April is the Month of the Military Child, and that makes me happy! During the past 12 years of helping military families stay connected and close, I’ve come to meet and cherish many military children. We’ve worked and played together and I swear their laughter is louder and their eyes are more “sparkly”, probably because they come from a proud culture.
Archive for the ‘Me’ Category
The living room is the center of our home. Our family spends most of our time hanging out in this space. We use the living room for all kinds of activities such as homework, knitting, playing with toys, watching movies, playing board games, etc. Because we use the living room for so many different uses it can be the most difficult room to keep organized. So, how do you tackle living room organization? It can be done in these 5 easy steps.
I’m an introvert by nature and was a very shy kid. The moves of military life forced me to learn how to connect, how to make friends. And believe me I had to learn how to do that; it didn’t come naturally.
This has been a horrible season for the flu! It knocked me out for almost three weeks, two of which I was unable to work. It was difficult to be out of work for that time, and I was anxious to get back into the swing of things. That’s when I started thinking about those who are currently unemployed and have to worry about not working all the time! Even if you are returning to your job following a deployment or TDY, there are still stressors. That’s the reason for this article…to share some insights on returning to the work world.
The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in a home. Our family uses the kitchen to prepare meals, eat, and do homework. While we work in the kitchen, we spend time together and we talk and laugh. The kitchen is the center of our home. An organized kitchen is very important since it is used frequently and in a variety of ways. So, how does one organize a kitchen? Some things to consider are reducing clutter, storage, activity centers, clear the counters and cleaning as you go.
I clicked on the FB link because anything that says simply “Happy” draws my eye.
When I was teaching a breakout session at a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, I posed a general question to my group comprised mostly of women spouses. I asked, “When you first hear that your husband is coming home, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?” A hand darted into the air, followed by a woman emphatically answering, “How the h— did my a– get so big!” As you can imagine, the entire room erupted into laughter…primarily because they were ALL thinking the same thing! This led to a lively discussion about sex, image, and intimacy when you’re finally back together. We discovered that for some couples – often those who had experienced multiple deployments – it was easy and natural to get back to the way things were. For others, this was a time of apprehension, concern and a “nose-dive” in self esteem. Here are some of the suggestions that were offered during the session to help make this very important time better for both of you.
One of the biggest steps one can take in organizing the home office is to manage the paper clutter. Whether you use your home office to manage the home, run your home business or both, tackling the incoming paper is a must! Otherwise, you just get buried beneath it. Have you heard of the FAT Movement? FAT stands for File it, Action it or Toss it. I googled and didn’t find a movement. Let’s start one. Here are some strategies to implement to control the paper clutter in your home office.
Years ago, Cheryl Richardson, life coach and author of Take Time for Your Life and many other books, was booed by the audience of the Oprah Show. Why? Because she suggested that mothers need to take some time for themselves.
Happy New Year! By the time you read this, you’ve probably heard that more times than you can count. But there’s something exciting about each new year. No matter how the previous year turned out, it seems as if January 1st ushers in lots of new possibilities, both in tasks and relationships. These articles I’ve been writing over past months are all about connecting. I look at connecting as improving relationships, with ourselves and others, through tasks and activities. So I guess that’s why I like each new year; it’s a new commitment to improving our connections and relationships.