101: Alignment Over Achievement

I’m a recovering over-achiever, so this episode got personal. I literally have to “work” at not overworking! Denise Walsh is like that, too - she is a former clinical psychologist turned multimillionaire mom-preneur. We talk in this...

I Couldn’t Save Her

Today she would be 40. I was going to visit her grave – about 15 minutes from my house – and got too busy. Or maybe I’m just avoiding. I don’t know… I do know that five and a half years after my sister’s suicide,...

Never Enough

The following is some recent correspondence between myself and a high school friend. I share it because the “I’m not doing enough”/ “I can’t get on top of everything that needs to be done” frustration she...

Sobering Stats

Statistics for teen females in the U.S.: Adolescent girls are twice as likely as boys to develop depression (Mayo Clinic Foundation, 2006) 1 in 3 high school girls thinks about suicide at least once in a 2 week period (Best Friends Foundation,...

Missing Shawna

On April 29th, 2005 five years ago today the South Salt Lake Police Department called to inform our family that my sister Shawna’s body had been found in a hotel room – due to an intentional drug overdose. As a family, we sobbed...

Welcome to Earth

Today I learned of the birth of my little “niece”, Brianna Kathleen. I have the niece in quotes because technically she’s not my niece. At least not by traditional familial standards. In my heart, though, she most definitely...

By Her Own Hand

Oh, how my heart aches today for my friend whose 17-year-old daughter just took her own life. Jessica was (is) a beautiful girl with so much love inside, so much kindness and empathy. An empathy born of her own struggles with despair and hopelessness....