Little miracles.

In exactly two weeks today my eldest will be 14 years old. It’s hard to remember where the time’s gone. It feels like it was just the other day that my husband and I made the frantic dash to the hospital and yet here we are today. As I drove home from work yesterday, I couldn’t help but reflect on the miracle that is my son.

Every day I see him making brave, informed choices with clear and thoughtful intent. He’s not afraid to problem solve, seek solutions, ask questions and try new things. He’s not afraid to try and work through issues himself or ask for help when needed. I love that I can see his sense of humor shining through. He makes me laugh, full on belly laugh sometimes with his wit and crazy thoughts. I can see the man he almost is….

When I was his age, I hid behind my mother, afraid to voice my thoughts. Concerned that adults around me wouldn’t listen. Fear held me back from taking on new risks and adventures.How then did I raise a child so confident and sure of himself? Here’s the thing, I believe that I actually learnt from my own inhibitions. As a child, I always wanted my Mom to make the choices for me, to ask my questions out loud and to solve my problems for me. As an adult, I swore, I wouldn’t do those things for my son, unless he got himself into a sticky situation where he needed my adult input.

Working full time in a job that I feel makes a positive difference in the world helps too. Yes, I’m actually saying that working parents can also be good role models! He sees me and my husband working hard, He sees us try and improve ourselves. He listens to us as we work through our problems regarding work and he is always there to celebrate our new learning and successes with us. He sees me working with my teams and trying to help them to think of their impact on the world.

He also has to take on a level of responsibility for himself that he wouldn’t need to if one of us stayed at home. I’m not saying go out and all work, but I am saying that as a working parent, I actually feel pretty good about my parenting (which makes a change from feeling guilty).

I’ve watched with pride as he’s walked every day after school to the local hospital to visit his great-grandmother. Not because he has to, but because he wants to. Somewhere between birth and 14 years old, he’s developed a sense of empathy. This is something so rare in so many of our youth, something that we don’t focus enough on when we’re consistently worried if they know enough literacy or numeracy skills to get to college.

I have many things in my life I’m grateful for, but the best accomplishments and the greatest achievements I have, come from the people around me. Some days when things get hairy or a little dark, I remind myself that I have been a small part of creating and supporting an individual that I believe will only enhance the world around him. I can not be prouder

.For days when you may be feeling a little down....

The Coolest Way to Kill Yourself by Nicholas Tanek Blog Tour coming soon…..


Book Description:

Okay, so no one actually kills themselves in this book.

The Coolest Way to Kill Yourself pulls you into the early 90’s New York City rave scene, in all its chaotic, psychedelic glory. The narrator grabs you by your wrist and drags you behind two teenage lovers from New Jersey as they tumble through a whirlwind of reckless hedonism that eventually spirals into a dark, devastating world of drug addiction and heartbreak. As a teenager, Lynn cried, “No one is ever going to write something for me.”

Nearly two decades later, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Nicholas did just that. The gesture came too late for our unlikely heroine, but his heart was in the right place. A broken heart… but a true love. Reunited after years apart, Lynn and Nicholas embraced their love and sexuality, and embraced each other, despite troubled pasts, despite illness, despite all of their imperfections and mistakes. They shared the kind of honest and shameless connection that few have had the honor of knowing, and most would never understand.

“We’re not hurting anyone. We’re just living life without caring what anyone thinks about us.”

“It’s the coolest way to kill ourselves,” Lynn said.

So turn the page, and pull the trigger.


I think that you will find my book very interesting. It is a very unconventional romance. The love of my life died at the age of 37. She passed away a little before Hurricane Sandy. With a generator to keep my laptop working, I wrote a book for the woman who thought no one would ever write something for her.

About the Author:

Nicholas Tanek is an American ghostwriter from New Brunswick, New Jersey. He graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelors in English. He has been a ghostwriter for over 15 years.

Interview with Rutgers University’s RUckmakers:

Amazon reviews:

TKS – Radio Interview–nicholas-tanek-kathy-furlow-herrod



Stephen’s Story-When life gives you cancer.

When I talk inspiration, none does it better than Stephen who sadly passed away last month. What a positive legacy he leaves behind….

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Looking for a perfect summer reading choice…

Try Dare to Breathe

With 78 ratings and over 38 reviews Dare to Breathe is still selling strong.

Well worth a read on your next summer holidays or if like me you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, under the covers with a water bottle to keep you warm.

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Not everything is supposed to become something beautiful and long-lasting. Sometimes people come into your life to show you what is right and what is wrong, to show you who you can be, to teach you to love yourself, to make you feel better for a little while, or to just be someone to walk with at night and spill your life to. Not everyone is going to stay forever, and we still have to keep on going and thank them for what they’ve given us.

Not everything is supposed to become something beautiful and long-lasting. Sometimes people come into your life to show you what is right and what is wrong, to show you who you can be, to teach you to love yourself, to make you feel better for a little while, or to just be someone to walk with at night and spill your life to. Not everyone is going to stay forever, and we still have to keep on going and thank them for what they’ve given us..

Be the change you want to see

When was the last time you examined your own values? When faced with scenarios you hear on the news or media how do you react and how does this affect the people around you? Are their values and reactions the same as yours? If not, does this create tension among you?

In my line of work, we’ve been examining the culture of our workplace. What makes a positive working environment and why? It boils down to one thing, relationships.

What I’m learning is that you have to start by examining yourself. What do you believe and why? How do you live this in your daily interactions? When we start to know ourselves, we can start to improve ourselves. If we’re so focused on looking out and judging others, making assumptions and criticizing, we fall into a trap of problems.

Start by examining yourself. Why do you struggle with another person? Why do you have a problem with this person’s values or behavior? What do you need to know or do so that you can build effective relationships with this person?  Start with understanding yourself so that you can understand the people around you.

I believe that if we want a change in the world around us we need to be the change we want to see. Everyone starts with good intentions. I am confident that at heart, we believe we’re doing the right thing. If we start believing this, then we need to start showing it. Attitude is everything.

I want my children to grow up believing not that the world owes them something, but that they have the ability to give back. To be empathetic, kind and loving are values I want to impart to them. I can’t do this by telling them, I have to do it by showing them.

Know what you value and examine if you actually show these values in all you do. If you don’t then it’s simply a value you aspire to do, it’s not intrinsic. Consider how you use these values to build relationships with others. Keep working on yourself so that you can be a better person to those around you. Reflect in what you do and consider how this impacts on relationships.