It's easy to be inspired when progress is being made. However, the true challenge of hope will always be to maintain it when momentum slows or, harder still, when the opposition is gaining more ground than we are. While these statements may seem obvious as we consider moments in our lives where the going got tough and the tough had to get going, it's sometimes a challenge to see these ideas represented in traditional entertainment where we can usually count on a happily ever after.
"Dad, I miss home. I miss Dopu's [Grandma's] cooking and yogurt rice. I have had nothing but plain sauce and pasta every single day. I miss flavor!" When my college didn't have Indian food, I made my own. This is story of how I started Sambar Kitchen.
As we are all stuck indoors for the time being with the chaos of the world weighing heavily on our minds, I can't help but feel painfully… not horny. Clearly I love sex, I own a sex toy store! It's masturbation month! But I've gotta say that my masturbation has become more to-the-point than ever. As a sex educator who frequently preaches about sexual pleasure not being goal-oriented or orgasm-focused, I've actually been doing just that — masturbating as briefly and efficiently as possible.
After more than two years, two doctors, countless negative pregnancy tests, one miscarriage, and one failed IUI treatment cycle, we are still waiting. Our plans have not become our reality. Now, our plans are indefinitely on hold because of a pandemic. A pandemic?! Now that's a curveball that not even a seasoned infertility warrior could have seen coming, especially one that was two weeks away from starting IVF.
Today, the armchair psychologist is revisiting a previous column in which she helped a woman navigate her relationship with a divorced man who is still attached to his ex-wife and children, putting her needs at the bottom of his to-do-list. For now, it seems the relationship has ended and she is on to bigger and better things.
It was one of the most valuable lessons I learned early in my career about what constituted a good meeting: always come prepared. Preparation to make a meeting as painless as possible was key. Otherwise, you have to be prepared to kill the meeting as one of my favorite leaders always did. There are plenty of bad things happening right now. We don't need to add the stress of a bad meeting to that list.
Jeanne Rihm is a personal fashion stylist who specializes in helping women understand their unique body so they can dress with confidence. Jeanne's 25+ years of industry experience is rooted in the fashion capital of NYC collaborating with major designers and working with companies like Bloomingdales and Ralph Lauren. She is the official fashion stylist for TEDxLincolnSquare, and Speakers Who Dare, in New York City. Jeanne has been seen on various radio and TV like NYC TalkRadio and Comcast Xfinity's, Empower Hour, discussing proven styling tips to teach women how to find the most flattering clothes for their body. Jeanne has developed an on-line E-course, "Dressing with Confidence,Dressing for You". In this on-line course she educates busy women how to look and feel their authentic best! She has been featured by CareerSpots in a video tutorial teaching young people how to dress for the workforce, and as a resident fashion expert in CBS Philly's Ask A Philadelphia Expert.
Jeanne lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, two sons and her dog Beamer. FashionJeanne.com