Year: 2015

December 22, 2015 Dawn 2 comments

When you’re hungry, eat. When you’re tired, rest. When you criticize yourself, love yourself more. Somewhere along the line, many of us, myself included, bought the belief that putting ourselves down leads to self-improvement. Or, that self-criticism keeps us in check, preventing us from becoming narcissists or getting isolated. Before you know it, self-criticism becomes…

November 11, 2015 Dawn No comments exist

This is the second of a three part installation of Lessons I Learned from Cinderella. Lesson #2: Don’t Waste Your Energy “The greatest risk any of us can take: to be seen for who we truly are” concludes the narrator in one of the final scenes of Cinderella (2015). Well, ain’t that the truth. In…

November 4, 2015 Dawn No comments exist

LESSONS I LEARNED FROM CINDERELLA –LESSON 1: GOT LIZARDS? This is the first of a three-part installation of Lessons I Learned From Cinderella. Here we go: First of all, that Fairy Godmother is the bomb. Who couldn’t use a Fairy Godmother to help put things right every now and again? And what can’t escape notice…

November 4, 2015 Dawn No comments exist

Screw Mary Poppins I recently watched a documentary about Julie Andrews. With a wistful look in his eye, the interviewer asked Ms. Andrews whether she parented her real-life children the way Mary Poppins and Maria Von Trapp did. She graciously shook her head, “Well, those mothers are perfect. They have to be. It’s always perfect…

August 26, 2015 Dawn No comments exist

My children were having one of those end-of-the-summer, knock-out, drag-down fights. Screaming, and scratching, Barbies and ipods flying through the air. Concerned about a crime scene, I stepped out of my lazy Summer Sunday afternoon vibe and into the middle of their hormonally-challenged ruckus. Within minutes, my entire physiology changed from chill to charged. I…

May 8, 2015 Dawn 1 comment

Not sure how many of you saw Gaiam’s May 7th message (Gaiam, the yoga mat and yoga video company), and whether you share my astonishment at their sentiment. If you didn’t see it, it read as follows: “Do you feel run down amidst the ever-increasing pace of life? Many times the last thing we feel…

March 2, 2015 Dawn No comments exist

I stumbled upon this old card that Julia made for me when she was about four years old and just learning to write and spell. It read, “To Mommy, Form (spelling from), Love, Julia”. Amazingly, when I re-read this same cherished card this week, it read quite differently: “To Mommy. Form Love. Julia”. The message…

February 26, 2015 Dawn No comments exist

THERE’S SNOWPLACE LIKE HOME: If you’re frustrated and exhausted by this winter, you’re not alone. If you’re feeling like your patience is being tested on all sides and you’re irritated with all the schedule changes, cancellations, snow removal, ice dams, roof leaks, home-bound days, you’re not alone. If you’re blown away by how this powerful…

February 26, 2015 Dawn No comments exist

I have a long-time “friend” who constantly pressures me. At first, she seems to be challenging me to be better, but she quickly turns impatient and hyper-critical. She second-guesses my decisions. She pushes me to do more than is balanced and compares me to some ridiculous ideal that no human can live up to. You…

January 7, 2015 Dawn No comments exist

Funny thing about resolutions. If we’re not careful, they tell us about what we don’t have, what’s missing, what needs fixing, where we’re falling short. Wouldn’t it be a priceless if, this year, the resolution was simply to enjoy all the good that is already here? In other words, take the focus off what is…