Author: Donna Schwartz Mills

Sideswiped!

Our drive up to Sacramento for my sister’s annual family New Year’s Eve gathering was uneventful… …until we got sideswiped by a big semi truck, which decided to change lanes right into us. No one was hurt. The driver moved back into his lane as soon as he made contact with us, and we both pulled over and exchanged information. The truck ripped out our passenger side mirror and the passenger door now makes an ominous creaking noise whenever it is opened or closed. But the bottom line is that we made it to our destination – safe, if...

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ShiftCon: Small Steps to Better Health

Leah Segedie is a force of nature. After helping hundreds of women lose weight through her Mamavation¬†website and programs, she decided to tackle the larger problem of toxins and other substances in our industrialized food chain. The result was the creation of the ShiftCon conference, which held its second annual gathering this past weekend in Manhattan Beach, California. And Leah was kind enough to invite me to take part with a complimentary blogger’s registration. I don’t get out much any longer to events like this. My day job marketing for a local IT company has left me with very...

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When the Cat’s Away…

I’m self-employed. After 16 years of being a stay-at-home, work-at-home mom, I like it that way. I don’t have to face a long commute to an office, wear appropriate business attire, uncomfortable ladies’ shoes or makeup (except on those days when I do have to show my face in public) — and have complete autonomy on the time of day I do my work. At least, that’s the way it appears on paper. In reality: The client that underwrites the bulk of this great lifestyle of mine expects me to be available at all times during business hours. To...

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Stop Telling Me What to Do!

So many posts these days play on people’s fears of doing the wrong thing. Maybe we should stop worrying about what others think. It’s been a long time since I’ve used this space to write. We visited the UK, returned, sent my daughter back to her second semester of college, and just last week brought her back home from Chicago. I enjoyed Passover with my family in Sacramento, and spent another four weeks housebound because I broke another toe on my driving foot. I’ve been working my butt off at my marketing job. And I’m dealing with the shame...

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The Year-End Post

Every January 1, I start the year with so much hope. Every December 31, I cannot wait for the new year to start. 2014 was a difficult 12 months for me. But it was never going to be anything else. The year was dominated by the fact that my baby girl was turning 18, graduating high school and starting college. I would not have had it any other way, but that doesn’t mean that letting go wasn’t hard. This was also the year when I had to face the fact that my good health wasn’t a given. I have...

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