Temporarily Unsettled

Posted by Marko on June 6, 2018 in Off Topic |

Warning! This post might get a little deep. If you’re not into the whole meaning of life question, you’ll probably want to skip this one.

Still with me? OK, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m at a crossroads in my life. It’s one of those big forks that makes you reflect back over where you’ve been and look ahead to where you’re going. It’s a time to decide what I have in my life that’s working, and what can be thrown away. Read more…


To Write or Not to Write

Posted by Marko on May 28, 2018 in Off Topic |

You may have noticed that things have been a little quiet over here. I spent the last week taking a much needed digital break. It helps to get away from the hyper-connectedness of the digital world every once in awhile. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend a digital break.

My family and I took a planned trip to Captiva Island, FL last week. Kirk and I decided to leave our laptops behind and let me tell you — it was fantastic. I didn’t check email. I didn’t check Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

I watched Manatees swimming in the bay. I experienced two of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen. I swam with my kids and even relaxed a little by the pool. It was blissful. Read more…


Letting go

Posted by Marko on May 20, 2018 in Off Topic |

When we find ourselves in the midst of a crisis, it can be difficult to let go of our current circumstances and jump into the unknown. Sometimes clinging to the familiar — no matter how painful — is more comfortable than exploring the unfamiliar.

Today I want to invite you to become uncomfortable.

If you’re already unhappy with the current circumstances in which you find yourself, what’s the worst that could happen if you take a step in a more harmonious direction? What are you most afraid of? Read more…


Advertising Messages and You

Posted by Marko on May 13, 2018 in Off Topic |

Think back to the last time you picked up a magazine or catalog and walked away from it feeling better about yourself. If you’re having a hard time remembering such a time, you’re not alone. The only way you would likely feel better about yourself is if you purchased a product you “discovered” by reading said magazine or catalog.

What if you made the conscious decision to stop browsing magazines? Is it possible that you would miss out on the lastest and greatest thing you never knew you always needed? Would you walk around in the “wrong” color eyeshadow or shoes?

What about television commercials? And radio advertisements? Would you miss out if you decided to skip those as well? Read more…


Personal Finance in Personal Relationships

Posted by Marko on May 5, 2018 in Off Topic |

Sometimes I have to stop and realize that not all people feel comfortable discussing personal finances. I’ve always enjoyed discussing money matters, but this may be because I feel that money management is separate from a person’s character.

Unless someone is intentionally being dishonest, learning to properly manage money is typically just about learning how.

I recently learned that a young man I’m close to is planning to move out on his own soon.

His mom called to tell me about his plans to leave the family nest. She said that she asked him to meet with me first before moving out to get a budget together. Read more…


Making Cold Process Soap

Posted by Marko on April 27, 2018 in Off Topic |

As most of you know, I enjoy making everyday items myself. I like to know what goes into the products I’m using to clean our home and bodies, along with the food we’re eating. And by making most of my own food, cleaning products and some personal care items, I’m able to be creative while making consumable items that won’t clutter up my house.

Kate, a reader, recently turned me on to cold process soap making. I have to admit, I haven’t been this excited about something or had so much fun creating in quite some time. Read more…


Getting Busy. Messing Up Relationships.

Posted by Marko on April 19, 2018 in Off Topic |

Sometimes life gets busier than we want. When this happens, sometimes friendships and relationships suffer.

I’m fortunate to have a few very old friends that I can meet up with every so often and our conversation can pick up right where it left off. As the mother of young kids, it’s difficult to get together with my friends and catch up. Especially if I’m chasing a curious two-year old boy around.

My friends are tolerant. They have little kids too, so they get it. But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t enjoy spending more time with them. Read more…


Juicing to Detox – My experience

Posted by Marko on April 12, 2018 in Off Topic |

Over the last couple of weeks, Kirk and I have watched several documentaries about healthy eating. The first documentary we watched is called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It’s a documentary about an Australian named Joe that decided to go on a 60 day juice fast in order to improve his deteriorating health.

Throughout the 60 days, Joe travels around the U.S. spreading the word about what he’s doing and why. He inspires some people along the way, and they in turn follow a juice fast and share their journey throughout the documentary.

It’s an inspiring documentary, which led me to learn more about juicing and fasting. After doing my own research, I decided to try a juicing fast for myself. Read more…


Getting the Clean and Healthy Water You Deserve

Posted by Marko on April 1, 2018 in Off Topic |

Water serves as a critical element of our survival. Yet, getting clean, uncontaminated water is not always as straight forward as it should be.

Several times throughout the 11 years I’ve lived in this house, a water testing company has left a little bottle on our front porch and offered to test our tap water, free of charge. I always tossed the bottle and thought the company was just trying to make a buck.

After all, our water supply flows through a highly regulated public supply. I always assumed it must be pretty safe.

I’ve had a number of experiences lately that have led me to research the safety and quality of our home water supply. What I found is that our tap water is highly regulated, but it still contains chemicals considered unsafe for human consumption. Read more…


Owning My Time

Posted by Marko on March 23, 2018 in Off Topic |

What do you do when in the midst of attempting to gain more control over your time, you become so busy that it’s hard to catch your breath? I’m asking because this is the exact situation in which I find myself now.

I’m working on creating more space in my days. Meanwhile, the process of making these changes have added more noise than I’m comfortable with.

What’s a recovering Type-A (at least I like to tell myself I’m recovering) to do? Read more…

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