au·then·tic

 \ə-ˈthen-tik, ȯ-\

: real or genuine : not copied or false

: true and accurate

(Merriam-Webster)

 

Rachel Blaufeld, got hummus? / Amazing Yoga

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Being authentic or the lack thereof is an amazing phenomenon lately. Lots of people getting up on their soap box preaching one thing but doing another. Take a long look at the company you keep, and I bet you: you find a few. You know those “experts” who are self-proclaimed mavens or gurus? They know it all, and by golly, they are not afraid to let you know. 

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As I get caught up at my desk today…as if that will ever happen…I get a notice that I am “tagged” in a status on Facebook. Looking for a fast and easy diversion, I immediately head over to check it out. I literally LOL, and honestly, I don’t LMAO at much. Especially out loud.

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You ask: What is so funny? Well, for one, my friend Mike, who is obviously of the opposite sex, is asking for my tank top size. Actually, that’s about it. It simply tickled me. A million ideas ran through my head as to what people must be thinking.

 

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It’s that time of year again…the point in February when my social media feed is filled with endless complaining about the weather (guilty as charged), what everyone wants for Valentine’s Day (a donut, please), and this year, the Winter Olympics. While it is hard not to dream about an island getaway to escape the cold or a special V-day trip to somewhere tropical and chocolate filled, it is even more difficult to think about not having a home, a warm place to sleep, or a hot shower at the end of the day.

 

A few years ago, I became involved with Bethlehem Haven here in Pittsburgh, PA.

 

The Haven is a special place where they house 96 women any given night of the year among their residential programs:  emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing.  For these individuals, [the Haven] helps them to address their “barriers to housing.”  This may include physical and mental health care, job training, life skills training, and whatever else that individual might need for her journey.  There are also programs that reach non-residents, including a day program drop-in shelter (open 10am to 6pm every day), health and wellness clinic, and Project Employ, a job training program.  Among the programs, [The Haven] serves about 60,000 meals each year, houses several hundred women each year, and helps several thousand through their combined programs. [click to continue…]

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my new baby.

It has been a while. A long while since I have updated BacknGrooveMom…you must be worried.

 

Or not.

 

Either way, I was sifting through Facebook today, and I noticed one of my friends who recently had her second baby posted the most adorable picture. The caption said something to the effect of: Thank God she is so cute and we love her because she doesn’t sleep.

 

I thought back to the early days when I had just brought home my second baby, and Yeah, he wasn’t sleeping, and yes, thank whatever God you believe in, he was so adorable because I was downright exhausted. So exhausted, I tripped and broke my foot in three locations.

 

But, damn that baby was so cute…and, so was my older child. He was cute and handsome with an adorable budding personality. He kept saying, “Look at ME!” at the time, not so quietly reminding us that he was still around despite their being a new baby in our lives.

 

In fact, he was around first, and he wanted his attention back. He didn’t care that I was tired or that my foot ached. It didn’t bother him that my husband was keeping long hours at the office and then had to come home and not only bathe an infant and a toddler, but lift his wife in and out of the shower.

 

NOPE. He didn’t care one bit. “Look at ME, mommy!” [click to continue…]

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Just this morning, my younger son, who is real funny (most of the time), says to me, “OH , mom…Are you too busy with your blogging?”  He was making a joke, trying to laugh with me over how absolutely overwhelmed I had been around deadlines.  Typically, my frenzy is a case of taking on too much, allowing my perfectionist tendencies take over, and just plain, Jewish Guilt placed on everything I touch.

 

Nonetheless, his words today pushed a button or two in me because I have been neglecting BacknGrooveMom in 2014…So, like an idiot, I answered him with, “Well, you know what?  I have not even blogged since before winter break…” (na, na, boo, boo).

 

At this, both of my kids were laughing.  LAUGHING!  Not with me, but at me, because even they get how crazy I make myself.

 

I mean at the moment this happened, I was running around the kitchen looking for a mint to put in my almost always hysterically funny son’s lunchbox to eat after his tuna (with dried cranberries) salad because I am that CRAZY. [click to continue…]

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“I do it” in 2014

As the end of the year approaches, it signifies something coming to a close.  All too often confused with there being a need for a grand ending, a happily ever after, an epilogue with no loose ends, The New Year means something much different to me.  I prefer to look at The New Year as just that—new beginnings, reweaving loose ends, driving towards a better ending or epilogue.

 

Saying goodbye to 2013 is definitely bittersweet for me.  This was the year that I licensed my product.  Further proof that when one year ends and another begins, there is no telling where it will take one…I finished 2012 believing I was going to manufacture my product on my own.  Well, not on my own, but go into the product business.  At the start of this year, I learned I was much more suited to the creative side of ventures rather than production/shipping/receiving logistics so I threw my hat in the ring looking for a license.

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The day I received an offer was one of my top 10 days so far…Someone thought my idea was great, my product name and brand was solid, and they were willing to bet on it all!  As I kiss 2013 goodbye, I also say farewell to my product.  It will be going to market and its fate is in yours’ and others’ hands.

 

I often have equated my product to being my baby, and it a lot of ways, it is and continues to be…I will worry about it even though it had flew the nest much like my oldest son who just celebrated his Bar Mitzvah.  He is a “man,” yet I still worry myself silly over every move he makes.  Another chapter closed in 2013, the Bar Mitzvah and all the planning and hoopla surrounding it.

 

The good news is 2014 ushers in new adventures on the heels of this year’s milestones.  For my oldest son, it is greater independence.  For my younger son, 2014 holds lessons in his newest instrument—the electric guitar—and middle school for percussion.  For me, not just watching my product, but my latest venture, a fiction book. 

 

With a spring book launch staring me in the face, I have been pounding the keyboard, working on my story and rewrites.  Trying to stay focused on two sets of characters because I could not simply write one book at a time—What fun would that be? 

 

Decisions continue to have to be made like yesterday.  Pen name? Or not? What to call my book? Website design?

 

No matter what the decisions are—parenting, work related, relationship based—they just have to get made.  Maintaining ownership of choices is so key.  Whether they turn out to be wildly successful in the coming year or turn into a big mess (I like to call that a learning experience), there is something about feeling a sense of accomplishment. [click to continue…]

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Thanksgivukkah may be over, but I am an equal opportunist when it comes to holidays.  With Christmas and New Year’s knocking on the door, I found a few fun gifts which I may or may not have already purchased for myself.  What?  As moms, we deserve a nice thing or two or three….

 

coffee mug with wine

 

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