Reflections on 9/11/07

Alexia Uncategorized

I did not live in New York on 9/11/01. At the time, I had just broken up with my boyfriend of two years and was in the midst of launching a nonprofit girls’ leadership after-school program. Like many Americans, in the weeks following the tragedy, I conceded to my desire to watch the news incessantly, made sure I said “I …

The Benefits of Vacationing Close to Home

Alexia Uncategorized

Rather than traveling together to our respective homes in Anchorage and Seattle, my partner Steve and I opted to spend our summer vacation in the Greater New York and New Jersey area. And despite some unsavory weather, most of the week we were forced to tromp through rain and substitute our bathing suits for rain jackets and boots, we had …

If You Cannot Control It, Let It Go

Alexia Coaching, Happiness

I have now been without home mail service for 4 days. I have made two face-to-face visits to my local post office, called the USPS customer service line, and even left a friendly note for my mail carrier on the outside of my mailbox. I spent a good 2/3 of today, a day I earmarked for relishing my new MacBook, …

Relishing the Afterglow

Alexia Uncategorized

As I prepare to reenter student mode next week, for I am attending a one-week coaching intensive, I have been dutifully setting time aside for completing my pre-workshop work. I’ve been asked by the workshop facilitators to identify 4 or 5 challenges or goals that I would like to work through during my time in Portland. And I’m a bit …

A Little Birthday Eve Waxing

Alexia Uncategorized

One should never move too close to her birthday! Both events have a tendency to make one, at least me, reflect a bit too deeply on all that has transpired in one’s life thus far. And conceding to this double dose of introspection, well, has left me feeling a bit like a walking Oprah episode sans the tissue. Fortunately, I …

Soul Food from the Kids

Alexia Teaching

I discourage teaching on Mondays in the Spring semester of a year. Between Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, bizarre public school spring breaks that span over a week, one feels like s/he is never with her students. I’ve really felt disconnected from many of my babes this year for this very reason. Just as we begin to let …