The Grief and Joy of Father’s Day

June 18, 2017

One spring afternoon, my husband came through the door when he should’ve been on an airplane. I was excited because I thought his trip had been canceled. He’d get to enjoy a much-needed extra day off, but the look on his face told me...

Reflections on Motherhood

May 14, 2017

I’m sitting in my backyard listening to “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber, getting inspired by the emotions this beautiful music brings out of me. I felt the same swelling of emotion the first time I held my son in my arms, and...

The Art of Saying No

April 25, 2017

More and more lately I have grappled with the idea of overcommitting, and the more I talk to the women around me, the more I realize they are struggling with the same thing. The tendency to overcommit is something many struggle with....

The Transformative Power of a Birthday Slogan

September 21, 2016

Every year I get together with my closest friends. I’m lucky enough that my closest friends are my sister and cousins. Since we’re so close, we’ve been named by other friends as the sister-cousins. It’s so important to surround myself...

Wellness Wednesday: SURRENDER

May 25, 2016

As I say good-bye to my dear friend and hello to a future filled with her loving memories, I’d like to share what I wrote for her celebration of life. And since she was such a big part of Model Behaviors, I thought there was no better...

By Toni