Category: Leadership

  • Prompts

    Prompts

    Conrad and his dad set forth to write a novel based on a prompt. Each developed it as he saw fit and felt inspired. The novel I translated for Conrad, called Exolegacy, had this prompt of “memory.”   I personally write as I go, living life, inspired to write as my kids ask questions or certain…

  • The youngest as the only child

    The youngest as the only child

    My brother left for college when I was 14. It changed my life. I was the quiet kid, self aware, peacemaker, never getting into trouble, walking lightly through the house. The four years I spent in the home of my parents without a sibling were transformative. I am very grateful for them. This week Ivy…

  • Talent (measurement)

    Talent (measurement)

    The talent (Ancient Greek: τάλαντον, talanton, Latin talentum) was a unit of weight used in the ancient world, often used for weighing gold and silver, but also mentioned in connection with other metals, ivory, and frankincense. One evening I was re-telling the girls, the Bible story with the talents. They asked me what fructifying means, putting to good use, enhancing, growing,…

  • Integration

    Integration

    It matters how we are perceived in our social contexts, but it matters even more that we understand ourselves, that we know ourselves. I guess the sweet spot is integrating what we know of ourselves with how others see us.  This therapist was discussing with a young girl, who struggled deeply with depression, about her…

  • Listen vs watch

    Listen vs watch

    Be not concerned with the fact that kids don’t seem to listen. Rest assured that they are watching. How did I turn out this way? My parents didn’t over explain things to me. I sometime feel like I grew like a stubborn weed alongside them. Evidently they offered some protection and guidance. But they were…

  • Being enough and anxiety

    Being enough and anxiety

    When you don’t register at a mind and heart level that you are enough, you keep giving to the point of depletion, which state only confirms how limited you are and that in fact you are not enough. But God’s spirit in us is enough. Humility protects us from trying to be more and do…

  • Being an author – International book day

    Being an author – International book day

    Last week Conrad was invited to talk about being an author, how he started, what it entails, and how do authors make money. It was money week at the International school.  Today is international book day and I was invited to Jackie’s class to share about my experience as a book author.  This class loves…

  • Kids speaking up

    Kids speaking up

    I had to return something to decathlon and Jackie needed some new shoes. Sandals we thought. At decathlon they didn’t bring sandals in stock yet so she tried some profesional soccer shoes, with crampons, the kind she would wear only on the field of grass. She is not a professional player. She likes the idea…

  • Dependency and leadership

    Dependency and leadership

    My husband’s biggest fear is my untimely death (before him). He wants us to die at the same time. Or at the very least he wants to go before me. We live in my home country. He is still a temporary resident. That will change this month. But his status has legal repercussions. He is…

  • New challenges. New boundaries.

    New challenges. New boundaries.

    We have experienced first hand how addictive the iPhone can become. When we watched from the sideline the other families, how easily they gave in to kids’ demand of iPads and iPhones, we decided to have a proactive approach and implement boundaries for ourselves first. Conrad has an app limit which he abides by most often. …

  • Reflecting

    Reflecting

    In the heat of the moment I may be witty, and have lots to say. It may be cathartic to dump my thought, to air them out. Alas, there is purpose in writing. I hope to look m back and glean the truth, have an authentic perspective over how things were, and how it happened.…

  • Social engagement for two introverts

    Social engagement for two introverts

    Today Conrad talked about writing books to a class of 11 year old kids. They were engaged, asked great questions, and the hour flew by. It all started with his #Exolegacy book. The teacher bought the book, read it, loved it, and during science fiction week, she told the kids about it. That was last…