Feeling the Burn (of 44 Candles)

“I can’t wait until I’m 10!” my son told me as we were driving to his friend’s sixth birthday party. When I pressed him to tell me what was so special about 10, he relayed enthusiastically, “Just because I want to be 10!” As I watched him bowl at the party, which was only aContinue reading “Feeling the Burn (of 44 Candles)”

The Imbalance of Balance

(Note: This is a rewrite of an earlier post.) Chances are you’ve either read, been part of, or have overheard this conversation: Person A: How are you doing? Person B: I’m a wreck. I’m really feeling out of balance. The conversation continues with the reasons that have led to this feeling of imbalance. They’re allContinue reading “The Imbalance of Balance”

A Weighty Conversation

One of the great gifts passed down from generation to generation in my family is the unparalleled dedication of turning to food in times of stress or sadness. Or celebration…or maybe any other time for that matter. Another great gift is a nearly insatiable love of sweets. All of ‘em. Even just packages of sugarContinue reading “A Weighty Conversation”

What I Learned on My Vacation

My kid is a f*&$ing stud. That’s really the biggest lesson that I learned. And, that I don’t give him nearly enough credit for being able to handle big challenges. Let me explain. We have recently returned from a trip to the Dominican Republic. However, what looked like the dream vacation almost didn’t happen. TheContinue reading “What I Learned on My Vacation”

Life. In Real Life.

Yesterday was one of those particularly rough travel days. Flights delayed. Connections missed. And another unplanned night away from home. (Although, six hours in the Sioux Falls Airport wasn’t as excruciating as it sounds.) As I was waiting for my flight, however, I was watching a little girl, maybe 4-years old, running around with herContinue reading “Life. In Real Life.”