Quiz: Are you a dog or a cat?

Quiz: Are you a dog or a cat?

Quiz: Are you a dog or a cat? And what that says about you. I took a quiz and you can too in a minute. Turns out, if you are a dog it appears that you are a people pleaser, people don’t take you seriously and you have attention deficit of some kind and possibly...
My Beautiful Empty Nest is Magically Full

My Beautiful Empty Nest is Magically Full

My nest is empty. Here’s the thing. I wish I had a file cabinet where I’d kept the years memorialized in flat-manilla folders. After the documented year, each tab would have a clever label for quick reference and future nostalgia. 1982-The Nanny Diaries....
I Can’t Commit to Things I’m Not Committed To

I Can’t Commit to Things I’m Not Committed To

I can’t commit to things I’m not committed to.  I heard myself say this recently while giving a talk on Feeling Good Even When Totally Stressed at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Women’s Leadership Conference. I’d never uttered these words before but an audience...
Six Things I Learned About Grief

Six Things I Learned About Grief

I learned a bunch of stuff this month. 6 Things to be exact. I hope you didn’t notice that I missed the January email. On the other, I kind of hope you did. Maybe you missed a word or two from me. Many of you know my dad died very unexpectedly and we moved my mother...
No More Secrets. Read Mine Here

No More Secrets. Read Mine Here

No more secrets you guys. You know how they say if you’re not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem? Well, I’m part of the problem. So, no more secrets. What’s your problem this month, Ann? (that’s my negative self-talk chiming in. She’s not very nice...
We should talk. Don’t worry we’re not breaking up.

We should talk. Don’t worry we’re not breaking up.

We should talk. Don’t worry we’re not breaking up. Backstory: Many of you know I teach stress management (ok dad, stop laughing). I spent my career studying anxiety and depression so, it stands to reason that I have it pretty much figured out. (Dad, what did I just...