Category: Blog


It’s amazing how much dust can stir through the air when a working mother is rushing to get her children ready for a life changing event. Every blouse thrown from the closet into the bedroom causes tiny specks to dance through the air, visible in the glowing light sparkling through a dirty window. The vocabulary of frustration expressed when trying… Read more →

Food addiction

The “diet” is underway but, I have to admit it isn’t really a diet. I’m trying to do more and eat less, but as I wrote in my last blog – there isn’t much else I can give up. I’d love to have a chef prepare my meals and have a plant based diet but I’m not rich. And I… Read more →

2014 Diet

In July of last year I was in West Virginia for the annual family reunion. We had a cabin in Beech Fork and, although the weather wasn’t optimal, there was plenty to do. Deer were everywhere, we went hiking, we attempted Geocaching, my younger brother and I went canoeing, and of course, we ate. My younger brother, skinnier than ever,… Read more →

How’s your resting face?

My brother sent me this video simply because he thought it was funny. I’m sharing it here because it relates so well with my smiling theme I’ve been blogging about lately. Maybe this is what I was dealing with when I lived in Florida? Read more →

And then, New York

With my Starbucks experience under my belt, I moved to New York to work at St. John’s University as the graphic designer for the athletics department. Of course I wasn’t called the graphic designer or paid like a graphic designer, that would cost too much money. My working title was Publications Coordinator but my official title was Assistant Athletics Communications… Read more →

Smile, part three

After a few months “off” and a load of retrospect I applied for a job at Starbucks. I was hired, on the spot, which I suppose isn’t that impressive when you consider there is no drug testing or high school diploma required to wear the green apron. Still, I was proud. I went to an all hands meeting for new… Read more →

Smile, part two

I started working road races for extra money. I wanted to buy a house and needed a down payment. All of the money I made had a predetermined life so I needed a gig for some extra cash. As long as I was willing to wake up at 3 a.m. and do random grunt work I could begin my down… Read more →

What’s in a smile

My first job was as a sports information intern at the University of Central Florida. I wanted to work in college athletics and I wanted to work with a women’s basketball team. After 17 interviews in two days at the annual sports information director’s conference (CoSIDA), I ended up at UCF for that perfect opportunity. I was told I was… Read more →

Frankenberry, foursquare and cussin’

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement address, June 12,… Read more →

Not everyone peaks in their 20s

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day… Read more →