Did someone say road trip? 🚙

We’re road-tripping this week – our first road trip in a couple of years. I can’t wait. We’ll be meeting the newest member of our extended family, skiing at our old stomping grounds and taking in a few sights and favorite stops along the way. It’s going to be stupendous. After graduating, my first job […]

Crying in my car

Four days before Christmas, I lost my wallet. It was the first time that’s ever happened. Ever. I don’t lose things. On Sunday before Christmas, Daisy and I went for early morning manicures and pedicures. When it was time to pay, my wallet was nowhere to be found.  My mind started racing. Where was my […]

How to call B$** on yourself

I carry a notebook with me wherever I go.  It’s my back-up brain in that all of my to-do items and meeting notes, brainstorms and ideas are inside. I’d be lost without it. For the past six months, there’s been one to-do item on the list every single week. That’s approximately 24 to-do lists. There […]

How to break up with your hair stylist

Blonde maintenance is a thing. If you follow us on Instagram (and I hope you do @valleyandbeach @sccrawford @staceyvulakh), you’ll see we often post silly pictures of ourselves while blonde-ing. Oh, the countless hours I’ve spent at the salon, wearing tin foil bits in my hair while looking like an antenna. When we moved to […]

We were off to see the Wizard 🎵

Our family has been on a movie binge over the past several months.  At ten, my children are finally old enough to start watching classics from the 80s and 90s. The Sandlot. Mrs. Doubtfire. Big. These are just a few. I love these moments. Seeing their reactions, fielding their questions, and of course, reliving some […]

How befriending discomfort can be the smartest move💯

Happy New Year. My head has been swirling for the past few days with lots of self-imposed pressure to get back in the swing of things with gusto. But the gusto hasn’t arrived. The transition from vacation mindset to routine mindset is vastly different and while I love my everyday life, the shift feels harder […]

When life doesn’t feel festive

Christmas has been happening in our home since the day after Thanksgiving. First the music then the decorations and tree. Bring me all the seasonal decorations and holiday plaid, the twinkling lights and glittery eye shadow that seems appropriate to wear even for school drop-off. Yet with the joy and over-the-top festivity is an underlying […]

Must-read: This is why self-care is so hard 💣

Mic drop moment while listening to a recent coaching call. I literally stopped in my tracks and rewound to hear it said again. And then again. Because it was the simple answer to an issue I’ve heard over and over and over again. On coaching calls with clients, in casual conversation with friend groups and […]

Remember when you wished for all you have right now?

Remember when you wished for all you have right now? It’s a popular sentiment that swirls in the internet-o-sphere. Last week our family had a day I’d been dreaming about for years. It was Thanksgiving and it was pouring and it was chilly (yes, chilly, even by my New England roots standards). A fire roared in the […]

When it feels like gratitude isn’t “working”

Admittedly, a few years back, I was a bit underwhelmed by the whole gratitude concept.  I show thanks daily. I grew up saying prayers at bedtime. Our family collectively holds hands and recites thanks before dinner. And I write thank you notes aplenty. What more is there? Turns out, a lot. And it didn’t hit me […]