Thwarted

Tuesday was a one-step-forward two-steps-back sort of day. I had managed to cull our belongings and assemble items (clothes, toys, books) with which we are ready to part. I carefully boxed them and stacked them on the porch, staging them for their launch to their new homes. I was very pleased with myself! Then I heard the weather report: rain and 50-60 mph winds. As much as I wish to be rid of these things, Read More …

Who knew?

Shana Tova! The new year is here and with it a period of deep introspection. What have I done over the past year that I wish I had done better, or perhaps not at all? What do I hope to tackle in the new year? I was thinking about a friend of ours who shared her college admissions essay with us a few years ago. She had written about how our entrusting her with the Read More …

Pump Me Up

Today’s plan: drop off a bunch of the stuff I have gathered and boxed up for discarding. I started the day by getting a pep talk from my sister. She cheered me on, reminding me of the importance of getting things out of the house as easily and quickly as possible. When I balked at not making money on items I was sure I could sell she pointed out that perhaps later I would have Read More …

Double Bonus

Often what one starts out doing for one reason turns out to have unintended consequences. When you are lucky, those unintended consequences are positive. I think this is a case where the fallout is going to be positive – at least in the long run! In my attempt to create a space for me to have more time for myself and my new endeavors I told the kids that this year they would be making Read More …

Baby Steps

I remember the feelings I had when my daughter took her first steps (I wasn’t in the room when my firstborn took his first steps and I really don’t want to go into the feelings I had about missing that milestone!). We were all so pleased as she carefully placed one foot in front of the other and worked her way across the room. There was much fanfare and encouragement. And while the actual distance Read More …