Well, my firstborn graduated from high school last weekend. Oh, and his younger brother moved up from middle school to high school. So the imminent threat of an almost empty nest is my reality. Actually, true confession, ever since my son accepted his university admissions offer, his upcoming departure from the proverbial nest has been lurking in the shadows of my mind. I’m actually still trying to figure out my gameplan for ‘survival.’ Yep. Since about January, I will often… Read more »

Billy

[Note: This post was written by and posted with permission from my mother, Betsy Meyer. She tells the story about the death of my brother Billy at age 7. I have vivid memories of my mom writing and editing this story throughout my childhood. I can still hear her furiously pounding away ‘hunt and peck’ style on her manual Smith Corona typewriter.] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The flashbacks are cruel and unexpected. The trigger might be an ambulance siren or mounds of fish… Read more »

In the NICU

Have you ever had that nagging feeling when marking your calendar that you have forgotten something? It could be that you have already made plans, but forgot to mark it, or in the deep recesses of your mind, you know something important happened on that day, but it hasn’t quite surfaced? This happened to me last week. The date in question is January 15th. I had scheduled a medical appointment for my older son. I kept wondering why I felt… Read more »

Your Personal Shopper-Robinette Kimberly

As a certain song professes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Actually, for many people, the holidays are filled with stress. I recently touched based with a former coworker and family friend to find out working with a personal shopper can alleviate holiday stress. If you need to find the right gift for that someone special, India Hicks Ambassador Kimberly Ross is here to help! Shopping and gifting services are offered through her business, Robinette Kimberley. Please tell… Read more »

How Your Creative Outlet Can Become Your Career

I recently had the good fortune of attending the Southern Highlands Guild 70th Anniversary Craft Show in Asheville, North Carolina and met up with fiber artist Betsy Meyer. Meyer creates exquisite free form, woven wall art. Before her retirement, she was an award-winning kitchen and bath designer in Southampton, NY. Betsy took some time out from her loom to answer a few questions about her current love, free form, woven wall art! She is a prime example of how you… Read more »

Why I Decided to Hire a Graphic Designer for my blog - an interview with Leah Everly

The other week, I decided it was time to up my ‘Pinterest game.’ As an ongoing Elite Blog Academy student, I am acutely aware of how important is it to have images that ‘pop’ (attract the reader’s attention) and in particular, design images, known as pins, that are optimized for Pinterest. That said, although I can deal with the basics of Canva, graphic design just isn’t my forte. What to do?! As fate would have it, the day I realized… Read more »

Last year, I decided to do a pre-emptive purge, or an early spring cleaning, to streamline the clutter in my life. Pouring over about a decade’s worth of random documents, pictures, and other belongings, I discovered a red journal where I had had every good intention of recording what would prove to be a memorable vacation in Australia. The journal continues just one short entry: Sydney Dec. 25th 2004 Xmas Left Japan 12/23 – had a long stopover in Taipei,… Read more »

Mother's Day Meditations: Letter to My Mom

Dear Mom, This Mother’s Day, I wanted to tell you how much I love you and reflect on how much I have learned from you. First, let me tell you how much I envy your energy and grit. No matter what challenges life throws at you, you jump right back up on your feet like a cat! As a parent, when juggling work and family life overwhelms me, I stop to pause and wonder…”How did mom pick up the pieces… Read more »

Letters to Girls Who Dream of Flying

Inside the Creative Mind This post is the first in the series, “Inside the Creative Mind.” Let’s kick off this series by interviewing Ms. Shona Bramble, author of Letters to Girls Who Dream of Flying. Shona, thank you so for taking the time to answer a few questions for my blog readers over at www.allthingsrelax.com and congratulations on publishing such an inspiring book, Letters to Girls Who Dream of Flying. So, let’s dive (or should I say lift off) into… Read more »

Hack Alert: Safe Guard Your 401(k) Funds

This is a ‘quick and dirty’ post, as in slapping this on my site as fast as my fingers can type warning. Although my niche is not financial planning or frugal spending or anything remotely financial, I am compelled to share a dire warning. Cyber attack. A malevolent entity or human being hacked into my childhood friend’s 401(k) account today. She is a hard-working professional who juggles work and family. Imagine working your buns off and squirreling away a nest… Read more »