A home filled with love

England is our first stop on this trip to Europe. I know, it's no longer officially part of Europe, but it was for the years that I lived here and I still think of it that way. I haven't been back to visit in almost ten years. And those years have been transformative for me.... Continue Reading →

Can travel heal trauma?

"Airplane Wing" by Arnold Lee/ CC0 1.0 I’m flying to Europe today. Usually adventures, the thought of going somewhere new, fills me with excitement. And as I’ve planned this trip over the past two weeks (yes, it’s kind of spur of the moment), I’ve been super excited. I’m traveling with my youngest daughter for a... Continue Reading →

Running on empty

Since June, I’ve been running on empty. The fuel gauge of my internal energy levels was flashing orange, the needle on the gauge was below empty and I was almost at a standstill. I could coast a ways, but if one more big hill presented itself in my path, I couldn’t have surmounted it. I... Continue Reading →

The Power of Poetry

I have been a wordsmith my entire life and yet, not a poet. Despite this fact, poetry is often where I turn when life becomes the most uncomprehensible. And this past year has been fairly uncomprehensible in anyone’s book. And so today, I offer three beautiful poems from three different poets and a bit of... Continue Reading →

Lost for words

‘Hey Lisa happy new year! I noticed you haven’t blogged for a while - is everything ok?’ I received this text yesterday morning from a friend, and as I looked at it, I wondered how on earth to reply to him. In fact, he sent it more than 36 hours ago and I still haven’t... Continue Reading →

A strange destiny?

This week I learned the etymology of a word I’ve used for years: the word, ‘weird’. Weird. That thing that you definitely don’t want to be labeled in junior high school. Or really, anytime in your life when you don’t want to stand out from the crowd. Weird. An apt word for today, Halloween; a... Continue Reading →

Life magic

My house is decorated in skeletons, bats, spiders, zombies and witches in the lead up to tomorrow’s Halloween. Every year for the past 18 years I’ve hosted a Halloween party of some sort. It was a tradition we started in England the year my eldest was one and continues today. Halloween is one of my... Continue Reading →

When nothing goes to plan

Saturday morning. I woke up with a beautiful plan for the day. Start with an early morning coffee on my deck in the sun. Have breakfast with my daughters before they headed to their dad’s for the next week. Jump on a quick conference call with my office that wouldn’t last more than half an... Continue Reading →

Growing into myself

“How long have you lived in Australia?,” asked the Justice of the Peace as he certified some documents for me today. “Almost fifteen years, this time,” I replied. “But I lived here in the early 1990s for a couple of years too, before moving to the UK and living there for nine years.” He shook... Continue Reading →

When a Dream Dies

Six years ago this week I was in Rochester, Minnesota at the world-famous Mayo Clinic, not as a patient, but as a member of their External Advisory Board for their Social Media Network. I remember being asked to join the board in 2013 and being filled with excitement. It was a professional dream come true... Continue Reading →

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