January’s Close and Next Chapters

For some, the midlife journey is no joke! After several years of navigating my way through midlife and encountering three major life transitions at the same time (career change, physical change, and empty nest) I think I’m finally getting the hang of this midlife thing and I want you to know that I take great … Continue reading January’s Close and Next Chapters

Blank Slates and 10 Ways to Begin YOUR 2018

There’s just something about a blank slate chalk board. Imagery of my early days in elementary school comes to mind and that giant, green, wood-framed chalk board that expanded the full length of an entire wall. The teacher's desk was usually situated right in front of the massive chalk board wall. Other than the date … Continue reading Blank Slates and 10 Ways to Begin YOUR 2018

3 Ways to Help You Prepare for the Best Thanksgiving Ever!

The giving of thanks - an empty nesters perspective One Thanksgiving family tradition we have enjoyed throughout the years as a family since 1987 when the Block Buster hit was released, is gathering together to watch Planes Trains and Automobiles. It’s a movie with a story line that combines the best of the good, the hard, … Continue reading 3 Ways to Help You Prepare for the Best Thanksgiving Ever!

5 Things I Learned from My Writing Retreat That Apply to Empty Nest

It’s not every day you have the chance to get away to focus three entire days doing what you love. Last weekend, I took a break from my regular flying schedule and traveled to Charlotte, NC to attend a writing workshop/retreat. This community of writers I’m part of are all in different places on the … Continue reading 5 Things I Learned from My Writing Retreat That Apply to Empty Nest

When Empty Nest Leaves You Wondering – Practice These 3 Things

"Wonder" begets "Wonder-ing"This past week, I had a long layover in Buffalo, New York. I failed to experience real, authentic Buffalo chicken wings, however, I was able to take in something even more memorable...Niagara Falls. My crew and I left our uniforms behind and decided to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and spend … Continue reading When Empty Nest Leaves You Wondering – Practice These 3 Things

10 Things New Empty Nesters Struggle With and Some ‘Relief Humor’

Most of the time, major life-transitions are difficult ...(And empty nest is one of those times) So many kinds of transitions. Life is full of them. The planned and the unplanned. The expected and the unexpected. The ones you long for and the ones you dread. The transition from childhood to adulthood. From high school to college. … Continue reading 10 Things New Empty Nesters Struggle With and Some ‘Relief Humor’

When Your Big Plans for Monday – Get Moved to Tuesday…Do This:​

I've done it subconsciously, most of my life... I doodle arrows. On anything. On everything. Ever since I can remember, this has been a silly habit of mine. Yes, I was that child who could not sit still unless it was something that held my interest and attention. Creating was my outlet and I shied … Continue reading When Your Big Plans for Monday – Get Moved to Tuesday…Do This:​

3 Things About Acorns and Oaks

(photo credit: MARK MOFFETT) Oh, the beauty of Autumn! At least here in the midwest, the Fall season is something quite spectacular to behold. But the message of the acorn and the oak - is something even more spectacular. Midway through my career as a non-profit director, I had this crazy, acorn-sized thought...to 'someday' become a … Continue reading 3 Things About Acorns and Oaks

If These Walls Could Talk!

It started with the simple afternoon task; but before I knew it, I was way in over my head.  What began as simple weekend project of painting a few walls turned into several weeks of scraping, patching, caulking, sanding, more patching, more sanding, and then priming before I could even begin thinking about applying a fresh … Continue reading If These Walls Could Talk!

Life-Transitions and All Things New

Has your life-journey, like mine, been accentuated by a series of major life-transitions? If so, how are you doing navigating your way through the ups and downs, the highs and lows, the ebbs and flows that go hand-in-hand with the winds of change? With almost 34 years of marriage behind me, and more than a few … Continue reading Life-Transitions and All Things New

Transformation Within

So...I'm realizing in my early 50's that throughout my entire life, I have been someone who thrives on trans-form-ation. Call me a hopeless romantic, a visionary, an INFP, an Idealist, or whatever, I tend to see things, organizations, and individuals not as they are, but "what they can become." At various stages of my life … Continue reading Transformation Within