Thank you Lord for the problem...

Jun 30, 2013 by

“Be grateful for problems, because they will inevitable come.  If they don’t, that’s because you’re not doing anything”     Question: How do you know if you’re moving forward?   Answer: You run right smack into obstacles.     Inevitable when you chart a new or unknown path you will run into unforeseen circumstances that will challenge you.   If it all goes smoothly, then more often or not, you’re doing something that you already know how to do and hence not...

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Change it up

Jun 21, 2013 by

So I’m learning Chinese….   This is a statement that I never thought I would say but here I am, repeating back “How are you?” (Ne hao ma) to my computer.   I won’t be talking about the “how” (although the method in which I am learning this impossible language is amazing) but the “why”   Three words: Changing it up   There is a saying that I love “if you always do the same things, you’ll always get the same results”   Ever been in a rut?  Ever feel like...

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The 10 and 10 of bloating food...

Jun 10, 2013 by

Having a baby is hard enough on your waistline.   Heaven forbid you have your child in the springtime (like I did) when summer bikini weather is just around the corner.   July/ August hits and although you’re not pregnant, lord knows you’re not ready to show your tummy.   “I just had a baby” is a good excuse for a couple of months but people tend to look at you a little funny when a whole year has passed.   I’ve written about making exercise a part of your lifestyle and that...

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Where NOT to wear white…...

May 27, 2013 by

In my pre-baby days, I traveled the world as a journalist producing country branding reports. These are some of my adventures…   Wearing white shoes after Labor Day, wearing a white dress to a wedding, wearing anything light colored at a kid’s spaghetti party—there are a few places where wearing white just doesn’t fly.  I have another one….but we’ll eventually get to that.   One of the scariest parts about living in a developing country is driving in said developing country.  Nine...

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I should have never given up t...

May 21, 2013 by

I recently read an article encouraging parents to teach their children to learn a musical instrument during the key ages of 6-8.  According to this study there is a small window when musical training interacts with motor development, producing long term changes to the brain.   Much like learning a language, starting your kid young while their brain is still in it’s developmental stage is important.   ‘Learning to play an instrument requires coordination between hands and with visual or...

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Where do you keep your memorie...

May 13, 2013 by

Do you have a scrapbook? Do you even remember what those are?   Okay, I’m assuming that I am still speaking to a pre digital photography audience and I guess, while we’re at it a pre-internet audience   Shudder.   We’ve all had albums with its many pages of photographs stuck into chronological order.  We’ve all had those boxes of memories, those mixed tapes, those handwritten letters from friends and lovers.   And they all had their place, most likely in a box somewhere in...

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“Life’s a climb...

May 10, 2013 by

Thank you to Andrea Isiminger for writing this wonderful post about an amazing woman (Tanya Thompson) and the Madrid Parents Support Group.   There isn’t a parent alive who hasn’t wished at some point or other that children came with a handbook. The weight of being entirely responsible for another life is something that would keep you wide-eyed, staring at the bedroom ceiling in the middle of the night…if you weren’t already awake changing diapers and handling feedings. Perhaps you...

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