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Mar 16, 2010
Positive Psychology studies have identified that surrounding ourselves with people we love and truly enjoy is a critical element of happiness. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2010 at Being Irie
My husband was laid off six weeks ago. Conventional wisdom would have us in full panic mode and he would be aggressively looking for work. We took that route when he was unemployed in 2007. It wasn't any fun. The stress was nearly unbearable. It really, really didn't work for us doing things the traditional way. This time we are doing things differently. This time we are taking a vacation. Here's why: 1. In a Forbes magazine article (08.06.07) on Ten Healthy Reasons to Take A Vacation, professor of psychiatry and neurology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2010 at Being Irie
Posted Feb 7, 2010 at Being Irie
Posted Feb 7, 2010 at Being Irie
Posted Feb 7, 2010 at Being Irie
Posted Feb 7, 2010 at Being Irie
Posted Feb 7, 2010 at Being Irie
My husband was laid-off on January 4, 2010. I don't want to sound Pollyanna but I was happy! Not just happy even, I was jumping up and down thrilled! Total celebration.I know that many people are devastated emotionally when they lose their job, but just as many are not. In fact, this is the second time He has been unemployed in the last three years. The first time it happened with Company X, it was devastating. I thought the world had come to a horrible grinding stop. I was almost surprised when I looked outside and saw that the sun... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2010 at Being Irie
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Feb 3, 2010
Have you ever heard a word and just liked the way it rolls off your tongue? Bombolini. I love it. It is my new favorite word. It connotes fun and spontaneity to me. Celebration is....bombolini! Instead of the traditional salute of "cheers" it's "bombolini"! Not literally, of course. Literally, bombolinis are an italian pastry similar to that of beignets or a distant cousin of doughnut holes. Served warm with a bit of carmel sauce, ice cream, or powdered sugar. It is a little piece of heaven. It is the sort of word that when you say it, you can't help... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2010 at Being Irie
"Champagne goes with everything." said the Sommelier at Jean Georges' Steakhouse in Las Vegas on the eve of my 41st birthday. We bought an amazing bottle of Krug on the spot. What freeing words. Prior to this, I had reserved the purchase and consumption of Champagne for celebration. Not just any celebration, but only the most worthy of celebrations. This means that I only bought (and drank) champagne on two or three occasions a year, tops. Until I heard these words spoken by an expert, I had never given myself permission to view Champagne any other way. It was only... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2010 at Being Irie
People ask me all the time why in the world we have moved around so much. I generally give the quick and easy answer of, "My husband's employer transferred us here." This is true to a point. The whole truth is that I wanted to be a full-time stay-at-home mom and to make that happen, somehow, moving became a necessary part of our lives. In 2002, we had built a life on two so-so incomes that combined made one good income in jobs that had little potential for growth. How in the world were we going to make this single-income... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2009 at Being Irie
You have decided to move. Okay. Step one complete. The one thing all moves have in common is the underlying belief that you and your life will be improved in some particular and significant way due to the move.While this is true for you, the move initiator, this might not be true for all members of your household. Be prepared. Taking special care that your family members, especially your significant other, are ready and willing to move is very important to the success of the move. More on that later. A move can improve your life greatly in many different... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2009 at Being Irie
Moving is a lengthy process and it is not over until long after the moving van has pulled away from your new home. Case in point: I am off to a bumpy start with my blog having not written since August. I have been busy getting settled into our newest home, building a life here, starting a business, getting the kids settled in school and so forth. The process of moving is easily a six-to-nine month process from start to finnish. Longer if you are moving internationally and must learn a new language and culture. Know this and you will... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2009 at Being Irie
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Aug 23, 2009
Today I live in Las Vegas, Nevada. Well, Henderson, Nevada to be exact but almost no one has heard of Henderson but almost everyone over the age of 15 is familiar with Las Vegas; and Henderson is to Las Vegas what Plano is to Dallas, or Scottsdale is to Phoenix and so on. You get the idea. One month ago I lived in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Two years before that I lived in Alpine, Texas. Three months before that I lived in Ruidoso, New Mexico. Two and a half years before that I lived in Houston, Texas. Without boring... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2009 at Being Irie