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 »

The Best Inspirational Summer Reads

My childhood memories of summer revolve around beaches and summer reading. Having grown up in ‘the Hamptons,’ (Southampton, NY, to be precise), I spent most of my childhood sitting on the beach. Reveling in the luxurious sounds of waves crashing against the shore and seagulls singing, I would lie down on my towel not to sunbathe, but to settle in and read a good book. Back then we didn’t have Amazon.com. No, my mom would take us to the local… Read more »

Apologies and Power Dynamics: What you need to know

I’m sorry. So sorry. My apologies. Mea culpa. Such short phrases that should just roll off of your tongue, right? But what if you are expected to apologize when you strongly believe you did nothing wrong? Expected to apologize when the person you are told to apologize to is at ‘fault,’ from your perspective? Last week, a colleague endured a tirade from an ‘internal customer.’ It lasted close to an hour. I kept my distance because 1) I didn’t want… Read more »

Ultimate Guide to Relaxing Music

This week has been particularly hectic–boy, am I frazzled and in dire need of relaxing music. So far this week, it’s been jury duty (and getting selected for a high profile case), field trips, candidate interviews (for my boss’s replacement), and flying to Mars (ok, just kidding on the last one). Need I say more? Oh, wait, being short-staffed at work the past two weeks! After a stressful day, no, make that week, I need to reclaim my zen with… Read more »

Warning: How PizzaBoxes Can Be a Fire Hazard

My family recently learned how pizza, more specifically, pizza boxes, can be a fire hazard. Two weeks ago, I headed off for several days without my family and almost without a care in the world to my first blogging conference. I attended Focused Blogging in Richmond, Virginia. In another life, this would have been a 90-minute drive (without traffic), but now Richmond is over 4 hours away from home. The first night, during dinner, I received a frantic phone call… 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 »

Today started with a vivid dream. I don’t usually remember my dreams, thanks to my sleep apnea! I won’t go into details today {future post!}, but it was a powerful dream. Today started out as a typical working mom’s juggling act: caring for a sick child, arriving late to work, and shopping for a new real estate agent. Sadly, I’m not kidding about the third item…. After a long day of mental gymnastics, I came home to the most precious… Read more »

The Well Ordered Kitchen Planner

Taming Chaos in the Kitchen The Well-Ordered Kitchen Planner could not come at a better time of year–’tis the season for spring cleaning. My kitchen and pantry could use a serious overhaul. Our pantry is still the dumping ground for random ‘things’ without a ‘home.’ Half empty paint cans, two crock pots, and a million dollars. Ok, maybe not…. Pulling my hair out trying to decide what to eat for dinner is a common occurrence in our household. Almost daily… Read more »