Aquatic Austin ~ Paddle your way around the capital city

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My latest in USA Today GoEscape~ first time in Texas/Southwest issue! Read in full: Aquatic Austin – Paddle your way around the capital city, USA Today GoEscape Texas/Southwest.

*Note: photo taken from the good ole days when I lived in Austin, Texas. Skyline has changed since!

Mexico Sans Travel ~ Experience Puerto Morelos flavor without leaving home

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Read in full in USA Today GoEscape Florida/Caribbean 2020: Mexico Sans Travel-Experience Puerto Morelos flavor without leaving home.

To attend our daughter’s wedding, we spent 14-days quarantined in Scotland

C2511FD0-6D96-419C-B0DD-7E36293BE8D8_1_201_a“When the United Kingdom announced a strict 14-day quarantine requirement for international travelers, it was understandably an enormous disincentive to anyone thinking of crossing the pond — unless they were mission-driven, desperate or crazy. We — my husband, 19-year-old son and I — fell solidly into that camp.”

Read in full on The Washington Post Travel.

“I make up to $500/month selling macrame!” Featuring Deb Mellema, Macrame Nest

EDB3EC3F-6C3F-43B9-86F0-F57409E2411E_1_201_aDeb Mellema couldn’t have guessed the craft she loved doing as a teen would provide a creative outlet and cash in her 50s.

“When my 30 year-old daughter said she was excited about this cool new thing she’d seen on Pinterest called ‘macrame’ (a crafting technique that uses knots to create various textiles), it made me laugh because I’d grown up doing it!”

Read my latest lifestyle clip,  all about Deb Mellema’s small business Macrame Nest in full here at Woman’s World July 2020 Deb Mellema, Macrame Nest.

Enjoy The Perfect Picnic With These 5 Things

3C109CA4-21A1-44A4-B06F-6B98528AD187_1_201_aThe simple things can be that much sweeter with the right gear.

The grass and food in the great outdoors — it’s a humble concept, and yet Kate Winslet says going on a picnic is one of the things in the whole world that makes her happiest. Curious?

It’s time to heed summer’s soft call to trade your air-conditioned lair for nature and experience the rejuvenation that comes with placing a tasty spread on a blanket under a tree.

Read in full at AARP The Girlfriend.

How Worry Was Hurting Me And Those I Love Most

4F5A12B4-200D-41D1-94CD-547A2A5F0FACNote: This article was scheduled for today’s publication months ago, well before the world turned upside down with the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike ever before, it’s nearly impossible not to feel the weight of stress and worry bearing down. If you’re like me, there was always “enough” worry to contend with before the pandemic erupted. How much harder it is today to breathe deeply and stay calm while stuck indoors, digesting the daily news and facing the unknowns of coronavirus fallout. This personal story includes wise words from a friend and from a seasoned therapist, but if needed don’t hesitate to call the CDC stress-anxiety hotline for help.

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On social media I recently posted the meme, “Didn’t get much sleep last night but I did get a few solid hours of anxiety in,” followed by a trail of laugh-cry emojis. Many responded, piling on with a lot of LOLs and high-fives, much as I’d encouraged.

But truthfully, I wasn’t laughing on the inside. Worry wasn’t just waking me at night. Its presence was coloring my mood and clouding my judgment about what to say and how to say it. My worry was more than my problem — it was seeping into my family life and poisoning the air. It started innocently enough when my first child was born and intensified as my second appeared.

Read in full on AARP The Girlfriend.