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Make An Impact

I’m all about trying to make an impact on my 5 children. As my kids are getting older and older (and getting taller and taller), making an impact on them needs is something that’s getting more and more important. My kids are now 5, 10, 12, 13 and 14 years old. My 4 oldest are my boys and I’m really in the midst of teenage-hood right now. I’m in trenches of it and it’s right at this time where the decisions that they make can make lasting effects. I want them to make smart and good decisions, so...
Tags: Audrey, Personal, Ask Listen Learn, Make An Impact, Responsibility.org


in which two humans figure out how to make a yard safe for canines

We did it! We closed the gaps in our partially fenced yard, in a way that looks decent, was within our budget, and within our skill set.First we researched online, and eliminated many possibilities.Then we simplified the project by choosing the least number of gaps to close that would still give the dogs a nice-sized area to play in, and by not having a gate.After investigating local options, we drove five hours round-trip to the Home Depot in Campbell River to buy materials, and visited an off-...
Tags: Travel, Dogs, Personal, Kai, Campbell River, Laura K


Inducted into my High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame

When I was in high school, swimming was my life. I saw 5 days a week, 2 times a day. I would wake up at 4AM to head to practice before school and then head to practice after school for another couple of hours, too. Swimming was everything. I had pictures of Summer Sanders on my bedroom wall. I read Swimming World Magazine. I truly just loved everything about the sport. I knew I would never be in the Olympics, but it never mattered to me. The competition of it all was between me, myself and I. I...
Tags: Parenting, Personal, William, Swimming, Rhode Island, Hall of Fame, Sanders, Heather, Audrey, Athletic Hall of Fame, Audrey McClelland, Athletic Hall of Fame Truthfully, Heather Piazza, Sandy Gorham


Four Steps to Manage Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

When I was a young girl, I struggled with obsessive-compulsive disorder. I believed that if I landed on a crack in the sidewalk, something terrible would happen to me, so I did my best to skip over them. I feared that if I had bad thoughts of any kind, I would go to hell. To purify myself, I would go to confession and Mass over and over again, and spend hours praying the rosary. I felt if I didn’t compliment someone, like the waitress where we were eating dinner, I would bring on the end of the ...
Tags: Psychology, Personal, Self-help, Intrusive Thoughts, OCD, Obsessions, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Mental Health And Wellness, Anxiety And Panic, Compulsions


How to Make Being a Stay-at-Home Mom a Reality

Many times when people ask me what I do, I get mixed responses when I explain that I’m a stay-at-home mom. Some people are a little put off by it (which is totally fine), while others look at me as if I have stumbled upon this lucky coin in life. “I wish I could stay at home with my babies too, but we need my income”, is usually the response I hear. For some individuals, staying at home is not a choice because they do need the extra income. However, when another mom tells me how lucky I am, I c...
Tags: California, Marketing, Personal, Netflix, Hulu, Better Yourself, Kids and Money, Money Stories


The Importance of Practice and Preparation

I used to shy away from certain activities. Why? Because I believed that I had to do them well or not do them at all. If I didn’t have any natural talent, then clearly they weren’t for me. On to the next pursuit.   Sometimes this approach makes sense. Take, for example, trying to play the violin. If, after many lessons, your “music” is jarring to your own ears and you don’t enjoy the experience, perhaps consider giving up what initially seemed like a good idea. You can lead an amazing life wi...
Tags: Psychology, Learning, Preparation, Memory, Habits, Personal, Self-help, Perfectionism, Nix, Katie Couric, Katie, Habit Change


pupdate: ten things we love about kai

The yard is only partially fenced, so until we close the gap, Kai is tethered.She doesn't seem to mind. Allan, Diego, and I are totally smitten by this little munchkin. What a surprise, eh? In no particular order, here are ten awesome things about Kai.1. She's housetrained. Through at least four foster homes and who knows what else, she hasn't had an accident in the house.2. She loves toys. Kai always wants to have a toy handy. If she runs off to greet one of us, she first grabs a ...
Tags: Travel, Dogs, Personal, Diego, Kai, Laura K, Tala, Allan Diego


Learn to Say NO

There’s one thing in life that I’m not the best at and (in all honesty) has really always been a struggle for me… learning to say NO. I need to get better and learn to say NO to things that I just can’t fit in, do at the moment or even really want to do. I’m a YES girl. I always have been. If someone asks me to do something, I say YES and figure it out later. This has worked for me well for 40 years, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve begun to realize the power in saying NO for yourself. It’s not a ...
Tags: Parenting, Personal, Audrey, How To Say No, Audrey McClelland, Learn to Say NO, Laundry Emails Photos


8 Things Autistic People Wished You Knew about April

Every April, autism takes a center stage in global awareness. All around the world, well-meaning, good-hearted people “Light it up blue” for Autism Awareness Month, and they decorate their social media with the puzzle piece frames and the jigsaw rainbow awareness ribbons. And, every March, autistic adults are already dreading April. Many of them report feeling traumatized by previous Aprils. They begin to mentally prepare for what is ahead, feeling powerless to stop it. They’re bracing thems...
Tags: Psychology, General, Personal, Autism, Autism Spectrum, Stigma, Aspergers, Asperger, Stereotyping, Neurodiversity, Autism Awareness Month, Neurodivergent, Stigmatization, Autism Acceptance Month, Medical Disability Model, Neurotypical Allies


Followup To “Dealing With Loss”

I sincerely appreciate all of the comments and notes I’ve gotten in response to that post.  It means more to me than you know, and it has convinced me that although some of you don’t comment on the blog (arghh …), it’s worth it to spend the effort writing. I think I’ve responded to all of the email sent, if not, please forward your email again because I’ve just overlooked it.  I should have stipulated one thing.  It’s one thing to find work anywhere (unlimited relocation or travel).  It’s anothe...
Tags: Personal, Military


Dealing With Loss

I’ve avoided writing this post.  I knew it would be painful, but I’ve just now been able to formulate what I wanted to say.  At least, sort of.  I need to say just enough, but I can’t say too much. I’ve had a hard four months.  At the end of November, 2018, I was hit with a reduction in force (RIF) where I worked, which of course, means I was laid off.  I’ve always hidden my employer from my writing, never even once mentioning my company. This is what I did with Duke Energy.  I’m a nuclear engin...
Tags: Navy, America, Linkedin, Personal, Military, Marine Corps, Duke Energy, Don, Heidi, EEOC, Rahab, Doberman, CIH


outstanding customer service from wayfair.ca

Wayfair.ca has amazing customer service! Their selection is great, the prices are competitive, and they offer free shipping with orders of more than $75. But their customer service has sealed the deal.We bought two lamps, replacing the lamps that were smashed by We Help Moving's ineptitude. The glass shade on one of the new lamps was scratched. The lamp had been tightly packed in several pieces, and I was dreading sending back the damaged part, or worse, the whole lamp.Earlier this year, we boug...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Ikea, Consumer Issues, Wayfair, Laura K, Wayfair Wayfair


introducing... kai!

Our first meeting Introducing Kai, the new addition to our pack, and Diego's new sister!Kai (rhymes with eye) is small for us, about 30 pounds, a pit-mix with a "Staffie" look. She is much smaller than a Staffie -- unless her foster mom was very wrong about her age! We believe she is about 18 months old. Her coat is a dark brindle colour with a white blaze.More than two years after losing Tala, Allan and I decided it was finally time to restore our full family, a pack of four. About a mo...
Tags: Travel, Dogs, Personal, Middle East, Vancouver, Allan, Diego, Kai, Laura K, Port McNeill, Life In A Small Town, Tala Allan


On Stage on the Spectrum

About three years ago, I got an email publicizing a drama school called the Center for Applied Drama and Autism, C.A.D.A. I was instantly interested. A year before, my 10-year-old son Tommy had been diagnosed with autism. I had always wanted him to get into acting because I’d acted as a child, having been in shows such as Gypsy and Fiddler on the Roof at local dinner theaters. Tommy seemed as though he would be a natural because he had the ability to memorize scripts (he was an avid scripter; p...
Tags: Psychology, Parenting, Drama, Personal, Child Development, Autism, Theater, Stigma, Akron, Children And Teens, Aspergers, Akron Ohio, Tommy, Improvisation, Tommy He, Peer Support


Free Mom Hugs: How a Mother’s Love for Her Son Turned into a Revolution

Sometimes the spiritual dark night of the soul can bring forth radiance that emanates from the individual experiencing it and gets carried out into the world and inspires others. Sara Cunningham from Oklahoma found herself in such a dilemma. Her religious upbringing was devoutly Christian. She felt she lived it in all aspects of her life. Then her beloved son Parker came out to her as a Gay man. She was in a tailspin,  as she attempted to reconcile those two realities. As a result of many...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Parenting, Interview, Support, Personal, Gay, Transgender, Spirituality, Homosexuality, Christianity, Lgbtq, Oklahoma, Discrimination, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bisexual


The Crash

I woke up this morning with my eyes glued shut. That was pretty disorienting. I wasn’t a character in a Dean Koontz novel, but I was relieved when I realized that I had conjunctivitis, as I’m not sure what I would have done if my eyes were sewn shut with fishing line. After I sorted myself out, I remembered that I was supposed to be running the Knoxville Marathon today. I would have been just finishing up when I woke up, so I had a wave a sadness come over me. I took a long shower, letting th...
Tags: Cold, Trends, Personal, Boulder, Wiley, Sick, Amy, Feld, Koontz, Knoxville Marathon


At the End of a Long Journey

This flight from Kansas City to Toronto is uniquely significant to me. Though on one level it’s just another uncomfortable short-haul flight on another rickety regional jet, it marks the end of a journey that has taken me to the ends of the earth. Almost eighteen months ago I boarded a plane to Israel to mark the beginning of this journey into the history of the Christian faith—a journey I codenamed “EPIC.” It took me to 24 countries across six continents before it drew to its ...
Tags: Australia, China, Israel, Toronto, Articles, Blogging, Personal, United States, South Africa, Korea, New Zealand, Brazil, Zambia, Ecuador, Kansas City, Manila


Chloe Bennett in the Shanghai Metro

When I first saw these ads, I felt that this woman looked familiar, but I couldn’t place her, and the Chinese name 汪可盈 didn’t mean anything to me. I also felt like she didn’t look 100% ethnically Chinese, despite the Chinese name (and lack of English name). Turns out this is Chloe Bennett, the star of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s kind of interesting how her English name in the U.S. shows no trace of Chinese heritage, but when she appears on ads in China, her English...
Tags: TV, Hollywood, Celebrities, China, Wikipedia, Advertising, Personal, Shanghai, Linguistics, Bennet, Wang, Chloe Bennet, Shanghai Metro, Chloe Bennett


drive and hike to the ocean: san josef bay

Ever since we moved here, I've been fascinated with our town's proximity to Cape Scott Provincial Park. Cape Scott is a wilderness park, accessible mainly through the rugged North Coast Trail -- for very serious hikers, i.e., not us. But I've read that some small sections are more accessible for a day hike.People rave about the beauty of San Josef Bay -- known locally as Sanjo Bay -- but always with a caveat: there's no easy way to get there. We pass the turnoff sign on Rt. 19 all the time, and ...
Tags: Life In A Small Town, Personal, Vancouver Island, Laura K


6 Ways to Overcome and Benefit from Embarrassment

Henri Rousseau once wrote, “It’s not the criminal things which are hardest to confess, but the ridiculous and shameful.” We’ve all been there, strutting down the path of humiliation with our tail in between our legs. As the queen of embarrassment, I now know what to do and what not to do while donning a dunce cap. I have learned that my idiotic acts aren’t as important as the way in which I rebound. If I can maneuver gracefully back to two feet and walk forward with confidence, my flaws have a w...
Tags: Psychology, General, Relationships, Habits, Personal, Shame, Mental Health And Wellness, Embarrassment, Annapolis, Henri Rousseau, Building Confidence, Mommy Oops


winter drive: alice lake loop

A few weeks ago, we took a scenic drive known as the Alice Lake Loop. We read there were various short hikes and natural attractions along the way. We may have missed some stops or turn-offs, as it really was mostly driving and very little walking. On the other hand, in an area that is trying to reinvent itself as a tourism destination, any attraction, no matter how small, is included in the guidebooks and websites. So I don't know if the Alice Lake Loop is of mild interest, or if we missed som...
Tags: Life In A Small Town, Personal, Vancouver Island, Laura K


Summer Lovin’ Had Me a Blast; Summer Lovin’ Happened So Fast

This post originally appeared on Nomadic Chick. It all began, fittingly, on the first day of summer with a game called ‘tangled’, where everyone puts their hands in the center of a circle, grabs two random people’s hands and then proceeds to untangle themselves to make a circle as this is “team-building” and “creates friendships”. It was our first day as counselors at an American summer camp in up-state New York and we were wondering just what we had gotten ourselves into. In the fray of hand g...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Usa, New York, Australia, New York City, US, Personal, Canada, United States, Ireland, Jane Austen, Buffalo, Pod, Derry, North America


My Morning Routine with 5 Kids

One of the most common questions I get from readers is – “What is your morning routine like with 5 kids?” I’ll be honest – it’s not smooth and easy and carefree. I’m always running around like a crazy lady! There’s not one day that’s alike, they all seem to have their own challenges when it comes to getting everyone up and out the door on time1 My Morning Routine is always set in stone for myself – I know when I need to get up and I know what I need to do… but my kids? They’re wild cards every ...
Tags: Parenting, Personal, Victoria, Henry, Ben, Matt, Audrey, Morning Routine, William Alex, Audrey McClelland, Victoria I, Corie Clark


To Others Who Have Experienced Trauma as Children

Most of us have real anger and suffering living inside us. Perhaps in the past we were oppressed or mistreated, and all that pain is still right there, buried in our store consciousness. We haven’t processed and transformed our relationship with what happened to us and we sit there alone with all that anger, hatred, despair and suffering. If we were abused when were young, every time our thinking mind goes back over that event, it’s like we’re experiencing the abuse all over again. – Thich N...
Tags: Psychology, Senate, Personal, Ptsd, Trauma, Ford, Women's Issues, Children And Teens, Thich Nhat Hahn


Birth of An Entrepreneur

In the past 24 hours, I’ve gotten a bunch of emails with positive feedback about my 81st birthday tribute to my dad and the Storyworth history I posted on how we ended up in Dallas. I woke up this morning to another Storyworth history from him, this time titled Birth Of An Entrepreneur: Brad Feld. I read it and loved it, especially since it reflected so significantly on how integral he was to the entrepreneurial path I ended up on. As a tribute to my dad turning 81, I thought I’d share an...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Birthday, Personal, Dallas, Brad Feld, Daniel, Brad, Feld, Bar Mitzvah, Stan Feld, Stanley Feld, Bar Mitzvah Gold, Krugerands Gold


Don’t Force Gratitude

In his book What Happy People Know, Dan Baker argues that you can’t be in a state of appreciation and fear, or anxiety, at the same time. He explains: During active appreciation the threatening messages from your amygdala [fear center of the brain] and the anxious instincts of your brainstem are cut off, suddenly and surely, from access to your brain’s neocortex, where they can fester, replicate themselves, and turn your stream of thoughts into a cold river of dread. It is a fact of neurology th...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Happiness, Personal, Self-help, Depression, Arkansas, Oprah, Baker, Mental Health And Wellness, Brain And Behavior, Rutherford, Dan Baker, Margaret Rutherford, University of California in Berkeley


Happy 81st Birthday Dad

My dad turns 81 today. He’s one of my best friends. He loves the color green. And, a few of my other friends have a birthday today (happy birthday Dave.) Lots of people don’t realize that I grew up in Texas (did you know that 33.3% of the Foundry Group partners are from Texas?) My parents have been living in Dallas since 1969. I’ve been doing a Storyworth history book with my folks. For my dad’s 21st entry, he told the story of Why We Moved to Dallas. I thought it was delightful a...
Tags: Texas, Boston, New York City, America, Trends, Birthday, Personal, Dave, Queens, Mexico City, Dallas, Johnson, Foundry Group, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dallas Texas, MGH


in which i am a local celebrity

Impudent Strumpet wondered if Allan and I were now locally famous. Well, apparently we are. Things I heard at the library: "I want to do a story on you."The customer who said this is the owner, publisher, writer, and editor of the North Island Eagle, a community newspaper here. Instead of a story about me, I suggested a piece on some of the exciting things going on in our library. She one-upped me: a story about me and an invitation to write a library column. I am thrilled! This is an amazing an...
Tags: Travel, US, Personal, Canada, Allan, Laura K, Life In A Small Town, North Island Eagle, North Island Gazette, Black Press Media, Vancouver Sun the National Post


5 Mental Shifts to Stop Caring What People Think of You

“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.” – Lao Tzu We carefully pick out what we wear to the gym to make sure we look good in the eyes of the other gym goers. We beat ourselves up after meetings running through everything we said (or didn’t say), worried that coworkers will think we aren’t smart or talented enough. We post only the best picture out of the twenty-seven selfies we took and add a flattering filter to get the most likes to prove to ourselves tha...
Tags: Psychology, Values, Personal, Self-help, Opinions, Feelings, Expectations, Judgments, Publishers, Tiny Buddha, Lao Tzu, Portland Maine, Lapsang Souchong, Byron Katie


Raising Teenagers

I started this blog with my mom and sister in June of 2008. I simply can’t believe that we’re going to be celebrating our 11th “birthday” this June. It’s crazy to me! I guess what’s even crazier is that 2 years before that we were blogging on our very first blog PinksandBlues.com. It was (for us) the beginning of the beginning. We started to see the wild west of the interest become this THING that we just couldn’t ignore. The blog for me started as a way to share my life about raising babies an...
Tags: Family, Parenting, Teenagers, Personal, William, Audrey, Audrey McClelland, Ways to Connect