March 2012

Doing Hard Things With a Little Help From My Friends

I ran/walked/staggered through a half-marathon over the weekend. At mile 11, I honestly thought I would have to crawl over the finish line. One of the race photographers happened to catch me at that point. I look pained and exhausted to my core. And, no, I am not posting that picture :). Only the happy […]

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We All Have Dreams: What Are Yours?

For International Women’s Day, a group of bloggers gathered in a G+ hangout to talk with Niger’s Country Director for the WFP, Denise Brown. Our amazing partners at ONE.org made it all happen. We listened intently, asked some questions and mostly tried to learn. The conversation was both sobering and inspiring. Denise created a virtual picture for […]

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How We Get Back on Track When Work-Life Balance Feels Non-Existent

It feels like “revolving parent” around here. We are in a state of one of us packing, unpacking, saying goodbye or embracing hello. Gratefully there has been nothing that called us both on the road at the same time – at least nothing we couldn’t say no to. And for my extra long road trip […]

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What Following My Mother Through Graveyards Taught Me

My mother is a genealogist – she researches and writes family histories. I’ve tromped around graveyards since I was small and have learned they are not scary places. I feel peaceful and reverent as I let the markers reveal their stories. They are places of discovery, and yes, places of heartbreak. I have learned important […]

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UN Foundation Infographic: International Women’s Day

Sometimes words just get in the way. Blessings to you this International Women’s Day. Welcome to to When You Wake Up A Mother. We’d love to see you again. Please subscribe via email or RSS. Or follow on Twitter or Facebook. What will you do today to wake up the world? We invite you to share your thoughts, your action and […]

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7 Reasons Not to Run a Half-Marathon and 1 Reason Why I Am

In case you’re wondering, we’re using the term “run” here in lose terms. More accurate would be half walk, half run, but I’m going to claim “run” for the purposes of this exercise. Back in October, as I stared down the barrel of another hated New England winter, I came up with a crazy plan. […]

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Dare Dream Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream

If you’re lonely and scared then you’re probably on the right track.” Whet your appetite for dreaming. And daring. And doing. A couple of weeks ago, I hosted Whitney Johnson in The Daily Thrive for our inaugural Ten Buck Talk. I asked her about what she looks for in an idea, what makes it innovative […]

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