Month: June 2015

Why Sleepaway Camp Is Good For Kids AND Parents

Why Sleepaway Camp Is Good For Kids AND Parents

It’s 9:15am Monday morning. I just finished a great ‘Beat Spin and Abs’ class, and I’m feeling good. A bit lonely, but gooooood.

Last week, I sent my boys off to sleepaway camp, together, for the first time. The people I have bumped into have asked me, “So? How does it feel to have both your kids gone for the first time?”

My answer? “On a scale of 1-10… 1,000,000!”

And they just look at me.

Who is this woman who so freely admits she hardly misses her kids and is celebrating her freedom?

The truth is, the first couple of days it felt like I had lost a limb. Like someone had literally cut off my right arm. But now? Now I have a sense of calm, baby. And perhaps even peace. I lie in bed in the morning sipping coffee flipping between The Today Show and Good Morning America. I went to a movie yesterday at 4:30pm. A Sunday afternoon movie that I wanted to see… not a kids movie! I’m hoping to go to the Jazz Fest tonight. I have dinner plans with friends this week. I don’t even feel tired anymore because just the emotional drain of raising children can be exhausting.

And I feel no guilt about my happiness.

10 Tips To Stay Healthy and Happy This Summer

10 Tips To Stay Healthy and Happy This Summer

It’s just about that time – the evenings are longer, school’s out, and I am reminded that I need to pull out my white skinnies more often. It’s for this reason that I decided LAST summer, that throughout the summer months, I will come from a place of YES instead of my frequent place of NO. “No, you can’t stay up 30 minutes later,” “No, you’re in your pi’s, we can’t go to Dairy Queen tonight,” or “No, I can’t meet you for coffee, my friend, because I have too many deadlines.” I decided that “no” was not going to dominate my vocabulary. Summer is a perfect time to say YES to our life. We want to make sure we’re seizing the moments.

In one of my many AHA moments as a Certified Life Coach, I realized that we are SO MUCH IN CONTROL OF OURSELVES AND OUR LIVES. We are in control of our health, our well-being, our mental state, our marriage, our career, our happiness. Everything. It’s up to us to give ourselves the best life possible. No one else can do it for us, and truth is, it’s best when we can do it for ourselves.

Grey or Orange?

Grey or Orange?

Happy Monday, Ladies!

I hope you all enjoyed your Father’s Day yesterday and had a chance to relax a little bit. We had a wonderfully relaxing day filled dads, grandads and family. The weekend was also accompanied by a few butterflies, as we get ready to send these boys off this week to summer camp. My little one for his first time.

A Tribute To My Three Fathers

A Tribute To My Three Fathers

My name is Marnie. I am a 40-something woman, girl, lady, mother, sister, daughter, aunt… you get the picture. I am currently at the peak of transition in my life– starting over in every conceivable way. Living in a new city. Subletting as my material world lays in storage. I can literally go anywhere, become anyone, do anything. My true accountability is only to myself, as I am at the beginning of my journey with just me in tow… and maybe a carry-on or two depending on the day. My words are from my soul, they are real and hopefully they are relatable. My hope is to help other souls beginning anew in uncharted territory.

Father’s Day on Sunday is a strange day for me. Heavy and yet not heavy, and I will share why.

Madonna, New York City, California, Tremblant, PK Subban & @Aeroplan!

Madonna, New York City, California, Tremblant, PK Subban & @Aeroplan!

Summer is almost here, and I am so excited to show this to you today!

Let me give you a little teaser first… Madonna, New York City, golf, Tremblant, California, Broadway, PK Subban.

Yup. 😉

For all the readers who know I have been a loyal member of the Aeroplan program, accumulating Aeroplan Miles as I have spent dollars for almost 20 YEARS, as well as their Brand Ambassador, it gives me great pleasure to share some cool stuff with you…

Regrets

Regrets

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”Jim Rohn

Is It Okay For A Woman To Drink Alone In A Bar?

By Guest Blogger Rebecca Longman

Here I am, 4.30pm on a Wednesday afternoon, 32 years of age and propping up a bar in Stamford, CT. I look around and there’s plenty of men, doing the same as me, drinking alone, yet I’m the one getting the ‘what’s your story’ looks.

Before you judge me let me explain why I’m here.

Five weeks ago on Friday, I became an expat. I moved from my home of London, England to Connecticut. The catalyst for the move? My husband’s job. He has worked for the same company for seven years and they recently offered him a transfer to the US.

Wordy Wednesday: We Want It All!

Wordy Wednesday: We Want It All!

Saw this on Instagram, loved, and had to share.

‘Cuz I think this is a universal struggle. Actually, a daily on the fence dilemma. We all wanna look great, but we all (mostly all), love to eat!

As I once read,

Everyday I struggle between, “I want to look good naked” and “Treat ‘Yo Self!”

Hit 40 this year, and the struggle is real.

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