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So We’re Going on a Journey…

In two days, the Temples will crowd our essential belongings into the Honda and begin an eleven-day journey across the country. Our destination? La Jolla, California. Crowdsourced selection, of course, suggested by a preponderance of our Facebook friends. An ideal sabbatical location, I thinkhope.

Our destination

We’ll be leaving behind our dogs (don’t worry, we have a house/dog sitter and knew that Travis and Ty wouldn’t enjoy the trip), our friends, and our “normal.” Our kids will start at a new school and John and I will dive into new writing projects. I’m finishing up an academic book and hoping to spend most of my work hours writing about professional women and their work/life struggles. John has a new non-fiction book up his sleeve. And we both want to learn to surf. Seriously.

The weather should be great and I’ve never lived so close to the beach. It seems a little crazy, but also really right. I’m drawing my courage from the women of Good Enough Is the New Perfect, who taught me that it’s okay to take a leap of faith. I’ll write a bit about our adventure here — hope you’ll join me for the ride.

In the meantime, happy holidays to everyone who has supported us over the years. It’s a gift that I’ll pay forward in whatever way I can. Looking forward (honestly, not just saying it) to 2013!

 

What’s the Best Gift You Can Give this Holiday Season?

Happy December! In this new piece for the Learning Care Group, I dug deep and discovered that the gifts of unconditional love and acceptance would top my boys’ lists this season (even if they don’t know it). The piece was inspired by Dr. Brene Brown‘s new book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead. I’d love to hear you thoughts on it!

How Will You Stay Sane This Holiday Season?

I love the holidays, but like many moms, they can stress me out. In a piece I wrote for the Learning Care Group, I share some of my favorite tips for remaining calm during the holiday season. One reminder that works for the holidays, and every day: Breathe! What’s your best tip?

Clogged Pipeline: Women Aren’t Choosing Law School

Here’s Hollee’s latest from the ABA Journal, on why women are choosing careers other than law. Statistics show that the number of women entering law school has been on the decline over the last decade, and at some schools, women are  fewer than 40 percent of entering classes.

Lawyer-moms often tell us that law is one of the most difficult professions for work/life balance. Do you agree?

Hollee to Speak in Columbia, Missouri

Calling all Good Enough Is the New Perfect fans in the Mizzou area! Hollee will be speaking at The Women’s Network luncheon meeting on Oct. 18 and would love to meet you in person. Details are available here.

Good Enough Is the New Perfect in the Washington Post

Check out this new article about Good Enough Is the New Perfect and  interview with Hollee in the Washington Post’s On Parenting blog!