Fundraiser Details Set For Local Ironman Athlete Battling Cancer

As I’ve discussed previously, local athlete Kristin McQueen, 33, has been battling cancer for almost nine years. Her response to the disease – and a range of unusual and debilitating side effects – has been to complete six Ironman competitions and countless marathons, triathlons and other races… raising over $100,000 for the American Cancer Society... Read more »

Allowing Yourself A Good Pout - And Moving On

As I’ve mentioned previously, the Life Coach has had me reading Martha Beck. I did not want to read my homework assignments. Self-improvement books aren’t my thing. But, what I know is this: The methods that I was using to get myself back on track and Feel Better weren’t working. So, I’ve been a good... Read more »

Favorite Highlights from C2E2

Now that I’ve covered how weird people are around John Cusack, here are a few of my favorite highlights from Sunday at C2E2. First, C2E2 is worth visiting for the people watching alone. Dressing in costume is not uncommon, whether it be as a zombie, superhero, storm trooper or any other favorite character. Anything goes.... Read more »

John Cusack Talks The Raven at C2E2. Or, Fans Are Freaks.

On Sunday, I trekked down to McCormick place for C2E2. It was my second year at the event and I have to say – I wish I’d been able to get out there for Friday’s and Saturday’s panels and features. The event seems to have grown exponentially from last year’s line-up and there was no... Read more »

Home for the Holiday

I was home for Easter. I wasn’t supposed to be. I was supposed to be at my parents’ house twenty-five minutes away gathered together with my kids, both of their sets of grandparents, and various aunts, uncles cousins and a lot of dogs. Instead, one look at Austin and I uttered the involuntary, “Oh no.”... Read more »

Listening to the Life Coach and Seeking Gifts

Monday at Just. Be. Enough., I talked about how, after a couple of months of job hunting, that excitement over the possibilities out there has dwindled, and the thought of where my career should lead is now often overwhelming. The Coach (life coach, for those just tuning in) has been encouraging us to seek out... Read more »

Finding Motivation for the Miles

Sometimes, even if you love to run, you need a little extra motivation. Sunday’s Shamrock Shuffle was like that for me. I didn’t want to go. I had slept much in the nights prior and didn’t feel particularly great – I was actually seeing spots when I woke up in the morning. And, because it’s... Read more »

This Week's Happiness: Spring Fever

With everything on my task list, big projects looming in the background and the time I get sans kids during the day down to about 20 minutes, it’s difficult to shut my brain down and just enjoy. The Coach keeps telling me to focus on being my best day by day rather than taking on... Read more »

Convention Tension: Finding A Company That Specializes In Creepiness

I have another blog away from the ChicagoNow platform. We’re just over a year old at this point, and although I toyed with the idea at times, I’ve never investigated working with brands in the past. Because we were young and also a group blog with a range of voices, I decided to sit back... Read more »

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Do You Know When To Get Screened?

Did you know that March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month? Oh man, but we’re way too young to be worrying – let alone talking – about our colons. That’s not necessarily the case. I was in college when I had my first colonoscopy. I have never forgotten how outwardly puzzled the nurses were, how... Read more »