How to Earn A Cool $5K in One Weekend

When the board of Gratitude Generation decided we wanted to team up and support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to help raise money for pediatric cancer research, it seemed like a perfect fit for the organization’s mission: Instill gratitude in future generations through education and service. Having a lemonade stand for charity is service – and... Read more »

Using the G Word: How Gun Conversations Today Are Scary, Empowering and More Important Than Ever

I picked my son up from a playdate last week, and he and his buddy were playing with guns. They were of the Nerf and plastic variety, but nonetheless, the experience rattled me to the core. I’ve been thinking about it a lot and have some insight to share because it led to some big... Read more »

Twice Recently I've Been Inspired by Kids – And Not Even My Own

I have never been more inspired by kids who are not my own. Never. This morning I watched live footage of kids all over the country “Walk Out” in the name of gun control and reform. And it was amazing. And heart-breaking. And happy. And sad. And terrifying. But, mostly, it was inspiring. Throughout history... Read more »
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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: My Valentine’s Day Musings

With my husband almost 4,400 miles away on a business trip on the eve of Valentine’s Day, my answer to the “What are your Valentine’s Day plans?”question has been, “Carpool, dinner and dishes. The usual.” But I’ve certainly decked the house with pink and red expressions of love, bought my kids sweet goodies and even... Read more »

I Challenge You To Take on Your Inbox -- NOW!

I first wrote this blog in 2016, but today I’m re-inspired, and I’m challenging YOU! Take on your inbox today! Seriously, go after it. But first quickly read this, comment, like it and share it. With gratitude! Like many of you, the email accounts of my youth have become junk accounts. R.I.P. AOL and Hotmail... Read more »

How Something So Small Has So Much Power

Having never been more physically or emotionally exhausted in my life, on this day a decade ago a tiny little thing changed me forever. My daughter was born and though the pain meds administered were making my eyeballs roll back in my head and giving me carnival dreams, the birth of our first child most... Read more »
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Goodbye, I’m About to Rock Your World in a Way You Can’t Possibly Imagine

The morning of April 22, 2011, marks one of the most surreal moments in my life, and it involved a remarkable goodbye. Having gone through 23 hours of labor and yet still a trip to the operating room for a c-section with the birth of my daughter in 2008, my OB-GYN and I had settled on... Read more »

Why Are Some Things We Want So Badly, So F’in Hard?

When I pitched this blog and officially took on the Grateful Girl persona, I felt inspired, proud, ready, willing and able. And I still feel that way. But I also feel something just as big as those emotions – I feel conflicted. Inspiring and sharing moments of gratitude each day (or at least a couple... Read more »

Liberate Yourself!

I again stumbled across a blog I wrote a few years ago for my gym’s page, as they tasked me to help people find the work-life-health-parenting balance. Today is the perfect day to liberate — hide from the weather (if you’re in Chicagoland) and purge! How many pairs of jeans do you have in your... Read more »
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That Time I DID NOT Run the Chicago Marathon But Experienced the High

Five years ago I was asked to get guest blog for my gym downtown. The blog was mostly about finding balance in life/work/fitness/parenthood – an aspiration I think most of us have daily. Having experienced the Chicago Marathon with my then-almost-5-year-old little lady, I wrote this post. And, go figure, though I’m demographically no longer... Read more »