Why Michelle Obama is on our home page
Over the years I have received many comments – in different ways – about how difficult it must be to be married to a military member. I typically shrug my shoulders smile and move on – never sure what to say. Is being a military spouse difficult? Yes, some days. However, most days I couldn’t imagine my life any other way.
So when I heard Michelle Obama was speaking about military families at the Women’s Conference in California I was intrigued.
Is Your Glass Half-Empty or Half-Full?
The Simple Abundance entries for the past few days have been about a most interesting subject! Compliments, complaints and comparisons! I know so many women who are absolutely lousy at accepting a compliment! And I loved the point about the woman who you think needs compliments the least is probably the one who needs them the most. You never know what’s going on inside someone else’s life … so be generous with compliments!
Complaints are another issue altogether.
Gratitude and Galas
This issue of Ubiquitous is all about gratitude and galas. With this month being the month of Thanksgiving are team has provided great articles about gratitude. Our new life-coach, Dee-Ann Sheppard, writes about gratitude and how it is a choice that we can make everyday and our organizational advisor, Jacki Hollywood-Brown, writes about a study she recently read; more stuff doesn’t mean more happiness.
Leggo of My Ego
I have completely identified myself as being fat. The other night, my husband and I were discussing this pesky eating issue I have.
He, who has always been in shape, believes the rules are pretty cut and dry.
A year ago I became a Mother. I knew the moment I held my little boy, that I would love him and do anything to keep him safe. I had no idea then that I would be the biggest concern.
A week after my son was born, my husband left on a training course lasting two weeks. My mother and mother-in-law were able to come and stay for a couple days each, and my husband was able to return home for the weekend in between.
The countdown jar is almost EMPTY! The jar started out where it was so full that you could only see the top of the jar, but now, in the bottom, there are only a few insignificant little blue and yellow skittles.
Work is Work is Work!
The focus on the Simple Abundance path the last few days has been about work … more specifically, on work/life balance. I think it’s a shame that most of us only define work as a paid job outside the home. Although that certainly is work, I think there’s a whole load of options out there, each as much work as the next.
Many women I know approach parenting and marriage like they would a work project.
Finding Love Within
I had never tried coffee before the day I decided to drive-thru and discover something truly Canadian - Tim Horton's. When I moved to Edmonton from Texas and started my job at The Edmonton Sun, I couldn't get over the line-ups I saw everyday as I passed the tiny coffee hut on the Southside. It was a never-ending sea of cars and their drivers were waiting to get their next fix. So, naturally, I decided to join Canada in its freshly brewed, freshly baked morning tradition of coffee and donuts. Ten years later, I too, often find myself waiting in the drive-thru for another round of double-double and a cookie (or two).
It was the US Thanksgiving Day after my ninth birthday, when I first had a truly exhilarating dining experience, or so I thought at the time.
Thanksgiving with the Bird Family is a buffet delight steeped in Texas tradition. Heaven forbid we make any of our vegetables taste anything that resembles something that nature has made. Texans love rich foods smothered in gravy, cream, butter and sugar
A military wife; we are in a world unto itself aren’t we? From the moment we say, "I do" it entails much more than a "typical" marriage. “I do” - promise to move where ever your job takes you; “I do” - promise to go days without speaking to you or knowing where you are; “I do” - promise to raise our child without you for months at a time – these are just a few of the many unspoken promises we knowingly make.