Gratitude: It’s Not Just For Thanksgiving

Last week, I attended the Northern Virginia Business Women’s Conference. All of the speakers were inspiring and enlightening, but one stood out above the others. Carolyn Adams Miller gave a speech on happiness at the end of the day that seemed targeted to me personally. And, maybe you, too. Happiness is a topic that has … Continue reading Gratitude: It’s Not Just For Thanksgiving

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Can You See Like This?

My friend, Angela, posted this clip to Facebook and wrote, "If it made me cry I guess I have to share it." It's a simple video that can be watched with the sound turned off with the same effect. Watch here: It's not a new message, but it made me step outside of myself in … Continue reading Can You See Like This?

Profile of a ‘Terrorist’ – Ashburn Patch Article

At 19 years old, I fit the profile of a terrorist. It was the summer of 1998 and I decided to go backpacking through Europe before studying abroad in Italy. At every checkpoint, in every airport, I was stopped by officials. Even at the check-in counter, I was asked why I had only one backpack … Continue reading Profile of a ‘Terrorist’ – Ashburn Patch Article

Cloning Myself …or Tips for Productivity when You’ve Stretched Yourself Too Thin

So, I was thinking I really need to clone myself. Right now, I’d like to have three extra versions of myself, similar to the movie Multiplicty starring Michael Keaton. Cloning Myself Clone One would do all of my online marketing. She’d handle my two contracts, attend networking events, tweet generously on my business account, and … Continue reading Cloning Myself …or Tips for Productivity when You’ve Stretched Yourself Too Thin

Ashburn Patch Article: Gas and the Golden Rule

Struggling to be nice when the gas company sucks I'm sitting in my new, vacant, 55-degree house waiting for a technician to come turn on the gas and light the pilots. It's seven in the morning and my window of service is from this moment until five this evening. I possibly have a 10-hour wait … Continue reading Ashburn Patch Article: Gas and the Golden Rule

Ashburn Patch Article: Finding Urgent Care

The best options when your kid is as accident prone as you were My son is almost two years old–or just 22 months in mommy-speak. Since he started walking, he's had a 104-degree fever, a tick bite that developed a bulls-eye rash, an allergic reaction that sent his temperature to 102 degrees and caused lethargy … Continue reading Ashburn Patch Article: Finding Urgent Care

Ashburn Patch Article: Searching for Peace

One of the best traits of Ashburn is its child-friendly atmosphere. I love that I can take my toddler with me everywhere I go in this town. (No, I’m not that crazy lady with the pre-schooler crying at the horror movie at 9pm. There are limits, people!) Unlike chicer D.C. or even Tysons Corner… Continued … Continue reading Ashburn Patch Article: Searching for Peace

Yes, Racism Still Exists

Since Obama was elected I’ve been hearing tales of the end of racism. I really wish that were true, but one election did not fix this country. While it’s not as acceptable, racism still exists. Today’s MomGrind post struck this old chord with me this morning. Vered writes about her first time experiencing blatant racism. … Continue reading Yes, Racism Still Exists