By Kristin Hiemstra A shameless believer of human potential, Kristin is as dynamic and energetic about career issues as a nice person can be. She combines real world knowledge from her many years of hiring experience in Washington, DC with a decade of college admissions experience.
  • Racing Back to Reality and Other Stupid Things Not to Do

    January 10, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    This year my in-laws decided to host a family reunion in Key West, FL for Christmas break which meant, of course, sunshine and palm trees for the tired and weary. Bring it on! Besides Jimmy Buffet’s reference to stepping on a pop top and busting his flip-flop I had as little understanding of Key West […]

  • Traditions: Friend or Foe

    November 19, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    ‘Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you.” The Velveteen Rabbit Every other year, my extended family gathers at a lodge in Montreat, NC for three days over Thanksgiving. Cousins from all over Michigan endure a 10 hour drive with small children, no less, to come […]

  • Opening Ourselves to the Other Side's Point of View

    November 7, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Today marks the end of one of the bitterest elections I have lived through. Both sides had ample reasons to support their candidates since both candidates had strong records of success. Now comes the hard part: healing. Every words we say about another person, whether political candidate, friend, foe, or family  member carries energy. All […]

  • Go For It! Now … Yeppers, this very instant!

    September 17, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    On Saturday mornings, my children watch the most ridiculous television shows I’ve ever seen. Silly wizards and over-the-top ninjas save the earth from ridiculously stupid villains. Though I try very hard not to be a judgmental person, I have been known to say things like “Your brain is crying right now because you are making […]

  • Is it Fashion or Just Fitness I Covet?

    September 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    My latest internet addiction is Pinterest.  Pinterest lets you find things that interest you and ‘pin’ them on your ‘board.’ I have many boards on my Pinterest site including one on Mediterranean Cooking, one on housing inspirations so I won’t forget all the cool features that will be going into my next mega mansion, and […]

  • When You Can't Get What You Want

    August 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Summer is ending, which –for those of us in education– means that phone calls and emails start rolling in from parents concerned about their children’s teachers.  “Is it a good match?” “Will my child thrive?” Though I am a fully grown woman with limited mental capacity for recalling why I opened the refrigerator, I still […]

  • Put on the Rose-Colored Glasses and Pretend You are God Today

    August 10, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Have you ever wanted to be an actor? Just slide right into someone’s life for the day. What if, for one day, we all pretended we were God? Yep, I mean the BIG GUY in the sky. What if, for one day, we all made peace, love, harmony, joy, and blessing each other our only […]

  • Attila the Hun meets Bambi

    July 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Or, “Reflections on Our Cross-Country Family Vacation” We are now home from the all-American road trip with a renewed appreciation for the United States. We went through 24 states, nearly half of this glorious country, and, yes, I’m counting Georgia even though we were there for about 10 minutes driving on the highway outside of Chattanooga. Our […]

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    July 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    - Observations from Across the US – This summer, my family and I are touring the US in our minivan. So far we have covered DC, upstate NY, Chicago, Mt. Rushmore, Little Big Horn, and now we are headed to Yellowstone, Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and Shiloh, TN. Yes, Shiloh. Here are some musing from […]

  • Why You Should Never Run Your Mouth

    July 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    When we are little, we learn quickly that running our mouths is not a good idea. Perhaps it is the pain we experience from siblings’ punches when we “out” them for eating all the Oreos, or the humiliation we experience when our friends call B.S. on our claims that we actually did discover a dinosaur […]