Day 32: Strengths

There’s a great workshop you should check out brought to us by Oprah. Hosted by Marcus Buckingham, Take Control of your Career takes 29 women through the process of discovering themselves to better enjoy their careers. One of the concepts that he brings up is that you grow the most in your strengths. He’s written whole…

Day 30 & 31: Silence & Learning

Last night we drove from Key West back to Miami. And by we I very much mean Daniel. I stayed staring out the window, at the stars nearly the whole ride. It’s amazing, when you’re driving on a bridge through the ocean, there’s just about zero light pollution to distract from the brilliance of the…

Day 29: Open your eyes

Selfishness blinds you to others’ pain. Let’s just say, I’m still learning how to be a good wife. 

Day 26, 27 & 28: Catching up

Day 26: Sometimes the most medicinal response to stress is a good cry and a strong hug.Day 27: Friendship trumps entertainment. Day 28: Excuses don’t change what did or didn’t happen; the only thing they change is perspective.

Day 25: Surprising the one next to you

As we approach our one year anniversary, one of the lessons we have learned is this: It is very hard to surprise the person you live with and share finances with. We have come to the point of sharing ideas of gifts and just yelling “surprise” for added effect. The added difficulty shouldn’t be an…

Day 24: Goals

I’m on day 24 of this end-of-the-day retrospective adventure. That’s long enough to have established a habit, right? It’s either 21 days or 3 months. That was not my lesson for today, so I don’t know. But one thing I have learned is that: Goals beget goals. I created one goal, publically, to reflect on…

Day 22: Use what you’ve got

It’s the day before grocery day in the Taipe house. That means the simplest of all suppers was made, because ingredients are low. I stared into the refrigerator and cabinets with a blank look on my face for minutes thinking, “we don’t have any food.” I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s done this…

Day 21: Enough

Merry Christmas! Well in our office it was at least. Our organization treated us to free Christmas dinner and concert. It’s easy to think about where you work as a means to an end. In most cases its a way to earn an income that will allow you to eat, live somewhere and have fun….

Day 20: Celebrate Others

I have some amazing people in my life. At the very top of this list is of course my husband, parents and siblings. And honestly, although I’ve known some of the most fabulous people on the planet, very few friends come close to my family, because family is forever. Not because they aren’t great, but…