Livn’ Life

Save the Vaca!

Over the Fourth of July holiday my family took an extended family vacation. Being in Florida it was no surprise we had to weather many storms. On one occasion we were chased in from the boat by dark skies, thunder, and lightening. My first thought was “what a waste of a day”. It takes so much effort to get out on the boat! ALL the logistics of fishing licenses, life jackets, lunch, sunscreen, towels, not to mention all the equipment that is required by the state. So, for the trip to be cut short felt like all that effort for nothing!

Being chased in by the storm.

When we got back to the hotel room, I fully expected everyone to retreat to their rooms and do their own thing…enter electronics here. I was pleasantly surprised when that didn’t happen. I caught everyone before they could retreat and suggested we play cards, and everyone was game…see what I did there. The games were not sophisticated. We played war, go fish, slap jack, and someone brought Hedbanz. Yep, that’s a real card game. We laughed, we bonded, we spent time side by side playing!

Playing Hebanz

In that moment I had a choice to make. I could let the weather dictate the outcome of the rest of the day or flip the script and find a rainy-day alternative. The original plan wasn’t an option with circumstances out of my control. Even an over planner like myself, can’t plan, predict, or control the weather! I am so grateful I didn’t let my disappointment get in the way of making the most of the day. I also found the silver lining…no one went home with too much sun!

Has this ever happened to you? You made all the plans and did all the prep for a fun family day whether it is a day at the beach, a day at the zoo, a day in the backyard with the sprinklers and bubbles only to be rained out. Or maybe you planned a day for yourself and that fell through. How did you handle it?

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Rain or Shine I will be at the Riverside Arts Market this Saturday, 7/13/2019.
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Happy July 1st!

Happy July 1st!  Today marks the halfway point of the year.  I find this is a good time to do a quick check in.  I throw a wide net when asking myself this question.  I am looking at how I feel physically, mentally, emotionally, career, relationships with friends and family, goals I set at the beginning of the year.

When examining these factors, I am gracious with myself and acknowledge I can make small shifts to be where I want to in each category.  This is also a good time to make sure where you think you want to be is truly where you want to be.  Have things shifted in your life since you last checked in?  Take the time now to make sure you are in on the path you want to be.  This is your road to travel, make sure it serves you!

If you need help with this visit my event page for the Women’s Day Retreat event I am hosting where we will be working on defining goals and action plans for the remainder of 2019.  How can I support you?


Happy Summer!


We just celebrated the Summer Solstice.  Summer Solstice is the longest day of sunlight hours and kicks off summer.  I love the summer season so yes, I say celebrate.  Happy Summer, although in Florida I think it unofficially started months ago.  For some reason I don’t think I have ever moved past the idea of summer that I had as a child: Schools out for the summer!

How do you summer?  Do you hunker down to hide from the heat?  Do you slather up and bask in the sun?  Do you try a new adventure?  Do you have a traditional trip or activity you do every summer?  In my house summer can feel like a free for all…the schedule is a bit lax and feels like one long weekend.

Years ago, I realized that while a relaxed summer is fun it is not sustainable and when the summer is over “getting back on track” isn’t easy.  I have developed a mindset to maintain schedule to ease the transitions from season to season.  I realize that I don’t want the summer to be too strict, so I carefully choose what I stick to.  I choose sleep, movement, and nutrition.  We keep the same bedtime and wake up time. We limit sugar and over snacking.  The most fun of the summer is the variety of movement we can do.  Running, biking, surfing, swimming are a few activities we like to keep moving.

I may make some summer modifications to the routine to fit in some summer fun, but for the most part we stick to the script.  I also try to remember it is summer so there is room for the midnight pool party.  There is room for movies in the park past bedtime.  There is room for pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

I’m sure you have your summer fun, traditions, and rules that keep it real…What are they?  I’d love to hear any memories and suggestions for summer fun!

Or is summer just another day?