The Angst of Letting Go…

I’m feeling a pang of motherhood today. My 15-year-old son just returned from a youth camp and I poignantly felt that adage, “We give birth, and then spend a little every day saying goodbye.” When he left on the previous Monday, I had asked him to call us a few times and let us know…

Knowing Your Value—at home, in the workplace, and the effect on our daughters

I had a great experience last night with my daughter. I was reading Mika Brzezinksi’s book “Know Your Value” and was shocked to read that these high-powered women (Sheryl Sandberg—COO of Facebook, Valerie Jarrett—presidential advisor to Pres. Obama, etc.) had all experienced the same thing—being underpaid and undervalued. For YEARS. As I read their stories,…

Duct Taping Your Inner Critic

If you write, you know of an internal editor (that little voice that says after three laborious hours of writing, “That, my friend, is drivel.”) But as women, we tend to take it a step further to an internal critic, that little Aunt Mabel sitting on our shoulder, tapping her eyeglasses, and tut-tutting. “You can’t…

The Moment of Savoring!

It’s a done deal, he’s cooked, finished, officially graduated! Not without a moment of trauma, mind you. Yes, the Tuesday morning before graduation my mom and I were chatting in my room with the little birdies singing outside my window in the glorious sunshine, when His Nibs comes up (after sleeping in) and says, “When…

My First-born Graduates Today…Tearful Milestone or Rapturous Boot?

A friend said to me, “Aren’t you sad, now that your oldest is graduating?” ABSOLUTELY NOT! He is graduating, with high honors, seven terms of straight A’s, and Asperger’s Syndrome. I’m thrilled, ecstatic, and beyond emotional capacity to express my joy that our eldest is not only moving on with the rest of his life,…

The Freedoms We Enjoy as Women

I was just reading about an Afghan woman who, married at age 12, was beaten by her husband (a Taliban fighter) since their wedding day. When she tried to escape, he took her to a remote mountain area and cut off her nose and ears while men held her down. She is finally free and…

What Does My Child Think of Me as a Mother? 5/13/2011

What Does My Child Think of Me as a Mother?  My kindergarten daughter recently brought home a decorated booklet titled “Guess Who?” On every page are colored and written descriptions of me as a mother. What a hoot! Let me share some highlights and the actual truths: “She is 10 years old. She is 10…

Motherhood Matters! 10 Day Challenge

Are you a mother? Well, I’ve got fabulous news for you! You can still take the Motherhood Matters challenge by KSL’s “Studio 5” at http://motherhood.ksl.com/challenge/ I read about this last week in an email and I LOVE IT! Each day they share a tip for helping you to recognize, experience, and share how motherhood matters to…

I’m learning to listen!

I’m learning to listen. This past weekend I pitched a national agent my book—a women’s romance fiction. This was a top agent from one of the best publishers in the nation. I had ten minutes to wow her enough that she would want to see a future query letter, maybe a chapter, and if a…

Back to Basics Tip #8: Establish Financial Peace and Prosperity

“Many women—even wives of financial experts—don’t know money details. Do you know what life insurance you have and the death benefits? Do you have a list of all active accounts or loans, and if your name is on them? Educate yourself. As Elder Ashton said, women cannot abdicate this responsibility to the husband. Understand terms…

Back to Basics Works!

Back to Basics Works! I love it and I’ll tell you why. Just the other day I was sitting in a chair in a room in my house. I considered the family evidence of messy living before me and wondered how to resolve it. Enter the B2B Get Organized formula. I sketched how the room would ideally function as part bedroom part writing/scrapbook/sanctuary…