When we suffer in radio silence

Ah, we’ve all been there with this one, haven’t we? The world has changed when it comes to follow up and basic communication skills. Maybe this is another thing we can blame on the digital revolution – we have so many ways of communicating with one another now, so we’re that much more overwhelmed with... Read more »

The first time I said goodbye to my daughter

When I had my daughter, like all new parents, I had heard all of the anecdotes and advice from anyone and everyone who was willing to give it. What to expect at certain stages. Nursing versus formula. Baby Einstein. How soon to apply for pre-schools (seriously). And the big one at the time; how hard... Read more »

What are you doing for Thanksgiving? Hopefully, not shaming anyone's plans

The most popular question you will ask or be asked in the coming week is, What are you doing for Thanksgiving? Whether it’s coming from a place of office small talk or genuine interest, this will be major topic of conversation, or in some cases, dread and avoidance. That’s right, some of your friends, acquaintances... Read more »
ChicagoNow Video

How you can truly support Small Business Saturday

Along with Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday, and National Package Protection Day Wednesday (no, I did not make that last one up), we’ve got Small Business Saturday to commemorate. Like supporting small business? If so, here’s how you can truly support Small Business Saturday, which is coming up on November 25, 2017. Many... Read more »

The art of being grateful

I don’t know about you, but the art of being grateful is NOT something I’m good at. As we’re in the midst of the 30 days of gratitude project and grateful November, I can’t help but think about this constantly. We hear the related cliches all the time: Our glass is half full, you can’t... Read more »

I now know what I want to be when I grow up

It’s amazing how our aspirations and goals go through SO many shifts and changes over the years. For me, whether it’s been wanting to be a famous rock star, or rich, or a super successful entrepreneur, or the best spouse and parent I could be, there’s always been some goal to chase after that I... Read more »

The peer pressure of competitive parenting

When you have kids, there’s nothing you want to succeed at more than being a good parent. Everything else takes a back seat, particularly in the early years. Like the cliché goes, parenting changes everything; your whole perspective on life and your priorities. But like everything else that’s important to you, you can lose sight... Read more »

Stop trying to sell me stuff I don't need

Stop trying to sell me stuff I don't need
Most of us are bombarded with sales pitches these days. You can’t get on the internet to perform a simple Google or Safari search without having to navigate through a maze of pop-ups in order to get to the content you were seeking out in the first place. We get a constant stream of promotional... Read more »

Top 10 Halloween costumes for trick or treating in crappy Chicago weather

Top 10 Halloween costumes for trick or treating in crappy Chicago weather
Ah, Halloween in Chicago. We just never know what kind of weather we’re going to get, do we? It could be 75 and sunny, with mild breezes going into Halloween night, then turn raw, windy, and nasty, with rain flying sideways. In that case, if you’re like me, you’re tired of trying to stretch the... Read more »

I can be with you if you’re funny

Life can be long and hard, and the politics, whether it’s in our work or our personal lives, can be tough to navigate. At its worst, it can be downright toxic. But a good sense of humor can help a long way in getting along with someone. I can be with you if you’re funny,... Read more »