Category: wellness

Shelter in place work life response & reality for Covid-19 pandemic

Each person and family experiences this chaotic and uncertain shelter in place from their unique perspective. Staggering facts, about physical and mental illness, financial hardship and unemployment, take our breath away. Together, we grieve and grasp moments of joy and extra time. Thanks to my husband, nine-year-old and seven-year-old boys, sis, parents, family, friends, coworkers,... Read more »

The best piano teachers reinforce mindfulness

Our 3rd grader started piano lessons four years ago. His lovely teacher Julia Hardin’s weekly lessons inspire mindfulness and more. She leads with the example of her own perfect posture, engaged attention and body awareness. Remarkable piano teachers help their youth improve executive functioning skills, including working memory, flexible thinking, and self-control, which support mindfulness.... Read more »

New Year thoughts this 2020

New Year thoughts this 2020
The words, “Awkward, brave and kind,” that Brené Brown writes we should embrace in 2020, resonate. They evoke inspiration and aspiration to cultivate wellness with healthy habits. We work to live with intention and grace to grow with change.  It feels scary to take positive action. I felt mortified that I finished last among my friends at the... Read more »
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One of the best Chicago elementary schools, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy

One of the best Chicago elementary schools, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy
To paraphrase the novelist Paul Theroux, “We can’t make our kids’ school days or years longer, but we can strive to make them better.” Thankfully, our boys’ Chicago elementary school community at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy models love and kindness. Data demonstrates how Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy, OLMCA, is one of the best... Read more »

Back-to-school summer musings

We excavated “summer goals” buried under folders, gym clothes, Pokemon cards, and paper air planes from one of our boy’s school bags toward the end of the 2019 school year. Our boy wanted to reconnect with old friends, scheduled to visit from other time zones, make new buddies, and read more. I humbly cringe at... Read more »

40 simple pleasures for 40 years

40 simple pleasures for 40 years
Ancient philosopher Saint Augustine, who leveraged Plato’s teachings, links forty with perfection. While this new 40-year-old strives for order; we still embrace a life of imperfection, rich in beauty of simple moments and favorite things with loved ones. When little ones whistle — like the birds — they make your heart soar. When you feel overwhelmed with... Read more »
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Five Types of Small Talk

People seem to either love or hate small talk. My chatty sister asked a mother and daughter pair to snap this photo south of Boston with our brother and our kids. They quickly realized we live near each other in Chicago and share friends. SAFE. The mother-in-law, who helped distract our little ones for this photo opp,... Read more »

Our summer joy of missing out & the contemplative life

Pro and con lists may illuminate opportunity cost to make certain choices or decisions. Our digital world, full of social media, may enhance “FOMO” or fear of missing out. Trusty Wikipedia defines that as, “a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent.” As a parent of active boys... Read more »

3 Truths the Thirties Teach to Help Find Your Way

Pamela Duckerman’s new book, There Are No Grown-ups A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story, notes Victor Hugo referred to 40, “As the old age of youth.”  Data shows thirty-somethings reach traditional milestones at slower rates than 40 years ago. As someone who soon turns 40, the last decade reinforced the importance of kindness, humility, and determination. Women in their... Read more »
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End-of-school year thoughts

Winston Churchill’s sentiment, “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” seems like an aspiration at times. More coffee, anyone? As this Mom looks forward to her family’s end-of-school year, thoughts stream from humility to appreciation and bittersweet nostalgia. Our oldest recently warned his friends taught him lying is wrong. Glad... Read more »