Archive for December 2010

No, I'm Not Moving to the Suburbs

No, I'm Not Moving to the Suburbs
Sadly, I am continually saying goodbye to my Chicago mom friends as they move to the suburbs.  I understand their dreams of sprawling yards and endless storage, but I cannot leave this amazing city that has so much to offer to families.  I keep in the know by refering to “Time Out Chicago Kids”, a... Read more »

Are You a Closet Facebook User?

I have 221 Facebook ”friends” yet if you asked at least 50 percent of them, they would say, “I never go on Facebook.”  Then why do you have an account? About 25% of my “friends” are lurkers.  They never comment, post, or show proof that they’ve been there…but they’ve been there.  In conversation it comes up that they read... Read more »

Goodbye 2010, Hello 2011

I guess “they” are right when “they” say, ” Time flies the older you get.” 2010 felt like a week of my childhood.  I remember last new years, as if it was a week ago Friday.  The blur of 2010 brought accomplishments, setbacks and growth.  Here is my quick recap of the year. The constant racist... Read more »
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Balance

Balance
During Tree Pose I reflect on balance.  In the asana I feel strong and centered and stability seems possible.   In real life balance doesn’t always appear as simple.  It is difficult to maintain an equilibrium between family, fun, work and responsibility. I want to meet my friends for dinners and drinks at hip new restaurants, but I know I should stay home... Read more »

How I'm Spending Winter Vacation

How I'm Spending Winter Vacation
Today begins two weeks with nothing to do. On one hand the thought of not rushing, long naps and quiet days sound appealing. My other hand is worried we will be bored and the days will never end. I know my kids will love getting out of the house and experiencing new environments and activies. I must admit I... Read more »

Electronics Are Not My Friend

Electronics Are Not My Friend
Be careful around me, I have been experiencing bad luck when it comes to electronics.  I am somewhat scared my computer is going to spontaneously combust as I type these words.  Currently on my list of broken electronics includes the following. 1. iPod: This leads to a very quiet elliptical session.  In exchange I’ve read... Read more »
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"The Black Swan" Got Me Thinking About Perfection

"The Black Swan" Got Me Thinking About Perfection
Yesterday I was treated to a rare afternoon movie date with my husband.  The last three movies I saw were “Sex and the City 2″, “Toy Story 3″ and “Eat, Pray, Love;” so I knew this would be different then my average theater experience.   I was craving a movie that made me think and talk and... Read more »

Regifting

Nothing brings me greater joy than regifting.  It is matchmaking at its finest.  To find the perfect present for someone else; why not give it to them?  It shouldn’t matter if your boss, friend or relative gave it to you first.  Right? Regifting saves money, the environment, shopping time and declutters your home.  To me it is win, win,... Read more »

Living and Giving with an Open Heart

Living and Giving with an Open Heart
The life lessons learned in yoga are endless.  One basic concept that seems very relevant this holiday season is to live with an open heart. On the surface this seems easy.  To be nice to everyone, helping others to feel happy and encouraging peace between all living things should happen naturally.  Allowing others inside my heart... Read more »
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Before Becoming a Parent

Before Becoming a Parent
As a youthful newlywed ready to embark on the journey of parenthood I had an idealized vision of becoming a mom.  Today I realize a few of many daily moments that remind me how wrong I was. 1. Appearance.  I remember seeing disheveled kids wearing unmatched outfits with their stringy hair and dirty faces and... Read more »
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