Be passionate. Be purposeful. Find peace.

plunge in

Are you aching to create the life you really want?

Do you need time and guidance to really help you breathe, think, dream, and plan for your best life?

Do you want to feel invigorated, encouraged, inspired, focused, clear, committed, and authentic?

Does having someone in your corner raise your sense of accountability and possibility while bringing out your best?

Could you use help in creating a step by step action plan for the future of your choosing?

Are you ready to make this year YOUR year?

…then a Passion. Purpose. Plunge retreat (there are virtual and in person options!) may be just the thing for you.

And good news:  I am starting to work on my summer schedule and have figured out that I have room for seven more retreats.  Summer has always been a really productive time for me and I imagine that I am not alone so I am offering a Passion. Purpose. Plunge special until May 15th or the seven sessions are booked (whichever comes first).  Curious about what is in store?  Read on!   

What is a Passion. Purpose. Plunge retreat?

A powerful three step retreat process* that is guided by your wants, needs, and dreams.  

Together, during a pre-retreat Vision Session, we’ll identify what it is you most need to live with passion, purpose, and deep self-acceptance so that you can create an incredibly satisfying life that allows you to authentically be yourself.  Then, I’ll personally design a retreat just for you that allows you to creatively and thoughtfully move through your fears and challenges, claim your dreams, and step into the life you are meant to be living.  During the retreat, we spend three or six hours in thoughtful, deep, guided conversation that illuminates what you are after and how to get there and then we create a thoughtful action plan that will get you there.  Finally, about a month after your retreat, we reconnect in a post-retreat Shine session where we reflect on how things are going and tweak anything that needs adjusting.  Throughout this process, I am just an email away for any problem solving, processing, or celebrating.

What do we do during the three or six hour retreat?  

We spend our time together really filtering out the excess noise and identifying and embracing what is most true for you in how to live authentically and create the life you want.  You will claim what you want your impact to be right now and come to understand how to live in a way that aligns with who and how you most want to be.  We will examine your self-care and help you more deliberately embrace self-acceptance so that you are your best ally and not your biggest foe.  You will articulate your wants and needs and then create an action plan that claims your vision and allows you to create it at a pace that is right for you.  Ultimately, you will leave your retreat with a sense of confidence in what you uniquely offer the world, the ability to articulate it, and a vision for how to live on purpose.  You will feel invigorated, optimistic, and focused and have a clear action plan on how to move forward in an authentic, whole-hearted way.

*the Peace retreat is not a three-part process.  Read more about it below!

What are my options?  

There are three options for a Passion. Purpose. Plunge retreat.  

The Peace experience is a 90 minute one-on-one session done over Skype (this is a contained session and does not include the one hour pre-planning phone call or post-retreat vision session) where  we’ll examine a smaller question or issue and apply some creative problem solving to it so that you come away with powerful solution for your situation and an action plan to guide you forward.  The Passion experience can work for a personal or professional question and is ideal for a small challenge— you are launching a new project and want to fine-tune or trouble shoot it, you are working on your self-care and want help writing a wellness prescription and putting it into practice, you want to work through a specific issue at work.

Normally $150 NOW $100 until May 15th or sessions sell out  

The Passion experience is a 5 hour one-on-one retreat experience that can be offered in person if you are local to Charlotte, NC or over Skype if you are not. The half-day retreat consists of a pre-retreat vision workbook, a one hour pre-retreat phone/Skype session, a three hour one-on-one retreat, a one hour post-retreat follow-up session via phone or Skype, an action plan that will guide your post-retreat plans, and email support during the period contracted.

Normally $500.  Now $425 until May 15th or sessions sell out    

The Purpose experience consists of an 8 hour experience: a pre-retreat workbook, a one hour pre-retreat vision session, a six hour in-person retreat at a farm outside Charlotte, NC, a one hour post-retreat follow-up session, an action plan that will guide your post-retreat plans, and email support during the period contracted.

Normally $800. Now $700 until May 15th or sessions sell out 

What have others said?  

I did an in-person Passion. Purpose. Plunge retreat with Rosie because I’d attended several of her VisionSPARK events and the outcome was always more than a good feeling. Time spent with Rosie is warm and supportive, but it’s also PRODUCTIVE. I knew I would leave my retreat with a clear action plan, timeline, and clearly articulated goals, not to mention fresh motivation to accomplish them. Rosie quickly and precisely narrows down what someone needs to be successful in personal or professional endeavors and then draws a map for how to get there. A retreat with Rosie was an investment in my success and happiness with immediate and measurable results.   Michelle Icard 

Signing up for a Passion. Purpose. Plunge. retreat is one of the best decisions I’ve made all year. Rosie created a thorough and thoughtful program that helped me identify personal and professional goals and develop a comprehensive plan for achieving them. During the retreat, Rosie created opportunities that stretched my beliefs about what is possible, allowing me to dream big — and she provided the support to help me reach the goals we set together. I left the retreat feeling invigorated and inspired. Less than 48 hours after the Passion. Purpose. Plunge retreat, I’d introduced a new program and got immediate results. I’ll be signing up for another retreat very soon! Jodi Helmer

If I could describe my PPP retreat experience in one word, it would be REJUVENATING. Rosie has a great mix of wonderful, whimsical enthusiasm and specific, organized planning. These came together to create a plan for my upcoming year that excites me and challenges me. It’s no longer a clump of vague ideas wrestling with each other, but a set plan that purposefully moves me forward and offers many opportunities for growth and new experiences. It was great to talk about my desires and hopes and have someone listen and forge them into something attainable, someone to remind me that a lot is in my hands – for one, how I face and treat each day. Having Rosie as a mentor is refreshing and life-giving. From the food provided to the exercises of discernment and planning we did, I felt taken care of and listened to. It was great to be able to step back from my assumptions of what society thinks I should do with my life and think about what I actually want to do. No matter where you are or what you’re looking for in life, Rosie will provide a safe space and affirming ways to go forward. You won’t regret a PPP retreat. Claire Asbury

Rosie has the unique gifts of wisdom, discipline, focus and fun which makes her retreat valuable on every level. I came into the coaching confused and left my first session with clarity, focus, practical plans and a sense that my life contains infinite possibility undergirded by a solid strategy. AND I had a wonderful time! Ruth Pittard 

Want one of those seven spots?  

To schedule a one-on-one experience, email me at rosiemolinary at gmail dot com.  If you are eager to claim your truth and create the life of your imagining, it would be my great honor to partner with you in realizing your possibilities.

Finding Your People

strategies for finding your people

We have all had that moment, whether it was at a play date, in book club, at a volunteer opportunity, or in a meeting, where someone across the room speaks and we are overcome with a feeling of recognition.  She gets me, you think.  She is my person! 

One of the cornerstones to having a sense of wellbeing and pushing ourselves toward growth is spending time with our people.  At the Women + Girl’s Research Alliance Summit, I moderated a panel called Finding Your People where Nancy McNelis, Whitni Wertz, and Sara-Marie Miller and I shared our thoughts on how to find more of your people to support you on your journey.  Here are a few suggestions to help you gather more of your people in your corner.

Make it happen.  If your world doesn’t have enough of the type of support you need, do not be afraid to create what you need.  Are you a new to a city?  A new stepmother?  At a new job?  Don’t wait for someone to come to you.  Put yourself out there.  Ask a co-worker out to lunch.  Start a book club.  Look for a meet-up group.  Don’t be afraid to create what you need.

Do something that sparks your passion.  If you aren’t finding your people in your world, engage in something that you love doing, that lights you up.  Sign up for a class, look for a meet-up group, volunteer.  It’s highly likely you will find connection in these spots.

Look for people who motivate you.  As you look for your people, don’t just look for people who are similar to you or who are exactly where you are in life.  Look for people who are where you want to be, who inspire you in some way, who help you to not settle.

Practice connection karma.  When you meet someone and a flash of recognition comes to you—she and Tracy would love each other!- make the introduction.  Some of “my people” have come to me through such thoughtful introductions and so I try to do the same as well.     

What have been your strategies for finding your people?  

Friday Reflections


Every Friday, I reflect on the week that has just passed by doing a little senses exercise.  This practice is a gentle, easy way to tune into how we are doing, what we are experiencing, and what we are grateful for while more acutely tuning into our senses.  It’s a whole heart exercise with plenty of bodily input, if you will.  Because this practice has been so good for me, I want to encourage you to do it, too.  Building some gentle reflection into our weeks is a nice way to stay grounded while maintaining some big picture perspective.  So please join me in this week’s Friday Reflections (with each sense as your inspiration, consider how experiencing it impacted your week).

Here is my sensory round-up for this week:
tasting ::  homemade coffee cake, scrambled eggs split with Happy for breakfast, meatloaf, roasted chicken with ratatouille, chicken salad and lots and lots of cucumbers

hearing ::  incredible wisdom shared formally and informally at the Women + Girls Alliance Research Summit, Do You Want to Build A Snowman and Let It Go as Happy watched Frozen over and over again on a half-way cross the country road trip we took

smelling ::  the very distinctness of farm air when cows and horses are hanging out nearby

seeing ::  crappie, bass, and sunfish during a mid-morning fishing session on a lazy weekend morning (we really did go fishing!), glass eyes on a sweet old horse, snapping turtles and coyotes wandering the hills, gorgeous country side as we drove across Kentucky and Missouri, fuchsia and purple sunsets in Missouri, snow in mid-April

feeling ::  grateful for sweet, meaningful time with my family and my very fun college roommates.  From night swimming in a hotel pool to dozens of practice round Easter Egg hunts, a good time was had on our Spring Break.

wishing/hoping ::  for an easy transition back into work/school for me and Happy

What about you?  What were your sensational experiences this week?  Please share!

This post was inspired by Teacher Goes Back to School who was inspired by Pink of Perfection’s Five Sense Friday.

Plugging into community


On Friday, I attended the Women + Girls Research Alliance Summit.   I am honored to be on the advisory council for the Alliance, and, every two years, after conducting empirical research around important issues impacting women and girls in Charlotte, the Alliance hosts a Summit to present the findings and to galvanize energy in the community around these issues.  The Summit brings together a diverse community of interested individuals to provoke insight, advocacy, and activism.  The day of conversation inspired me in many different ways including ideas for the next few blog posts.

Today’s blog post comes from a very specific question asked during the panel I moderated, Finding Your People.  A woman who is relatively new to Charlotte asked about how she could find a way to serve as a board member on a non-profit as she had really enjoyed that work in her last community but hadn’t found a way to have that experience yet in Charlotte.  As someone who feels that part of the way that I live my purpose is by deliberately engaging in my community, as someone who has loved being a part of non-profit boards, and as someone who now leads a non-profit board, this question resonated with me.

Are you looking to play an active role in a community issue of importance to you?

When non-profits talk about needing help, they often talk about three Ts: time, talent, and treasure.  If you’ve got some time and talent you want to share, there are no shortage of non-profits who would welcome your help.  Here are some quick thoughts about how to engage more deeply (quick because, truth be told, I conceived a book on how to become a dynamic activist/advocate a few years ago but tabled the idea for baby raising.  Knowing the ideas I had for that book, I won’t play like this question can be thoroughly answered in just a few words.  But hopefully these words get you started if that is something you are looking to do):

What is calling you?  What issue is most on your mind right now?  What haunts you?  What issue do you want to learn more about or are inclined to speak passionately about when someone brings it up?  When you are looking to engage in a community issue, focus in on what REALLY lights you up.  There are a million things that need doing but if we focus in on what most compels us then we operate with a whole ‘nother level of energy towards it and that usually leads to the most innovative of solutions (and allows us to do energy-building and giving work rather than soul/energy draining work).

 Survey the scene.  There are probably several different options you have to get involved in what catches your eye so you don’t necessarily have to start your own initiative, duplicating efforts and dividing dollars and energy.  If you are new to an area, ask people what they are involved in, what they know about in the areas that interest you or check out organizations like the Hands On Network and Volunteer Match to find experiences that are a fit for you.  Also, attend local summits, roundtables and events where you can meet local leaders, learn about the issues in the community, etc.

Engage.  Once you’ve found an issue area and an organization that interests you, get involved.  If you want to do more or something different from the typical volunteer experience, ask to meet with an organization leader.  In that conversation, share that you would love to teach a financial literacy workshop to high school seniors, make a video to help the nonprofit tell its story, create a volunteer database or whatever concrete skill you have to offer.  And tell them what more you are willing to do.  As the board chair for a non-profit, I’ve had people ask to be more involved and it’s the best moment ever.  Don’t just wait to be asked; offer away!


And if all this talk of sharing your times and talents have you motivated, I hope you’ll consider making a donation to Circle de Luz, the non-profit I chair whose mission is to radically empower young Latinas by supporting their transformation through extensive mentoring, holistic programming and scholarship funds for further education.  Circle de Luz does its work by selecting a small cohort group of Latinas in seventh grade whom we then follow until high school graduation.  During the six years of the program, we offer the girls holistic programming guided by a developmental model with twelve categories and thoughtful group and individual mentoring.  Our developmental model requires that the girls have exposure to programs that support their academic readiness, career awareness, college preparations, personal growth, health and wellbeing, the arts, and more.   In addition, we guarantee each girl a minimum of $5,000 scholarship when she graduates from high school and pursues further education.

While our first class graduates this June, our work isn’t done.  We have three other classes still in our program and are adding a new group of seventh graders this fall.  Soon, we will be recruiting mijas to support that new class, but, for right now, we are working to raise money for our fall programming through our annual Run Big Dream Big experience—where our girls train for and run a 5k alongside volunteers/supporters.  My goal is to raise $1400 with this year’s run, enough to cover one full year of programming for one of our four classes. Can you help these young women  have an incredible year filled with summer reading, college tours, workshops on financial literacy, photography skills, writing, personal planning, internet safety and decorum, teen health, nutrition, dating, career awareness and more?  Every dollar has an impact! 

Gone Fishing


Friday Reflections


Every Friday, I reflect on the week that has just passed by doing a little senses exercise.  This practice is a gentle, easy way to tune into how we are doing, what we are experiencing, and what we are grateful for while more acutely tuning into our senses.  It’s a whole heart exercise with plenty of bodily input, if you will.  Because this practice has been so good for me, I want to encourage you to do it, too.  Building some gentle reflection into our weeks is a nice way to stay grounded while maintaining some big picture perspective.  So please join me in this week’s Friday Reflections (with each sense as your inspiration, consider how experiencing it impacted your week).

Here is my sensory round-up for this week:
tasting ::  vegetable soup, baked squash chips, sweet potato hash with a soy honey sauce, strawberry shortcake cheesecake, a perfect avocado, a sweet and crisp honey crisp apple, hummus

hearing ::  squeals of delight during Happy’s soccer practice, lots of funnies from Happy including the fact that he is changing his name to Jog because he doesn’t like to write lower case As

smelling ::  coconut body butter that I dragged back out in order to coax more spring (but not too much, I am not calling for summer!) out

seeing ::  aqua blue toe nails, baby blue skies, new eggplant purple leaves on our Smoke tree, gorgeous flowers with cherry blossom branches in a bouquet that Happy and BF gave me, dozens of plastic Easter eggs hidden over and over again inside and outside our house because Easter Egg hunts never get old

feeling ::  excited about Spring Break and slowing down for a little bit to enjoy hanging with my darling boy

wishing/hoping ::  good health for those I love and care about who are facing wellness challenges

What about you?  What were your sensational experiences this week?  Please share!

This post was inspired by Teacher Goes Back to School who was inspired by Pink of Perfection’s Five Sense Friday.

5 steps to confidence

confidence and vulnerability

How can I appear more confident, a nervous woman asks me.

At a time like this, it would be easy to tell her to fake it until she makes it, but what she is telling me, I can see with her eyes and body language, is that she doesn’t even know how to fake it.  Her sense of defeat is palpable.  What she needs isn’t a dear but sometimes hard to pull off crucible.  What she needs is to know how to become more confident so she doesn’t have to worry about being ‘found out’.  Because this one nervous woman is not alone, here are five ways to increase your confidence.

Get to know yourself.  Want to exude self-love? Spend time figuring out who you are and what you are about.  Journal.  Have long conversations with loved ones.  Take assessments like Strengthsfinder 2.0. Spend time with yourself.  In order to celebrate what it is you have to offer, you have to know exactly who you are.  Don’t dodge introspection; knowing yourself is the foundation for confidence.

Offer your best stuff.  People become known for things, and it is often that recognition that breeds confidence.  Sally is a computer wizard.  Tasha works numbers like magic.  Lorenzo knows just how to pitch an idea.  What is your best stuff?  Whether it is your roast chicken or your ability to organize any space, offer your special gifts to others and see your confidence soar.

Push yourself.  While it is great to have a skill or two to really embrace, it is also important to keep growing.  At a new job years ago, I quickly realized that my co-workers already had my go to skills- creativity and big picture thinking- in spades.  How can I best help my team, I wondered.  What we needed was a details person. I became a details person to help that team.  Teams I am on now just assume that is always how I have been.  The reality is that confidence ultimately comes from proof, from your belief in yourself that you have something worth giving and can figure it out.  Have at it.

But know when to defer.  While there are some things you can quite adequately or even sensationally learn, there are other things you should just let go and give to someone else who can shine in that area.  Despite my efforts, I will never be a technological wizard. One way to insure I feel badly about myself is to attempt to update my web-page.  I bypass the personal angst, though, and turn it over to my brilliant web designer.  Skip the stuff that is just going to make you beat yourself up. It’s not worth the blow.         

Don’t worry about being infallible.  So often, we want confidence because we want to be impenetrable.  But confidence doesn’t mean we’re bullet-proof.  It simply means we know what we have to offer and that if we run into something we can’t handle, we know how to ask for help.  Confidence isn’t the absence of vulnerability.  It is the ability to stand in vulnerability but to say I am still worth believing in.  At the most, I can do this; at the very least, I will try.  Confidence is about being real.  If you are scared, nervous, excited, or anything else, say it.  Claiming our whole selves is actually the surest cornerstone to confidence.

Feel what you feel

Julie Hall

On Friday, my Body Image class had the privilege of being joined by Julie Hall, the Founder of the HOPE Program at the Harris YMCA in Charlotte that aims to helps it participants gain insight into their relationship with emotional eating, and KT Champion, one of the program’s participants.   They powerfully talked about their body image journeys and the wisdom they have gained from their experiences.  I’ve had Julie and KT come to class now for at least 5 years and every single visit is unique and powerful, with a new message that stays in my head long after we all walk out of class together.

This past Friday, Julie talked about choosing to put away the battle with one’s body.  Her turning point, she said, was when she realized that her feelings were not meant to destroy her.

“Feelings are given to us to tell us what we need.  The more we ignore them, the more they come out in another way,” she shared.

We all know this intellectually, don’t we?

Too often we choose to push past our feelings, often to a “business as usual” type pace, in the hopes that those feelings don’t get in our way.

But Julie is right.  Feelings don’t evaporate when ignored.  They just present another way.  They manifest into something else, still demanding attention.  And so we deal with the symptom:  the stomachache, the migraine, the nausea, the breakout, etc.  But we still don’t deal with the cause until the message keeps piling up, as life will do, and we are finally forced to learn the lesson we were meant to learn at a point where it has become an even more painful lesson then we would have realized if we had just stopped and acknowledged, observed, and learned from the feeling far earlier in the cycle.

Life really does keep handing us the lesson we need to learn until we learn it.  Ignore the lesson and it doesn’t go away.  The volume just keeps getting turned up until we are too uncomfortable to ignore it any longer.

What is it that you have been feeling lately?  What situations, experiences, choices have brought you to those feelings?  Have you learned everything those feelings have to teach you?  What more do they have to offer you?  How much more attention do these feelings honestly need from you?  How can you do yourself the best possible service by honoring, listening to, and acting from them?

In graduate school, I discovered Mary Oliver ( I was a student of poetry and non-fiction).  When I came across the poem Wild Geese, I had to resist the urge to look around to see if Mary Oliver was right there peering into my soul as she wrote,

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.

I remember my fingers lifting to my lips in awe of the gorgeous truth of those opening lines.  Still now, those words get me every time.  But today, I want to add just one more thought to them:

You only have to let the soft animal of your body feel what it feels.  

We spend so much time hiding from what we feel because we fear it might crush us.  What I have learned from my own lifetime of dodging feelings (and constant recovery from dodging feelings) is this:  it is not the feeling that will crush us.  It is our denial of it.

Friday Reflections


Every Friday*, I reflect on the week that has just passed by doing a little senses exercise.  This practice is a gentle, easy way to tune into how we are doing, what we are experiencing, and what we are grateful for while more acutely tuning into our senses.  It’s a whole heart exercise with plenty of bodily input, if you will.  Because this practice has been so good for me, I want to encourage you to do it, too.  Building some gentle reflection into our weeks is a nice way to stay grounded while maintaining some big picture perspective.  So please join me in this week’s Friday Reflections (with each sense as your inspiration, consider how experiencing it impacted your week).

Here is my sensory round-up for this week:

tasting ::  mushroom ragu over pasta, black bean burger with avocado, vegetable soup, chicken salad sandwich, cream of mushroom soup, lemon custard   PS: this was one of the best weeks for tasting in a long time as I was invited to have lunch at Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte where the French Cuisine Food Lab prepared an elaborate lunch for us.

hearing ::  a medley of songs over You Tube like Ain’t No Sunshine, Hallelujuah, Rumor Has It, Someone Like You while playing Uno as a family after dinner

smelling ::  spring: the brightness of cut grass, the pungency of some little weeds flowers that Happy picked in our yard


seeing ::  a gap in Happy’s mouth as he is now down two front teeth (and five teeth overall), cousins, the SUN, a little baby bunny in my neighbor’s garden, Babe the movie during family movie night (the last Friday night of each month), and Flat Stanley as he came to visit for a few days

feeling ::  touched by my sweet students’ honest journeys for self-awareness as I read their journals, so grateful for the wash of sunshine we have enjoyed this week

wishing/hoping ::  for a feeling of internal balance during an April that will be jam packed with grading as the semester ends, a little bit of travel, and lots of Circle de Luz needs (events, fundraising, and planning for next week).

What about you?  What were your sensational experiences this week?  Please share!

This post was inspired by Teacher Goes Back to School who was inspired by Pink of Perfection’s Five Sense Friday.

*Friday Reflections has been on a partially unintended hiatus.  While I meant to take February off so that I could get in all the Shine posts that I had planned, I also ended up taking March off because my camera broke and because I am not very tech savvy, I totally forgot about my phone camera.  I am using my phone camera now but they aren’t the best shots– sorry for the poor quality!  I’ll share FR as often as I have images, but it may be sporadic depending on photo quality.

10 Things I Loved in March 2014

Display of paint brushes

At the end of each month, I take stock of the previous month.  What went well?  What did I learn?  What brought me a simple joy?  These monthly reports are a way to encourage myself to take delight in the littlest of things.  I find that Ten Things I Loved allows me to always see the silver lining, even when there are hard moments in a month.  And taking joy in the simple things is paramount to how I want to live, making 10 things an invaluable tool for me.  Here’s this month’s simple pleasures.

Professionalish things

1.  Circle de Luz Milestones and Moments.  This has been such a special year for Circle de Luz.  We hired our first staffer, a program manager, last April and we have realized so many wonderful goals during this time.  We are adding a new class this fall, our first class is graduating from high school this June and they are starting to receive college acceptances and scholarship offers, we are having really meaningful conversations with all sorts of potential partners and it is such a gift to watch all of our young women– from seventh grade to seniors- grow!  

Every spring, Circle de Luz supporters, our participants, and some of their family members all run a 5k together.  This year, we are celebrating Run Big DreamBig V.  We also use Run Big Dream Big as a fundraiser for Circle de Luz and typically raise about 10% of our yearly operating budget with this fundraiser.     My goal this year is to personally raise $1000 for Circle de Luz.

2.  Inspiration for Women’s History Month!  Hijas Americanas and Beautiful You are both published by Seal Press, a women’s press dedicated to publishing books that will change a woman’s life.  I love being a Seal Press writer and was so excited to participate in this video celebrating Women’s History Month by having SP authors share their favorite quotes.  Some inspiration for your journey!

3.  Spark Your Systems!  I’ve been asked to do a workshop like this for years and finally did it.  Though it was pouring outside, we were VERY productive inside and everyone left with a system in place for managing their wants and needs.  Loved this comment from the evaluations:

This workshop was the spark I have been searching for… I thought I was getting myself organized over and over again, and couldn’t figure out why it never worked. The fact is, I was operating without a system – turns out simply straightening up piles of paper doesn’t really help to prioritize projects or get you moving forward in a doable fashion. This system of Rosie’s really works and taking time for the weekly review is invaluable. I have been to other Rosie workshops and loved them – they have helped me to create a focus, to determine a direction and most importantly have helped me say no, realizing that the other person’s emergency is not necessarily my emergency – all of which has given me more time to focus on actions and projects important to me, my family and my business. This SPARK your Systems workshop was the piece I was missing – its the one that helped the most in terms of getting all of my stuff in one place and then having a plan of action that is really doable with almost instant results. If you feel as if all your balls are up in the air, this is the workshop that will help to keep your rhythm going so that nothing falls through the cracks. This system is manageable, easily adapted to any profession, and insures that every project, big or small, gets equal time. I’ve used the book of lists we set up in the workshop every day since – and have just finished my first weekly review planning session – so far so good. Best part is I am getting work and home things done, crossing things off the list, adding on new projects and am still able to plan time for myself! The 3 hours of workshop time has proved to be invaluable in terms of a hands-on experience. Pair that with all the little tips and tricks Rosie shared for making it all work during the workshop; and blog posts she shared after and you’ve got great follow up. I would and will recommend the SPARK your systems workshop to everyone I know – I feel like a new person! ~Heidi Billotto, Charlotte Culinary Expert            

4.  Hearing Kelly Corrigan speak.   Kelly Corrigan is the author of The Middle Place, Lift, and now Glitter and Glue and I adore her and her writing.  I mean total fan girl, not even going to lie adore.  When I read her books, I am torn between whether or not I most wish I could write like her, be her best friend, or actually be her.  So, when a good friend who shares my Corrigan fan girl tendencies saw that Kelly was coming to Charlotte, we decided to make a night out of it.  I’ve seen Kelly speak before and she was just as fabulous– funny and tender and thoughtful.  Read her books.  Hear her speak.  Warm your heart.

Personal things  

Rosie Lylen Richardon Hall

5.  Time with a dear friend.  One of my college roommates came to the east coast for a work conference and stayed for a couple days so that we could have some time together.  There’s just nothing like time with someone who knows you so well.

6.  Low dairy.  You might remember that one of my goals this year was to get a handle on my incessant sinus infections.  During my last spat of sinus infections, I sent out an SOS.  A few friends responded with “is it dairy?” and, dang, if I didn’t realize that it could very well be dairy given my diet (greek yogurt with berries for breakfast, ice cream for dessert ALOT) the week before the sinus infection started.  And so I, though I have declared several times that I could not be a vegan BECAUSE of my love for dairy, have gone low dairy.  No yogurt, ice cream or wedges of cheese as a snack since I made the observation.  Though I haven’t given up my love of milk chocolate yet, I have a lot less shall we say drainage and less drainage will hopefully mean less sinus infections.

7.  Books on CD.  I’ve got a long commute to the university and, over the years, audiobooks have been the most incredible tool for painlessly navigating the roads.  Except for whatever reason, it took me two months this semester to get back to audiobooks in the car.  Now, a couple mysteries completed, I am hooked again.  Thank you, Harlan Coben and A.S.A Harrison.


8.  A trip to see the cousins.  Really, is there anything else to say?  Well, I will tell you this.  There was a puddle- a big, deep puddle though you can’t tell that so much from this picture and in a game of “jump the creek”, Happy took a swim or three.        

9.  Property Brothers.  I just discovered Property Brothers this month and I cannot get enough of these renovation projects.  My favorite Saturday chore TV.


10.  Leg Braces.  We found out last fall that Happy needed leg braces to help correct some anatomical challenges.  As we prepared for the braces– getting molds of his legs made, getting fitted, going to physical therapy a couple times a week, talking about when he would be wearing his braces and why he needed them, etc.- we weren’t sure how he would take to the braces.  But at the beginning of March, he finally got those specialty braces, made just for him with fish on them!, and he’s been such a good sport, wearing them for most of each day and feeling very proud of them.  Whew!       

So, what did you love in March?