Money was tight when I was growing up.
As a result, Mom had to get a little creative with cheap meals that would feed a family of 7 which included one girl and four boys.
This was no easy task, but what she thought were poor excuses for dinners actually became our most memorable and favorite meals.
As I was fondly remembering all the things we used to have, I was curious to know if other families did something similar.
I put a call out on social media and received many wonderful and delightful comments. …
Being bored wasn’t an option when I was a kid. My imagination, the neighborhood kids, books from the library, and being outside were all cures for boredom.
Making blanket forts, playing hot lava, making boondoggle bracelets, flattening boxes and putting them on stairs and sliding into a pile of blankets were all normal activities my brothers and I did for fun as kids.
I have ten nieces and nephews and wanted to capture some of these fun boredom buster ideas to pass on so they might experience the magic that happens with many of these activities.
Out of curiosity, I…
Have you ever prayed to die?
If you’ve ever been seasick, you will know there’s a particularly intense desire to die that comes with it.
I am prone to getting seasick. And when I say prone, I mean I have thrown up pretty much every single time I have ever been on a boat.
You would think that this guaranteed outcome of vomiting would prevent me from deciding to learn how to sail in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
Well, folks, I am a little on the crazy side of things and I do things that most people don’t.
While learning to sail in the middle of the Atlantic, I was able to really define and become familiar with the stages of seasickness.
Based on my experience, here are the stages of seasickness and the thoughts I normally have during each stage.
We are living through a pandemic. We know this.
It’s incredibly rough right now for everyone.
We are ALL going to have moments where we are not OK, and that is totally OK.
Everyone is dealing with things the best way they know how. But guess what? We’ve never done this before. So we’re all trying to figure it out.
We are all experiencing this COVID-19 pandemic in different ways and we will all feel like we are not OK at times.
A few examples of why we’re not OK:
We are living during a period in history that when someone asks us where we were during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will remember and if we don’t write down what life is like for us, there’s a good chance we will regret it.
It’s easy to forget that we have survived every experience we’ve ever had in our lives up to this point. But we have. We can do hard things. We’ve done them before and we can do them again and again.
But unless we write our experiences down, we will forget a lot of the meaningful details, our…
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”― Fred Rogers
With the coronavirus hitting pandemic status, the world seems to be in an all-time-high panic and the news and social media aren’t helping.
It just seems to fuel the fear fire that has people fighting over toilet paper, taking things out of people’s shopping carts, and acting in ways they otherwise wouldn’t.
Fred Rogers’ quote about looking for the helpers has been a source of comfort…
There comes a time in every single adult’s life when you have to go to extremes to make new friends.
A few of the extremes I’m referring to would include:
Actually, that just might be me.
But I tell you what. It’s working.
Some of my most treasured friendships have…
The Law of Polarity states that everything in life has its own polar, equal opposite.
Without one, we would not have the other.
It is up to us to decide how we will perceive them and what side of this pole to experience.
If we did not experience sadness, we would not recognize what it is to experience joy. Without pain, we would not know pleasure.
These polar opposites all work together for the greater good. We need only to understand this law, recognize it in our lives and learn to appreciate this fact.
“What good is the warmth of…
In March of last year, I found myself in the arctic circle in northern Norway. I had just finished a 7-day cross country skiing adventure across the frozen Finnmark Plateau where I got to sleep in the snow with strangers and be dazzled by the Northern Lights almost nightly.
It was a life-changing experience on its own and one I’ll write about separately, but as I started my way back home, I unexpectedly found myself in the company of a fascinating Sámi reindeer herder.
On our short drive to the tiny airport in Lakselv, Norway, he taught me about reindeer…