need feedback so they know how to behave.  In short, we all need frequent feedback.  Feedback from others is the fastest way to improve, it is how we learn and excel.  Feedback motivates us and helps us to make appropriate course corrections…

Practicing Positivity: Happiness is a Choice (A Short Tale)

Okay so I feel like I must be living under a cloud.  Within the last 24 hours I lost my wedding band, been treated like a secretary because of my gender, and now when I am headed to my first ever blogging conference (Blogalicious), it seems like the fates are against me.  The Story:  So I leave the house this morning still some what demoralized because I can’t find my ring, (thank god my husband has such a positive…

8 Ways to Find Happiness in Your Everyday Life

Happiness is a choice.  It is not just a way of being but rather it is a conscious choice and something you must commit to seeking every day.  Happiness is what life is all about; it is what makes the challenges, failures, stresses, and losses, bearable.  Happiness fills you up with goodness, inspires you to greatness, and heals all things.  Happiness is worthy of pursuing every day.  I am not saying you have to walk around all bubbles and…

Morning Runs vs. Evening Runs: Which is Better?

After grad school, when life became more predictable and routine driven and the metabolism began to slow down, of course after the babies started coming, I started trying to run on my own in an effort to “stay in shape”.  I had always been physically active, played team sports, was a lifeguard, regularly rode my bike, loved taking classes at the gym, running however was never something I did for pleasure it was just a necessary means to participating in the…

Not getting enough sleep: 4 Ways to Cope with a Snoring Partner

Are you ever faced with the dilemma of kicking your partner out of the room vs. just not getting enough (or restful) sleep? Are you kept awake at night by their while sleeping laughing, restlessness, talking, snoring or some combination of all of these things? In the beginning these things might seem amusing/tolerable but after a while the “bloom is off the rose” and the need for getting a good night’s rest takes over.  We love our partners and…

Escaping The Expatriate Bubble…

When I first joined the Foreign Service, I was told by several seasoned officers that the world you live in while overseas is like a fishbowl in many ways.  In many cases, it is as though you are back in high school, where everyone knows everything about everyone else and make it a point to know things about everyone even though there may not be a personal relationship between you and the person you want to know things about. …

Here goes nothing!

Okay, so this is my first time out in the blogosphere and I am ready to see what it is all about.  I have many friends who blog and who have (and continue to) actively encouraged me to do the same, so I decided to roll the dice and see what happens.

I am not sure what this blog is going to become over time but for now I am going to use it as means to preserve my memories…