Volunteering for the Grammar School can lead to Triathlete Training!

Mom volunteer and triathlete Debbie Markham

You say you don’t have time to volunteer, but YOU DO… LOL! I turned my volunteer time into a good story here and wrote a blog post on it… just think of what fun you could have too! This morning I promoted our school’s fundraiser event, “Out of this World Book and Science Fair,” by [...]

Everyone needs inspiration to succeed

affirmation written on note with tack

Yesterday I didn’t feel like editing another photo….and I LOVE my work as a photographer.  But I’m prepared for days with little motivation.  All I have to do is look up, and right there….taped to the top of my computer, is a note for me… “Your effort brings people joy.”  It reminds me that photography [...]

How can you increase your level of satisfaction?

Kid success flattening paper

We just spent 2 days helping our friends unpack from a big move.  After unwrapping boxes and boxes of their dishes, china and appliances from the moving company’s white paper, we had a HUGE mound of crumpled up paper too big to live with until the next week (when the moving company was scheduled to [...]

Life is like a game of pool

Pool balls racked

I relate my “brain” to a computer having 15 windows open, simultaneously running different software programs.  So, re-racking my brain like pool balls is a necessary goal.  I like this allegory better than “having many balls in the air” because it aligns with playing and/or enjoying different strategies or outcomes in life as I play [...]

Disneyland is the happiest place on earth

Mickey Ears Disneyland is the Best Blog by Debbie Markham

I was never a Disneyland enthusiast. As a kid I went once. Growing up I wasn’t allowed to watch many cartoons on t.v. and animation wasn’t admired by my parents.  So when my college friends started an annual tradition of our families meeting at Disneyland the weekend after Thanksgiving, I was a bit discontent. But [...]

[VIDEO] Vegas Baby, and a Sweet Lollipop!

Debbie Markham with Couture lollipop from Sugar Factory

During my most recent trip to Vegas I enjoyed the “no-one’s-ever-going-to-see-me again, so-dress-and-act-however-I-desire” festivities.  However, I also walked the strip actively searching for the best candy store, as I always do when on vacation.  I came across the Sugar Factory adjacent Planet Hollywood’s Casino in the Miracle Mile Mall.  With great tunes playing, and cute [...]

Add 1 pointless goal a day to alleviate stress!

exercise your mind and overcome challenges to be happy

Overcoming any challenge instills happiness, pride, curiosity in human nature, connection with yourself. So why not start making them up for fun, to increase your chances of overcoming them? Go ahead, I dare you! Try to skip on the treadmill in public for 40 seconds during your workout, 3 times. Look at 3 strangers in [...]