Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park

San Francisco, Tour of Golden Gate Park When Sami was in 10th grade, one day on our way home from school, she was telling me story after story of her day.  She said, Mom, I’m sorry I talk so much after school.  I said, Honey, I live to hear every little detail...
Stop the flashbacks

Stop the flashbacks

To take from social media, Thursdays I will throw back to the Life Writing class writing.  It’s often very raw and it’s completely unedited. 1/2/2009 When will the flashbacks stop? Two boys, one 11, the other 9, the girl, 14. Between them the bag of flour...
Adventures in Sailing

Adventures in Sailing

Tuesday I get a call from the OCSC sailing club that I was the only person that signed up for a lesson so they were cancelling my lesson. I managed not to cry while I explained that I was flying in 3 days early and paying for 2 extra days of hotel, just to go on this...
Confessions of negativity

Confessions of negativity

I am something of a positivity fanatic. If you are around me and you say something like, “Well, that probably won’t work out the way I want.” I will usually say, “Don’t affirm that. As a man thinketh so he becomes.” Our words are so powerful. Your brain doesn’t easily...
My writing process

My writing process

When I started this a few weeks ago, after much crying and knashing of teeth, I wasn’t sure if I was writing a book about the process of writing or if I was going to actually begin to share the story and lessons.  I was open to the process would be. Now after...
Do the next thing

Do the next thing

At some point in my journey I got stuck.  I couldn’t figure out if I should turn to the left or the right, go forward or retreat.  My mentor advised me to just do the next thing.  Often we think we need to figure out the whole path before we even start.  I went to...
Perseverance

Perseverance

How did I learn perseverance? Where did it come from?  Is it something you are born with or taught?  Why do some people with less trying circumstances give up easily? I think I learned perseverance after Kay died.  There were nights when I would cry for what seemed...
More about me

More about me

In 2010, I was back in therapy with the same therapist that I had been with during my original breakdown.  I had gone because a friend said she didn’t think I realized how far I had come in the last 12 years.  At the same time I was enrolled in a life writing...

Tour of my office

I believe in surrounding myself with positive.  Whether that is positive people or encouragement on the wall. 2014 Goal poster, encouragement board from friends, 3rd place Baggo certificate Do something, then do it better! Launch -> Iterate -> Re-Launch Have...

Write the book

Last summer I attended BlogHer13, Sheryl Sandberg was a speaker, as you know she wrote the book Lean In.  She asks the question, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”  She had paper for us and said for us to write it down.  With no thought I...