Posts in category "wellness"

Chicago Cubs inspire neighbor kids

Although families face the realities of global tragedies and personal struggles, the Chicago Cubs and their positive goals inspire children. Thanks to an anonymous donor, my boys’ school Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy kids, teachers, administration and chaperones enjoyed a free field trip last week to our neighbor ballpark. Other chaperones and I felt blessed... Read more »

Miami welcomed our family for a work life recharge

I was nervous to visit South Beach Miami, Florida with my four-year-old and six-year-old boys. How could we fit in with the Hollywood of Latin America? They call it the American Riviera. My husband convinced me Miami is family friendly. He insists we’re still cool. I did not protest when our South Beach holiday followed my... Read more »

How's your Lent going this spring?

How's your Lent going this spring?
Spring symbolizes rebirth and light. Our Catholic faith focuses on the 46 days of Lent before Easter when many fasted in the desert during the time of Christ. Some people choose to reflect, sacrifice and connect with loved ones during this time. How’s your Lent going? Some people avoid meat on Friday’s during Lent. My... Read more »

A grateful Chicago mom's morning routine

I spring out of bed at 4:55 a.m. I smile at our high energy boys sweetly cuddled in our youngest boy’s bottom bunk as I quietly shut their door. I gulp down warm lemon water. Despite how I try to sip, my French press blonde coffee goes down fast. Hopefully, all our loved ones focus and... Read more »

Let Toastmasters help you conquer public speaking anxiety

It’s your turn to speak and you freeze. You feel everyone staring at you. You forget how to use your words until you can’t stop saying the wrong thing. Sound familiar? As many as 75% of people experience public speaking anxiety also known as glassophobia. Famous orators in history such as Aristotle, Winston Churchill, Samuel L.... Read more »

7 leadership lessons from the Alexander Hamilton story

Ron Chernow’s comprehensive Alexander Hamilton book that inspired the musical portrays our founding fathers. Each page illustrates examples in leadership, good and bad. Not in order, these leadership lessons stand out. Act honorably. Ethical leaders should do the right thing. Unfortunately, Alexander Hamilton was the first American politician publicly associated with a sex scandal. That poor judgement displayed... Read more »

Childhood piano lessons teach Mom and boy

As parents, we want our boys to do their best. We try to set good examples and be flexible yet firm. We introduced piano lessons to our oldest at age five. The studies about how childhood piano and music lessons help are seemingly infinite. For example, the Washington Post reported these findings. ‘What we found was... Read more »

What kids need to know about the Women's March

Our three-year-old was sad on Inauguration Day, because our candidate lost. Our six-year-old explained that we as a family hope the President does well for our great United States of America. Although our family marches in spirit today in the Women’s March, we cheer and defend the fact that women’s rights equal human rights for all people.... Read more »

10 things Doctor Martin Luther King might think today

Almost 50 years ago, civil rights leader and activist Doctor Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated. Our country has celebrated many firsts in the history of African Americans and all people since then. This week, we prepare for the peaceful transition of power of our incumbent President of the United States to the president-elect. Since the historic... Read more »

Star Wars Rogue One movie teaches mindfulness

Star Wars taught mindfulness before it was cool. Thanks to my husband, our boys study each movie. “The Force is what gives a Jedi his power,” says Obi-Wan Kenobi to Luke Skywalker. “It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.” That’s the premise for Jedi... Read more »