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Sue, Liza, Jen, Amanda

  Happiness is one of those things you have to work at. I make choosing joy, looking on the bright side, and appreciating the tiny moments that are often overlooked, a mission. It’s something I focus on in my daily life. It’s something I write about when I get the chance. It’s something I put on my “to do” list each and every day as a reminder to myself to just be more happy. It’s what happy people do. And it’s working! That’s not to say that I don’t sometimes get down. That I don’t still have doubt-filled days where…

Can You Drink Camel Milk?

  Back in 2010, I was perusing the Twitterverse (in between real conversations with fellow Tweeps — remember those days?) and stumbled across a link to an article touting the next variety of mammal milk that’s being grossly underused, yet would be amazingly beneficial health-wise. Human milk, you’re thinking? Nope. That’s SOOOO 2008’s news buzz. Remember when the PETA folks tried to get Ben & Jerry’s to use human milk in their ice cream? (It was kind of a joke meant to prove their point about the absurdity of believing it’s okay to drink and use another mammal’s milk, while being squeamish about consuming human milk—though…

3 Things To Think About Before Your Next Volunteer Role

  My hometown of Frederick, Md., is a special community. Not only is it a vibrant mix of culture and history, it’s also filled with some of the most generous and kind souls I’ve ever encountered. It’s a community that thrives due in large part to the caring individuals who donate their time, talents and treasures to their favorite causes. I’ve had the pleasure of volunteering in a number of different roles: planning events, leading cub scout dens, participating as a working not-for-profit board member, assisting youth soccer, and writing public relations materials for organizations I admire. Some might call me a…

Things To Know About Being A Coach's Spouse

  A lacrosse widow. That’s what I was called from March through the end of May every year for the first 13 years of my marriage—which, coincidentally, is the same number of years we’ve been married. You can’t take being a coach’s spouse lightly. Being a coach for a sports team—a really good coach—takes time and energy. We all know this. Beyond the obvious, successful coaches also have a few other things going for them: empathy, strong leadership skills, ability to delegate, and support at home. My husband’s a lacrosse coach. He played lacrosse growing up, and also in college.…

25 Small Acts Of Holiday Kindness

  There’s no time of year that fills my heart with joy quite like this time of year. The holiday season is truly magical, isn’t it? When you think about it, we hurry and scurry around for a good month or two, with one end game in mind: to bring SOMEONE ELSE joy. Wow. Every year I sit in awe of the kindness I see displayed around me, and every year I vow to take my own efforts to the next level. So I started making a list. To hit my list’s goal of 25 days (beginning Dec. 1, of course), I decided to keep…