Women & Confidence — A Pep Talk on Failure, Fear, and Awesomeness

Think of the word CONFIDENCE. What thoughts or emotions arise? To those of you who didn’t bat an eye or squirm uncomfortably or even understand why such a word could evoke anything other than a casual self-assurance — good for you! You’re way ahead of most women! For the rest of you who grimaced, glanced away, or experienced discomfort — I’m totally …

Just Be You and I’ll Be Me

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a total extrovert. I need interaction with other people (specifically adults!) to thrive. Chatting and laughing and connecting with others have long since refilled my weary soul. Especially when I was a new mom in the trenches with babies and toddlers, the rare, much-needed adult interaction was the oxygen that revived me. While I …

Party Like It’s 1998

Once upon a time, four young, naive, and hilariously silly girls traveled from different states to a church college in the middle-of-freakin’-cold-nowhere, Idaho.  They’d never met until they hauled their boxes, bags and a duct taped suitcases into the same Ricks College dorm room 20 years ago. Time out: how the heck can I say ’20 years ago’ and it …

Secret Escapades

Sometimes, amidst all the craziness, I close my eyes and picture an ulterior life. In one, I’m a 30-somethin’ year-old successful career woman.  I wear nice clothes every day, and say important things to important people at important meetings — without constant interruptions.  I travel where and when I want.  I even exercise without childcare or packing enough snacks to …