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MY YEAR OF WHITTLING

Kelly Fredrickson

May 22, 2019

The Rosoff Awards were created by Arnold Rosoff 23 years ago when he retired from the agency that he had created.  He wanted to inspire change in our advertising community and he imagined that there would come a day when we wouldn't need to have a night to honor and ta...

September 30, 2018

October is a month of triggers for me.  It has always been the month when I find it the hardest to balance work and home, it's the month when I storm around a lot, angrily stomping my feet and shaking my head.  The newness of September has worn off, the weather gets da...

April 23, 2018

My good friend Maria Sirois Psy. D.  is an inspirational speaker and resilience expert who wisely says,

"No is a sentence, learn how to use it."   

Like everything else that is worthwhile to do, it is great in theory but hard in practice.  During My Year of Whi...

April 15, 2018

That was the goal.  50 half-marathons in 50 states by the time she was 50.  When Sue Ledwith challenged herself to it she was 45 and she completed all 50 states by the time she was 47.  Three years earlier than she expected.I am so grateful to Sue for letting me share...

April 9, 2018

My Mom makes her own bread. 

Every Sunday she makes four loaves. 

Our house has always smelled like bread when it just comes out of the oven. To me, it’s the smell of comfort and calm.  It’s the smell of home.  For as long as I can remember our house has always...

February 3, 2018

If I think about the times when I have wanted to make a change in my life – when I have come to a point where I know in my heart – this can be different than it is, I can be better; I  start by thinking that I have to do it ALL AT ONCE.  I kick off my new bettering pro...

January 20, 2018

"Self care is never a selfish act, it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others.  Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives...

December 24, 2017

 For the past 5 years, I have been making and sharing what I call Gratitude Jars with my family and friends.   I have learned that having a daily practice of gratitude helps to raise or restore my well being.  Even on the crappiest day, if I take the time to press paus...

December 10, 2017

We lived across the street from the ocean, the only thing separating our house from the waves was a small street, a 2’ foot sea wall and a pile of large rocks anchoring the wall.   I didn’t know the rocks were there to protect me from the ocean’s storms, they were my p...

September 3, 2017

Dear Maria,

I have loved you since the moment you came home to us from Colombia. I have laughed and cried with you. I have watched you outrun and outplay everyone you competed against. I was witness at your wedding and celebrated the adoption of your two sons and their...

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