• September Check-in

    Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Permalink

    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

    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

      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

    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 ...

  • April Check-in!

    Monday, April 30, 2018 Permalink

    Since I took today as a vacation day, I'm writing my check-in on the eve of May. I'm sitting on the patio of the Clocktower Cafe overlooking a golf course and Lake Michigan. 70s with a light breeze... ideal weather. Although April is going out on a good note, Chicagoans won't quickly forget that April was ...

  • March: Check-in

    Tuesday, April 3, 2018 Permalink

    March madness is easily a term for on and off the courts. All month Chicago was in its winter woes. A bitter, cold wind off the lake was the usual norm. It's been gross and the dreary chill is predicted to dominate the beginning of April. I wrote down and worked on my March goals. Although ...

  • February: Check In

    Saturday, March 3, 2018 Permalink

    It's February. I don't go out in February.   I tried this month to make that a thing. It seemed the perfect response to an invitation to go out. Blame my tired, non-social self on the time of year. #hibernationFebruary! All month at the end of the work day, I wanted to go home. Even though it's ...

  • 2018: January Check-In

    Friday, February 2, 2018 Permalink

    I had a list of January goals to accomplish for optimizing my health, social, home and financial sectors. As is often the case, my results were a series of victories, defeats and meh. I hit all my training work outs but fell short on the yoga classes. I cut way back on the wine drinking ...

  • I am 54 today… no exclamation mark.

    Tuesday, December 19, 2017 Permalink

    I'm 54 today... no exclamation mark. Typically, I make my birthday a big fricking deal. MY birthday!!! I spend the day doing exactly what I want. I like to plan a full day focused on myself. It typically is about reflection and goal setting plus a big ass party. After spending a day in contemplation, I ...

  • 5-3-5-3

    Monday, December 19, 2016 Permalink

    Today, my age matches my height.  I’m 53 and 5’3. That’s got to mean something, right? Maybe best year yet? Or perhaps a signal of a major epiphany headed my way? I know we have ‘golden birthdays’ when our age matches our birthdate.  But frankly, what the hell did I know at 19 on the ...