Monthly Archives: March 2013

Giving up Starbucks: Not as easy as it looks

I had my last Caramel Macchiatto on Ash Wednesday. I decided to give up my beloved Starbucks hand-crafted beverages up for Lent. Oooooh, I knew it was going to be hard. I wasn’t even sure I could do it. But I was going to try. I was going to make a choice every day to sacrifice this indulgent want and replace it with longing and without. And I was going to make myself OK with that.

Easier said than done.

starbucks coffee

It was a crushing blow to lose my Mayor status on Foursquare of my Starbucks hangout. It was hard to order an herbal tea while watching the barista whip up a delicious coffee-based beverage for another patron. But I soldiered on. I told myself I had made a commitment and I was not going to waver. I was going to be steadfast and torture myself with a little bit of longing and yearning. It’s good sometimes to give up something you love so much just to see if its absence makes any noticeable difference in your life, ya know?

And now, with Easter on the horizon my Starbucks cravings are soon to be satisfied again. I’m choosing to spend these next couple of weeks thinking about what going without really means, what is a need versus a want, and how to be mindful of what I spend and put in my cup.

Have you ever tried to give something up? Was it hard? Easy? Did you succeed or fail?

Traveling Mama

It can be so hard to be a mama who has to travel for business. I mean, yes, there’s the room service, maid service, and the quiet.

But missing my hubby and kids is tough on my psyche. I always feel I’m missing out on something at home. But then if I didn’t travel for business I’d have no business. It’s a catch-22.

What I do love about traveling for business is pitching new business and getting it. I love showing my children how a mama can do it all–be at home when she wants to, works when she wants to, and make a life for her family with the support and love of her husband and family.

mama suitcase

On International Women’s Day I think it’s so important we celebrate our choices, our strengths, and how we can support each other to become whatever we want to be.

So I’ll finish my business trip, pack my bags, and rush back home to the four beautiful people who drive me to succeed and dream bigger everyday.