• Check-in for March and April

    Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Permalink 0

    May 1st  This is a two month check-in for March and April. It’s a little different than my monthly report but I was so busy that I needed to cram two months together.  My beautiful niece-in-law Kylie asked me to be a part of a surprise 30th birthday trip for her husband (my nephew) Joey. I joined ...

  • February Check-In

    Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Permalink 0

    I’m heading into my ninth month of underemployment. The days go slow but the nine months has flown past. This nine month realization made me understand how important it is to have time for growth between conception and new baby. Much like parents-to-be, I’ve spent my ‘pregnancy’ researching, learning, contemplating, understanding, and transitioning into this ...

  • January Check-In

    Friday, February 1, 2019 Permalink 0

    February 1st  January Report Card: Collin gave me this “Hamilton” pillow. I love it! It reminds me daily ‘not to throw away my shot.’ This is an inspiring mantra especially during a month anchored in a government shut-down and ending with a Chicago shut-in. This past week, temperatures of -25 coupled with -47 wind chill crippled ...

  • December Check-In

    Tuesday, January 1, 2019 Permalink 0

    December Report Card: I spent the last afternoon of the last month of the year burning. I attended a yoga session called Burn Away 2018 and Breathe into the New Year. The focus was to release the regrets, negative energy and unexpected scenarios that became life lessons. I wanted to meet the new year cleansed ...

  • November Check-In

    Saturday, December 1, 2018 Permalink 0

    November Report Card: I love this statue. It’s on Lake Shore Drive near Hyde Park. I pass it all the time on my way back and forth to Indiana. I saw it 8 times this past month. It always makes me smile and I often muse out loud, ‘what are you looking at?’    Happy December! Chicago ...

  • October Check-in

    Thursday, November 1, 2018 Permalink 0

    October Report Card: I took this picture at the Garfield Conservatory. Ellen and I went for a tourist visit. I hadn’t been there in 20 years. I watched these birds interacting. I was amused how desperately one bird wanted to get outside and the other one wanted to get inside. I know some of my ...

  • September Check-in

    Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Permalink 0

    September Report Card: I started with bootcamp and ended with a yoga retreat. Happy October! I’m a day behind. I’m pretending yesterday was September 31st. Over the weekend, I had all these new ideas to implement on October 1st. Yesterday, I woke up with a cold or an allergy explosion. I’m still not completely decided on ...

  • August Check-In

    Monday, September 3, 2018 Permalink 0

    August Report Card: SWF ISO J-O-B!  I completed my second full month of underemployment. This month was a little harder. I had moments of angst over the future and sadness about the past. My gratitude door came in handy to help me thru all that emotional chaos. Since my resignation, I’ve written at least three things ...

  • July Check-In

    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 Permalink 0

      July was my first full month of independence from NRS . Although I'm proud to announce I hit Level 1136 on Candy Crush, I'm still in search of my next great career adventure. I went into the month a little concerned. What would I do with my days? What do people do when they aren't working? I've ...

  • June Check-In

    Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink 0

    I have GREAT news! I reached Level 1115 on Candy Crush. I haven’t however found a new job. If you missed last month’s check-in, I resigned my NRS position on May 25th. The first half of June was tough. I prepared my work team for my departure. I organized projects. I prioritized future activities. I updated ...