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The Day I Demoted Myself

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00
The Day I Demoted Myself: The Power of Transparency in the Workplace "That's not me," I thought, as I stared at the white board that outlined the 1 – 2 year vision for our company and the job expectations that lay ahead of me. Read more...
At my twins' ten-year well visits this summer, we were put through the normal routine—charting growth and promising again to always wear bike helmets. But this year, something new was brought up. Read more...

The ChildFREE Choice

Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
Let's get something straight: We didn't volunteer to be the "poster women" for choosing a childfree existence. We love kids—other people's kids. This isn't so much an anthem we march to the beat of as a combination of timing, life events, and choice (shocking, we know) that led us to brandish the stylish acronym of DINK (Dual Income No Kids—that's a "thing") as we close in on the magic age of forty. Read more...

My Little Girl is Off to College.

Thursday, 04 September 2014 04:49
Senior year: For the child, so exciting! As a mom ... well, you start to think of the fact that she will be leaving, for good. As the year progressed, we became so busy with all the college prep "to do's" that it still just didn't seem real to me. After all, we still had several months before she would be moving, right? Wrong. Time flies! Read more...

Are You Down With OPK?

Monday, 11 August 2014 09:27
What do you do if you don't approve of the behavior of Other People's Kids? I have to say, I love kids. I love the sheer innocence about them; the ability to think freely, to play without a care in the world; the utter simplicity about their humanity. Read more...

On Serendipity and Reflection …

Monday, 04 August 2014 10:54
Truth be told, I really didn't want to work at Serendipity. To me, it looked like failure as I took a step away from a successful photography business. To make it even more interesting, I wasn't the first choice for hiring. (I was told this much later.) But more than four years ago, I started my journey at a place called Serendipity. Fitting, if you know the definition of serendipity: an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident or luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for. Read more...

364 Days of 40

Monday, 21 July 2014 10:12
Tomorrow is my birthday: I turn forty-one. I'm not telling you this in hopes that you'll send some well wishes; I'm not a big birthday person, so I promise not to be offended if you forget. Read more...

No Cottage? No Problem!

Monday, 07 July 2014 11:26
What to do when you feel like the only family in West Michigan without a cottage. There's a strange summer phenomenon that occurs here in West Michigan: Neighborhoods become eerily quiet. Read more...

Dear Lady with the Fussy Two-Year-Old

Monday, 30 June 2014 12:49
Yes, I am staring at you. And yes, I am judging. But not in the way you are thinking. The first thing I wonder is why on earth you thought you could bring your two-year old to a restaurant at 8 p.m. and expect angelic behavior. Certainly, you had to know he was going to fuss. And then I think, Young mother, you will learn. You need not go red in the face with embarrassment. Every mother in here has been in your shoes and not one of us looking at you has the right to judge. Parenting is hard,… Read more...

Summer: Let Them Be Free

Monday, 23 June 2014 14:42
Summer has arrived! No more lunches to pack, kids to rush out the door, homework to tackle, and general school shenanigans to maintain. But even with all the wonderful aspects of summer, I'm still not sure whether to dance a jig, or pour more vodka into my jigger. I can only think of one thing: THE KIDS WILL BE HOME. A LOT. And that thought frightens me to no end. Read more...

 

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