If there is anything I am on the fence about, it’s the topic of nurturing… too much vs. too little. Encouraging our kids vs. being tough on them when needed. Aah, the joys of parenting and all the confusion that comes with it! Providing for your children’s physical needs, like food, clothing and shelter, is pretty straightforward. However, providing for your children’s emotional needs is an entirely different beast. Every child is different, and you probably see it in your own house, that your nurturing style differs with each child based on their character.
Happy International Women’s Day! Today we celebrate ALL women, ALL over the globe. Here’s to you, ladies! I would also like to give a shout out to Brooke Burke, Co-CEO of ModernMom.com who today was named the new Co-Host of Dancing With The Stars. Let’s give this multi-tasking celebrity Mompreneur of 4 our support as she begins her new job in two weeks. Brooke will also be one of the few incredibly dynamic people giving me Words Of Praise for my upcoming book, 99 Things Women Wish They Knew Before Starting Their Own Business.
Much to my astonishment, inspiration in fact surrounds our lives in places we don’t look hard enough to notice. There is, if you look closely enough, something to be inspired about every day. And as I see it, it’s inspiration to aspiration. I’m inspired to aspire to something richer, better perhaps even more righteous. I can truly say that I appreciate the sometimes not so obvious little nuggets of inspiration that appear in my daily life. When I stop and appreciate them, my glass is half full, my routine less numb and I am truly inspired.
But seriously, spring is a chance to clean up your house, literally and figuratively! There’s more to house cleaning than just cleaning out your basement and cedar closet! You should be approaching your spring cleaning as an emotional cleanse, just as much as the physical cleaning. What dust-balls are lurking in the corner in your life?? Gotta clean up, ladies!
I love Tina Turner and everything she stands for – confidence, tenacity, resilience, woman of action. If I asked you who you consider to be a woman of action, what would you answer?
Gloria Steinem? Oprah Winfrey? Hillary Clinton? Eunice Kennedy Shriver?
Brian Williams, The Olympics & A Thank You Note
It’s funny, how things kind of all happen at once. I literally received word on the endorsements while my son was barfing. Life can be so bittersweet. And you just gotta laugh sometimes when too many things come at once. For some reason, my life has always been this way. Sorrow and grief have always come during triumphant moments. Not sure why. Maybe it’s to ground us from the triumph, or maybe it’s to show us that the darkness never stays for too long and that the light is just waiting around the corner. It’s been an interesting year. Lots of good and not so good have come all simultaneously. It challenges us to be better people, I think. And I never ignore the message. There’s always a message.
Lately I have been seeing and sensing a greater open discussion amongst my peers relating to the issue of toxic parents. For many years, it was falsely believed that by the sheer fact that your parents gave birth to you, you must love and respect them regardless of how they treat you. There is a point here. Even when you are seventy years years old, you are still a child to that parent. So where does that leave you if you are in the prime of your life, starting your own family and balancing the time between your family, and your toxic parents? What is a suitable amount of time to know when you have to make your own way in this world, relegating those parents to the sidelines?
So, the point of today’s Blog post is to demonstrate, that if you dream it, with a little stroke of luck and a lot of hard work, great things can happen. I am living proof. And it takes a positive spirit and the passion, and the drive to never give up. I spoke last week of unlocking your passion. Now is your time. Spring is around the corner and it’s a time of rebirth. I urge you to unlock your passion and make a commitment to your own happiness.
Like so many of you, I tuned into the Tiger Woods press conference on Friday. When I watched him speak, I couldn’t help but notice how the words were all the right words on paper, but it all seemed very disjointed, calculated and cold. And I wondered if Tiger will really ever change his ways. It all led me to wonder– do people really change? I’m VERY on the fence here.
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