Month: September 2014

The 5 Stages of Grief

The 5 Stages of Grief

Happy Monday, girls! We’re back in the groove today. The kids finally went back to school after last week’s Jewish holidays, and I went back to the gym (five pounds heavier due to endless chopped liver, brisket and gefilte fish).

You might recall we had one of my favorite guest bloggers on this site, Janet Tarasofsky. Her post titled 525,600 Minutes to Single Motherhood began like this:

Single mothers are created in all different ways– some through divorce, some by choice and some by pure chance. I struggle to decide exactly which category I fall into… perhaps you can help me to decide?

Wordless Wednesday: Shana Tova

Wordless Wednesday: Shana Tova

Happy Hump Day! Tomorrow I will be in synagogue with my family observing Rosh Hashanah- our Jewish New Year.

To our readers observing the holiday– I wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year. May this upcoming year bring you peace, contentment, and perhaps that jump off the fence.

Staying true to bloggerland’s Wordless Wednesday and the sharing of pictures only, a little Jewish humor of you…

September 23, 2003: The Day My Life Changed Forever

September 23, 2003: The Day My Life Changed Forever

The day was September 22nd, 2003. I was selfish. A workaholic. 9 months pregnant. And didn’t know just how my life would change the next day, at 5:40am on a Tuesday, September 23rd.

When I heard the first cry, it literally took my breath away. I was instantly hooked. I hovered over his crib in the hospital. I watched him breathe. I watched his little round face for hours. It was a love only a mother could comprehend.

So to my first born child, my son, who turns 11 today, watching you grow over the past 11 years, has literally, just as the moment you came into the world, taken my breath away. When I’m flustered, you remain calm, saying, “Mommy, don’t worry. Don’t get excited, it’s good.” Or how you can read and watch historical biographies and documentaries for hours, wanting to soak up as much knowledge about the world as possible. Or something as silly as your iPod buzzing off the hook (hello 6th grade!), and you saying, “I don’t care about any of that. I prefer to BE with my friends than text them.” You are all kindness, compassion, sensitivity, intelligence, maturity, strength, and someone I would want as a friend in my life.

Striving for Balance

Striving for Balance

We should probably begin by defining success.

To me, it meant spending my days doing something I loved. Having the flexibility to be present for school concerts, sick days and summers. Travel. And rarely, if ever, being told what to do. If you look at that list carefully, you will note I am basically unemployable – or as others like to call it – an entrepreneur.

Freaky Friday

Freaky Friday

So, this is the deal, ladies. Our website got overtaken by hackers in Pakistan this past weekend.

We then decided Monday morning to prematurely launch our new site redesign (it was the same amount of work to bring back the old site, or get the new one up and running).

But maybe that was a mistake.

We’ve been working on our blog redesign for A LONG TIME. Our goal is to bring you a more user-friendly experience, easier to navigate, and specifically, a more mobile friendly site too.

Fall Fashion in Lauren's Closet

Fall Fashion in Lauren’s Closet

As many of you know, I am the proud Brand Ambassador of Le Château, Canada’s leading specialty retailer and manufacturer of contemporary fashion apparel, accessories, and footwear at value pricing for style-conscious women and men of all ages. I can usually be seen on TV, at red carpet events, speaking, working, or even at carpool in Le Château. So, I’m excited to announce today that Le Château has teamed up with celebrated actress Lauren Holly to present Lauren’s Closet: an exclusive, on-trend collection launching this fall.

Lauren’s Closet is a sophisticated collection designed by Le Château and brought together by actress Lauren Holly. The collection ranges from chic daywear, to trendy casual wear and evening wear that encompass Lauren Holly’s lifestyle.

How To Join The Women’s Entrepreneurial Club

How To Join The Women’s Entrepreneurial Club

We do a Wordless Wednesday all the time, so today I thought we’d do a Flashback Friday. So many different social media “isms!”

Flashback to 2012, I was called upon as one of “America’s Ultimate Experts” to share my advice for budding female entrepreneurs in the latest issue of Woman’s World Magazine. If you are a woman thinking of starting your own business, here are some helpful tips and advice from some top experts. Entrepreneurship is not an easy journey. It is one of great sacrifice, hardship and frustration. It is also one of great reward, possibility and freedom. Something to ponder…

#WomenOnTheFence Celebrates Its 5th Blogiversary!

#WomenOnTheFence Celebrates Its 5th Blogiversary!

Today we celebrate the 5th anniversary of a blog that was born out of feeling stuck, on the fence, alone, confused, and wanting to create a space for women to get inspired, get off the fence, grow, succeed and thrive. You have made that happen. I am grateful for this community who has stood by me in my darkest hours, my greatest triumphs, and given me a safe place to be authentic myself. You have also helped each other, and inspired each other into action. Never underestimate the power of a few simple words on a page.

This week, I celebrated our 5th blogiversary on my weekly segment on Global TV. We had much to celebrate this week… our blogging anniversary of course, and our co-host Camille’s engagement. I honored WomenOnTheFence’s blogging anniversary by sharing some blogging tips and tricks. So, if you are thinking of taking the dive, a few tricks of the trade…

Domestic Violence #WhyIStayed #WhyILeft

Domestic Violence #WhyIStayed #WhyILeft

After TMZ released the video yesterday of Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice knocking his then girlfriend (now wife) unconscious with one single punch, victims of abuse began to come forward and tell their powerful stories in 140 characters or less: #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft.

Their hashtags gave us a horrific but honest view into the dangerous and tragic world of domestic violence. They were gut-wreching to read.

Wordless Wednesday: U2 for ME2!

Wordless Wednesday: U2 for ME2!

So, I know you’re probably wondering, what does THIS have to do with getting off the fence? And the truth is, it doesn’t. But when you’ve never won anything in your life, I mean ANYTHING (other than a subscription to Teen Beat magazine, which at 11, was better than winning the lotto), it’s cause for excitement!

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