Confessions of a Pregnant Woman

3 January 2017 Today I’m 21 weeks and 4 days pregnant. For anyone who hasn’t had a baby yet and glosses over when the discussion shifts to babies (aka me just this past August), that’s just over halfway there. Your due date is the start of week 40. That’s technically 10 months of carrying a Read More …

Is TSA Pre-check Worth It?

Many travelers stuck on long airport security lines have longingly stared at the shorter, faster moving TSA Pre-check lines and wondered, is TSA Pre-check really worth it? Some travelers may have even gotten lucky with a randomized pre-check designation on their boarding passes. They hesitate before leaving their laptops and liquids securely packed, feeling a Read More …

Is Raising Awareness Enough?

Yesterday activists began arriving to Anacortes, WA for Break Free 2016 to protest the use of fossil fuels. Similar activists are showing up all over the world: Denver, Colorado; Albany, New York; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Vancouver, Canada. They are all united together in an effort to raise awareness for the clean energy movement by Read More …

How to Fail Successfully

The best way to understand a person is to watch him fail. Anyone can be spectacular and optimistic while riding the wave of success, but when one fails, especially deeply, true ambition and even personality emerges. It’s likened to the classic story of the character that steps up during tough times to save the day, Read More …

Four Books to Read for a Fresh Start this Spring

Spring is a great time for cleaning, organizing, and getting into gear. We’re already a few weeks into spring, but it’s never too late to break into a book that could give you the fresh perspective you need. A heartfelt story about securing destinies, Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist is a quick read with deep meaning. Read More …

How to Get the Most Out of a Wine or Beer Festival

Wine and beer festivals are great: attendees get to sample a variety of drinks, local breweries and wineries can market themselves, food trucks and local restaurants get in on the action, and raffles add a bit of excitement. It’s also quite easy to indulge too much and end up with a bad hang-over with little Read More …

The Case Against Excuses

“I wish I could [blank] but I just don’t have the time” “I can’t do this or that because of XYZ reason” “I’m getting too old, I already missed the boat for [blank]” Excuses. We hear them everyday; a lot of us say them everyday. What would it be like if we stopped with the Read More …

Three Workplace Spring Cleaning Tips

  Many of us are still feeling the effects of springing forward this past Sunday, but rationalize the early morning dragging will soon be replaced with more sunshine and warmer days. Seasonal changes offer great opportunities to freshen up homes, lives, and even the workplace. Here are some tips to get started: 1. Declutter. Aligned Read More …