Graduation and a new GJ contributor

What a weekend! I was thrilled and honored to celebrate with my sister Whitney this past weekend as she walked in her graduation ceremony and accepted her diploma. I was so proud of her, because I know the decision to go back to school was a tough one.  With busy schedules and kids, it's tough to find the time to make sure that we're taking care of ourselves and doing the things that we need to, in order to not only succeed, but really thrive.

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Everyone knows Michael.  I mean, unless you've lived in a cave for the past 10 years, you've heard of the medal count that our brother racked up in the past three Summer Olympic Games.  And as a family, we are so proud.  But we have another sister, Whitney, who is our middle sister.  She was 3rd in the world in the 200 butterfly when she was 14 years old and made the 1996 Olympic Trials and finished 5th in the 200 butterfly.  She swam through the pain of an injured back (herniated disk, bulging disk, stress fracture) in an attempt to see her lifelong dream play out on the international Olympic scene.  But, sometimes your swim isn't fast enough, you have a bad start and your goals are changed.  Whitney didn't make the Olympic team, but she's hands down one of the best U.S. female Butterfliers and was named to the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame in 2012.

A few years ago, Whitney decided to go back to school. And I'm so proud of her for making the time for her.  I laugh when people say "I don't have time to go to the gym" or "there just aren't enough hours in the day." You know why? Because when Whitney made the decision to go back to school she had a full-time job, two children AND was training for the New York City marathon.  Oh, and she went to school at night.  We all have the same number of hours in any given day; it's how you structure them that matters.

I was happy to celebrate Whitney. Celebrate her success and her decision to put her needs at the top of the list.  And, I'm thrilled to announce that as of today, Whitney is the newest contributor to Genuine Joy! She is a mom of two children, aged 6 and 8, and will provide content on anything from kid-friendly activities to healthy recipes that your children will love.

I'm thrilled and honored to have Whitney on-board and I look forward to sharing her wisdom, tips on time management and great content from a mother's point of view. Welcome Whit!