Ladies, this might be the most unpopular thing I have ever written. But, I can honestly say that I have never felt that being a woman has prevented me from getting ahead. In fact, I think many times my gender has been an asset.
My favorite part of a wedding is the vows. The words, in their simplicity are deeply profound. Each time I hear them, and tear-up at the commitment between the loved ones, I can’t help but wonder what it would be like if more people made the promise to themselves. To first bond with their nature and honor it through their actions. To one-day stand in front of a mirror and say the words out loud:
“I take thee, as my lawful self, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love and honor you all the days of my life.”
A few weeks ago, I asked readers to send questions they would like me to answer in my blog. I received many responses including one from Anne who wanted to know how to define her goals. She shared that she wasn’t sure where to start or how to narrow down what goals would be the most impactful. Great question!
I had the opportunity to go sailing last week in the British Virgin Islands. I went and left behind work, deadlines, and the everyday stresses of modern living. In the Islands, life took on a different hue. The air was warm and the ocean a clear turquoise blue. Each day we anchored the sailboat off a sparsely populated island in a cove lined with white sandy beaches. Between the heat and carefree days, my mind began to check out. It was then, that I got coached.
My mother didn’t go to work when I was young. Instead she woke up early, made us a brown bag lunch, drove the carpool to school, and went home to clean the house, grocery shopped, and ironed my father’s button down shirts. By the time we got home, she would be sitting on the couch, engrossed in the Phil Donahue show, while she directed us to do our homework. Shortly after, she’d freshened her makeup for my father’s arrival and began to prepare a sit-down family dinner.
I often find when I’m struggling with a problem, I circle around a set of potential solutions that seems to magnify the problem itself. Now that’s a problem. This week, after a restless night, I thought there must be a better way to deal with life’s inevitable conflicts. The following morning, I came across an article by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent.