Want to join me in meditating?

I'm going through some tough stuff right now and I've found that the Oprah and Deepak Finding Your Flow free meditation series is helping a lot. The three-week series started seven days ago and it's not too late for you, if you're interested, to join me. If you start today you'd have two more weeks to go. I like it because they make it easy. Each session, starting with Oprah and then Deepak introducing the centering thought and the Sanskrit mantra for the day, lasts no more than twenty minutes. Deepak minds the meditating time so all I have to do is close my eyes and keep repeating the mantra until he rings a little bell that indicates it's time to release the mantra. He speaks again after the meditation period about the day's centering thought, and then closes the session with Namaste. Today's session title is Finding Consciousness. The centering thought is My consciousness is universal consciousness, and the mantra is Sahasrara Im or I am pure awareness. Why don't you … [Read more...]

Sara Connell’s surrogacy story is incredible

I am delighted to welcome Sara Connell here at Choices today to discuss her writing and coaching life. Her memoir, Bringing in Finn is indeed an incredible surrogacy story. To win your free copy, please leave your comments here. I'll announce a winner, picked randomly, on Monday, December 2. Book Summary and Details Bringing in Finn by Sara Connell is an incredibly moving story of surrogacy and how it created a bond like no other between a mother and daughter. In February 2011, 61-year-old Kristine Casey delivered the greatest gift of all to her daughter, Sara Connell: Sara's son, Finnean. At that moment, Kristine the gestational carrier of Sara and her husband Bill's child became the oldest woman ever to give birth in Chicago.  Bringing in Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story tells this modern family's remarkable surrogacy story.  is an achingly honest memoir about a couple that wanted nothing more than to have a family and a mother who would do anything for her dau … [Read more...]

Please welcome Jennifer Richardson

I'm always pleased when WOW - Women on Writing asks me to participate in one of their new author blog tours. WOW hosted my first blog tour, and I have made many lasting friends as a result. Plus I'm a huge advocate of virtual book tours as a way of promoting our books. My guest today is Jennifer Richardson, author of Americashire: A Field Guide to a Marriage (She Writes Press, May 2013) who discusses her decision to live a child-free life. This topic is particularly of interest to me because my son and his wife recently made that decision as well. Here's Jennifer: Living a Childfree Life: The Oprah Problem and Other Myths I already know what you're thinking. You're about to read something fabulous and envy-inducing. Because surely, since I chose not to have kids, I must be living the life exotic AND making a difference along the way. It's not your fault for thinking this; that blame lies directly with Oprah. While the childfree life has become quite stylish with … [Read more...]