April 27, 2020

To be quite frank, I am tired of hearing the words Quarantine, Covid-19, Coronavirus, Shutdown, and "New Normal". I don’t mean to sound like a bratty ten-year-old with her arms crossed at dinner because she refuses to eat her green beans. What I really mean is, I’m tir...

March 25, 2020

I am trying to be productive, really I am, but I’m finding it hard to get motivated when my routine is all out of whack due to the current Coronavirus pandemic. I have a list a mile long of things I should be doing like cleaning out closets, painting scuffed baseboards...

September 8, 2019

“While you might be curious how FBI negotiators get some of the world’s toughest bad guys to give up their hostages, you could be excused for wondering what hostage negotiation has to do with your life,” writes Chris Voss in his book, Never Split the Difference – negot...

July 18, 2019

The teacher’s comments section on my report card recorded the same words year after year, “Kristen is a nice girl, but she talks too much.”  Those who know me probably won’t find that hard to believe because I’ve never been the quiet girl in the corner.  However, your...

June 21, 2019

One of the reasons I enjoy being a writer is it affords the opportunity to step into a variety of roles and speak from different perspectives.  For instance, one day I sit behind my computer, instructing as a coach, “C’mon team, if you want to win at marriage, the best...

June 5, 2019

There are days when I can’t remember what I walked into my garage to get, I forget to take my daily medication and cannot recall the pin number to my debit card.  Before you wonder if I am suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s disease, let me just say I AM able to rec...

May 18, 2019

It’s been so long here in Southwest Michigan since we’ve seen the bright yellow ball that suspends in the sky, I almost forgot what the sun looks and feels like!  Similar to an uninvited house guest who has overextended their welcome, April showers have hung around wel...

May 1, 2019

I started attending yoga classes recently for the simple fact that I sit at a computer a lot, and at the end of the day, my body feels like rigor mortis is setting in. I’ve never been very flexible and always thought if God intended for us to touch our toes, He would h...

April 18, 2019

I reached for the lever to drain the water out of the bathtub and heard my husband chuckling through the bathroom door.  I was curious what he was laughing at but not surprised as this is part of our daily routine.  Every night while I go through my hour bedtime ritual...

April 3, 2019

I was feeling optimistic, confident, and excited to spend the day in Chicago with my family.  Traffic slowed as we neared the city which gave us ample time to stare up at the massive buildings.  We continued along the lakeshore until we found a parking spot.  It was co...

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