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Finding Courage to Relaunch Your Life

The "Courage" card that Jeri made for my birthday

My dear friend Jeri and I learned how to be grownups together. We met as newlyweds some 30 years ago and have held hands through many vicissitudes: settling into married life; combining career and family in an environment hostile to working mothers; the angst of raising teenagers; and now the dual dynamics of menopause and …

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Thoughts on Managing a Working Vacation

Whether walking the beach or working, be fully present on your working vacation

While I love exploring the country, there’s a lot to be said for staying in one place. Yesterday we left the beach house that we’ve been fortunate to visit for the past 20+ years. It’s become a touchstone for our lives, like children’s height notches on a closet door. It’s tempting …

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Lessons on Gift Exchanges: Stuff ≠ Love

This is what a Play-Doh elementary school project looks like after 20 years of dessication

I met “Sheri” a few years ago on my book tour and she got in touch when she moved to Charlotte (my city) in March. She arrived at exactly the same time we were moving out of our suburban four-bedroom home into a smaller urban townhouse and came over to …

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Busted in New Brunswick

Jill gets into the Saint John, New Brunswick police car

Besides my family, I don’t often travel with others. When I do it’s usually with Jill, whom I frequently mention in my podcasts and blog posts. She lives in Ohio and I live in North Carolina, so we ride our motorcycles to a meeting spot, then tour a region together before going our …

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Ted Simon: Lessons about Purposeful Travel

Tam with Ted Simon

I spent last week at the beach with my spouse. I enjoy sitting at the water’s edge as I read, write, contemplate and doze, but I’m not often in the water past my knees. When Matt takes his fishing pole out to the surf, I fall into a lull watching him …

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A Child Bride’s 30th Wedding Anniversary

Me and Matt at Yellowstone National Park circa 2012

My odometer hasn’t turned over in eight weeks. Why? I’ve been blessed with a great deal of client work AND have been writing the first draft of my new book, Life Lessons from the Road: Riding Deep into the Soul. The book needs to sit and steep for a few …

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My TEDx Talk with Neale Bayly: Chance Encounters

Neale Bayly and Tamela Rich at TEDx Charlotte 2-2014

When the organizers of TEDx Charlotte gave me and my friend Neale Bayly the opportunity to talk about the role that chance encounters have played in our lives we jumped right in. Both Neale and I are motorcyclists but we’re full of contrasts: he’s male, I’m female; he’s been riding …

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Getting Unstuck

Tamela and her motorcycle helmet

Three years ago this month, I took the first step to re-launching my life by signing up to take the Motorcycle Foundation Safety (MSF) class at my local community college. Here’s a video clip from that class.   People at all stages and walks of life get that stuck feeling …

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Last Gallon, Last Dime

In 2011 my wallet was stolen in Kalispell, MT, which is a long way from my North Carolina home. My bank has no branches west of the Mississippi so I was in a real jam. Listen to the podcast to hear my sorry tale about banks that wouldn’t help me …

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Water, Gravel and the Serenity Prayer

Learning to ride a motorcycle through deep water has allegories to navigating a tough spot in life. I learned that if you try to dash through deep water as fast as possible, you’re likely going to take a spill because you create too much wake, which pushes the bike over. Slow and …

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