What Happens When You Say ‘Yes’ to Travel

“Be careful what you wish for.” Over a year ago, I set myself up for yes. In particular, saying yes to travel. Being a freelancer, I have ultimate schedule flexibility; having an empty nest (sans our ancient cat), my spouse and I have great freedom. With these things in mind, Hubby took a new job that… Continue reading What Happens When You Say ‘Yes’ to Travel

Ten Days and Three Talks by Inspiring Women

In the last two weeks, I’ve gotten goose bumps, shed a few tears, and had my ass kicked thanks to these three women. Each shared some particularly stirring thoughts and moved me mightily through talks at conferences. Stephanie Carls Get Smart 2017 was a big day for me. In that afternoon conference, I wore several… Continue reading Ten Days and Three Talks by Inspiring Women

Give Me Liberty and a Weekend in Boston Anytime

Quick: list your top five “quintessentially American cities.” By “quintessentially American,” I mean that people outside the United States would also unhesitatingly  produce these names (whether or not they–or their American counterpoints–could locate or recognize corresponding states). I bet good money Boston made your Top Five. “The Cradle of Liberty” is chock full of American… Continue reading Give Me Liberty and a Weekend in Boston Anytime

How to Binge Watch GoT (and Have a Life)

For those of us who are just a tab compulsive about completing things, TV on demand is a very sharp double-edged sword. I can watch an entire show–every episode–all in one sitting! OMG, I’m going to watch it all?!? Let’s Talk Game of Thrones GoT season 7 finally launched last week. It’s been away forever; season 6 concluded… Continue reading How to Binge Watch GoT (and Have a Life)

Time Traveling in Northwestern Nebraska

It never fails—traveling reveals magic. My trip to northwestern Nebraska this fall certainly did; I discovered a time machine. So many different days, I stood in a building or on a hill or plain and completely lost myself in the past. Goosebumps rippled my skin over pioneer wagon ruts still tracking the Oregon Trail. While… Continue reading Time Traveling in Northwestern Nebraska

Ann Arbor Delivers a Christmas Frame of Mind

It’s December. A light but bracingly chill breeze wafts by, ruffling that slightly scratchy woolen scarf warming your neck. Clean, crisp puffs of winter air become visible wispy clouds of vapor with each escaping breath. Now, take a deep inhale. Green smells–fresh cut fir, boxwood, farm stand vegetables–mix with the warm aroma of that spiced coffee clutched… Continue reading Ann Arbor Delivers a Christmas Frame of Mind

Spending a Delightful Weekend at Destin’s Sugar Sand Beaches

The sound of surf. The view–a horizon divided between turquoise water and pastel blue sky . The feel of soft, warm, sugary sand. The salty tang of fresh Apalachicola oysters. Ah. Our getaway to Florida’s Emerald Coast refreshed all the senses. Why Destin in the Fall? Women Communicators of Austin holds a fantastic silent auction… Continue reading Spending a Delightful Weekend at Destin’s Sugar Sand Beaches

Running the Trails at Walnut Creek Park

Few things are better than empowering someone with the confidence to successfully navigate a trail. I love to introduce people to my favorite outdoor spaces, and that’s why I’ve coached running groups, written guides, and dragged friends around most of Austin’s trails. Nature, however, continually edits paths. That shady, overgrown summer trail is completely different in… Continue reading Running the Trails at Walnut Creek Park