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Did you ever have one of those days on which you are so sad to learn that something your daughter and a friend worked really hard for won't happen because her teacher forgot to send you the email about it a month ago and your husband scheduled a can't-be-changed appointment for him and the kids at t...

"I'm stress eating," my daughter said as she was about to start in on her fourth slice of pizza. As soon as the words were out of her mouth, she put down the pizza. Then we started talking about what was causing her stress. Talking about it helped a lot more than that last piece of pizza would have.


In the spring of 2006, I was pregnant with my first child and attending my first Women's Foodservice Forum Leadership Development Conference. Overwhelmed by the sheer number of highly educated, accomplished attendees and also my looming motherhood, I found great comfort in attending a panel discussi...

Last fall our family had developed the bad habit of focusing on the one bad thing happening instead of the many good things in our lives. So we converted an unused shoe box into a complaint box. Here's why it helped:

It just feels better to get it out. Turns out, there's science behind this. Says Sha...

I once asked a boss for some feedback in what was turning out to be the world's shortest performance review. His response? "You're good with people." 

Seriously? I've been working my tail off in this job for 2 years and this is the best thing you could come up with? I'm good with people?!

I was not fe...

What do a game of Battleship, an overpriced notebook, and a Monday night movie have in common? 

They are all requests from my family I wanted to decline over the past few weeks, but I remembered my personal commandment and said yes instead. 

Although I tend to over-commit to the rest of the...

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    - Henry David Thoreau