The Work-Life Balance Myth (and other lies we tell)

Recently a friend of mine paid me a very kind compliment, telling me she admired how I “keep it all together” being a “professional and cooking fantastic meals.”  “How do you do it all?” she asked.  Well, I don’t really.  She was giving me far too much credit.  I love to cook, so I frequently … Continue reading The Work-Life Balance Myth (and other lies we tell)

Family Notes: Traveling With Teens

As the teen years come to a close in the Goodaker Family, I’ve been reminiscing on vacations past, the good, the bad, the ugly, and those we never took.  There really weren’t any ugly vacations per se, just some ugly moments now and then (like when Montezuma's Revenge hit Child #2 in Cancun, or when … Continue reading Family Notes: Traveling With Teens

On Becoming an Empty Nester Part 2: Pass the Tissues

I have two adult children.  It sounds so weird when I say it out loud.  For some reason, in my mind college wasn’t that long ago, when in reality, that time period was well over 20 years ago.  My husband and I have been married for 22 years, our oldest child is 20 and her … Continue reading On Becoming an Empty Nester Part 2: Pass the Tissues

On Becoming an Empty Nester Part 1

And just like that, our second daughter graduated from high school. I don’t know how exactly to describe the feeling, I guess because it was lots of different feelings all rolled into one.   I felt so proud – proud of her for achievements, proud of the fact that she graduated with honors while holding down … Continue reading On Becoming an Empty Nester Part 1