As a child and young adult, I was fascinated with my ancestry. Mostly, my Greek ancestry. My great-grandparents came over on a boat from Greece and settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Luckily, for me, my grandparents were wise and made their way south to Charlotte, not long after getting married. Charlotte was a new city at … Continue reading The impact of our forefathers and epigenetics
At the beginning of the summer, I made plans to take some kiddos to CiCi's Pizza and SkyZone. I had been promising one of the 9-year old boys that if he was good three Sundays in a row at church that I would take him to CiCi's. (What is it with that place? It's just … Continue reading Respond to a child with trauma informed LOVE
The past two months, I've been working on a new business venture. It has COMPLETELY consumed my life. And pretty much the lives of all of 'my people'. Especially my dad. That new business venture? AirBnB. Yep, I jumped on the bandwagon. Bought a house in the cutest little neighborhood a mile from uptown and … Continue reading Impact of stable caring adult: Help a child develop resilience, confidence and problem solving techniques
A few years ago I had the opportunity to travel to Kabul to work with some of the most talented colleagues that I've ever had the honor to work with. We trained government and private sector leaders on stakeholder mapping and helped them develop an advocacy plan to improve the health of the country. I had … Continue reading Start with the basics…physical and emotional safety are paramount
I'm exhausted because well, kids. I took a break from writing because well, kids. My house is a mess because well, kids (and the dog.....oh man, y'all the dog...he pooped on my white shag carpet last night, and then again this morning. YUCK.). And, y'all.....in case you missed it.....I don't have kids (the poopy dog … Continue reading Infusing the Next Generation with the Hope of Christ
I have a hard time saying "no" to things. I'm a fixer.... of people and processes. And, I'm pretty resilient through that process of fixing (see previous post). [or at least, I think I am] But I can get worn out..... most of which happens because I've let someone or something push through my boundaries. … Continue reading Boundaries are important. Even God has boundaries.
I LOVE to throw a party. And, I'm pretty good at it. It comes naturally, but it also comes because I've watched my mom do it. She's a natural hostess. She can think through how many people, location, age, interest, etc. and come up with a menu and event that will knock your socks off. … Continue reading We do what we see modeled.