I’ve been doing a lot of research on happiness lately-not happiness simply as an emotion but a long term state of well being and positivity.  I am enamored with positive psychology and how our brains can actually become rewired when we focus on positive outcomes and reframe our challenges.  I know, I know.  You glass-half-empty-the-sky-is-falling-waiting-for-ths-other-shoe-to-drop […]

Latchkey Kids

  I had a moment of recollection the other day that brought me face to face with my eight-year-old self. When Laura and I were both enrolled in full-day school, but were still too young to take care of ourselves after school let out, my parents enrolled us in a latchkey program. We had to […]


I have a very intimate relationship with shame.  Not to be stereotypical, but growing up as a white Catholic American female, shame is my middle name.  The ancient root of the word shame literally translated means, “to cover oneself.”  This is pretty much what many of us do when we experience shame.  We try to hide, […]

High Chair Blues

My mom was big on table manners and proper eating habits.  She also was slightly obsessive about cleanliness.  I don’t know how she survived our toddler years. When I was a baby, Mom would put food on my high chair, turn around to prepare something on the stove, and when she’d turn back, the high chair […]


I felt like an impostor last night.  I was invited to speak on a panel for young women on maintaining work/life balance as a successful career woman.  I’m not sure I’m qualified to be giving advice, seeing as I feel a constant struggle to achieve balance in my life. I looked up “balance” in the […]