Why You Won’t Find Any Piles of Mail in My House

March 5, 2015

This is not going to surprise any of you, but piles of paper make me nuts. And the quickest way for me to CrazyTown (well, one of the quickest, there are several) is to see a pile of mail sitting on the counter. I can’t take it. I can hear things going unpaid. I can […]

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I’m Lisa and I’m a Chronic People Pleaser :: How Permissions Slips Help

March 2, 2015

By PLL Contributor Lisa Shields I am a people pleaser. There, I said it. Out loud. Because it’s true and I’m tired of dodging my people-pleasing nature like its some strange disease that needs to be eradicated. Why has the desire for people to generally like and accept us become a sign of weakness? Isn’t […]

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Turns out I love chocolate :: or, how Penelope gets back to goal weight

February 26, 2015

So, apparently, I tend to overindulge a little bit over Christmas and Valentine’s Day. What can I say? Mama loves some chocolate. The net effect? I’ve put on about 7 pounds that I’d lost previously. Color me irritated. And a little chubby. But, no use wallowing, I know I simply need to lock it down […]

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How OOG Saved Breakfast :: Fast Breakfast Idea for the Penelope Life

February 23, 2015

by PLL Contributor Lisa Shields We can all agree that breakfast is important. Right? I mean, we’ve all read countless articles filed with scientific jargon that stresses the value of kickstarting your metabolism with a healthy morning meal. And, yet, the struggle is real. For a lot of us, breakfast is the longest 4-letter word […]

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I’m “Overly Organized” (and other myths we tell ourselves)

February 19, 2015

I was interviewing a candidate for a job at my company recently and the person I was talking to said these words … “To be honest, I’m probably organized to a fault.” My brain almost exploded. I literally stopped her mid-sentence and challenged that statement. Is there such a thing as being organized to a […]

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The 7-Minute Workout – the ultimate workout for the efficient Penelope

February 16, 2015

Today’s post comes to you from new PLL Contributor Jennifer Ahearn. Jenn and I have worked together for, no joke, 20 years. At two different jobs. Now, writing Penelope together means we’re doing it a third time. Jenn is a brilliant, sweet mom of twin boys. Yes: twin boys, now 12 years old. She survived. […]

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Want to Try Mindfulness Training? Yes. Yes you do.

February 12, 2015

I have a long and illustrious career as a sufferer of an anxiety disorder. Loooong, I tell you. I was 6 when I had my first panic attack (picture poor little 1st grader Meredith, clutching her heart, sure it’s about to stop) and now, I’m so good at it, I bet you $100 I could […]

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