Life After Five
clutter

Lead a Less Cluttered Life

Another season is ending and it’s almost time to dig out your sweaters, pants and tights. That means you might need to dig through that closet and reorganize your possessions. But if you’re anything like me, that’s going ...

meditation

The Case for Meditation

Meditation. The word is everywhere these days. From being a central point in the bestsellerEat, Pray, Love to a recent Oprah Winfrey special on Iowa’s own “meditation town” that my best friend forced me to wat...

compliments

Complimenting Others Will Boost Your Confidence

Confidence. It’s a word that carries a lot of weight. Being confident in yourself, and having others describe you as confident means you are self-assured, likely outgoing, easy to talk to, and respected. It’s a word...


bodyimage

Getting Ahead of Shameful Body Image Thoughts

Body image has been appearing in the work  I’ve been doing lately and as I’ve asked more questions, I’ve uncovered some deep seeded body hating conversations women have been having with themselves and their friends. Body...

decisions

Make the Best Decision for You

When confronting a major decision, you most likely seek an outside opinion first.  You might be considering quitting a job, buying a house or breaking up with a boyfriend.  Naturally, you ask the people who know you best for ...

inflightReading

In Flight Reading

Today, I’m embarking on my first and only vacation of the summer, back to my hometown for my niece’s birthday and my high school reunion. Can I just say a sarcastic, “woo-hoo” about the latter? But despi...


disappointment

Disappointed? Try Again.

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane together. You’re about 16, you have a curfew and you’re late. Your mom or dad is waiting up for you and when you walk in the door, they start the “you missed your curfew” lecture. ...

learning

Make Time for Learning

We’re almost halfway through August and the back-to-school advertisements are playing during every commercial break. In just a couple of weeks, the kids head back to the classroom. Most of you are likely out of school. I have...

friends

4 Ways to Make (and Keep) Friends After College

If you haven’t seen it yet, you will. It’s the New York Times article that has been floating around in all circles nearing or over 30, specifically on Facebook. The article is “Friends of a Certain Age: Why Is...


regret

Regret Minimization Framework

Let me reminisce for a moment – I was a freshman in college. My friends and I had ventured to Mankato, Minnesota to see Kenny Chesney on tour. I’d seen Kenny more than a few times in my young life, so imagine my exc...