Author Archives: Beth Zadik

Each life has a learning

Beth Zadik   April 28, 2019  
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In the house across the street lived two delightful people… about 50 years older than me. Hopefully you are lucky enough to know older people like this… you know the ones, that prepare themselves for the outside world. They put on a full outfit often accompanied by a nice hat. Dr. Kavka was a well-respected and well-published doctor. From a resume perspective, he was top notch! Around this time I had been searching for higher […]

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It’s like a bomb blows up for 3 months

Beth Zadik   October 24, 2018  
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Katy and I were pregnant with our first children at the same time. While at her baby shower, her older sister, Carolyn Lumia, shared “Having a baby is like a bomb blows up in your house for 3 months.” The older women laughed and passionately agreed. Katy and I laughed. You know that nervous laugh when you think you understand the joke but others are laughing harder so you aren’t really sure you fully understand […]

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We are more normal than we know

Beth Zadik   July 31, 2018  
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Early in my marriage, our social circle was based on my husband’s friends. That was new to me as I was used to being with my friends. After a few years I got up the courage to do dinner with the wives. We lovingly called this our support group. At one of our mom support group dinners, Maria uncomfortably shared a story about her son who often pretended to be a cat. She asked if […]

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Restore for work

Beth Zadik   October 2, 2017  
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The first time I traveled with Kevin for work, we went to Dallas to facilitate a half-day learning solution to 200 people. We flew early morning the day before to prepare the room, verify technology and practice our facilitation. The point is we had tons of work to do. When we arrived at the hotel, I was ready to jump into gear. Kevin said to get settled in my room and we would meet in […]

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Know the right people

Beth Zadik   October 2, 2017  
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While onboarding to The Regis Company, I was shadowing my boss to meet existing clients. Entering the first client building, Kevin asked Dave, the security guard, about his golf game. At the second client, the front desk receptionist greeted him by name. He approached the desk and asked Megan about her family. He talked with Megan before filling out the registration paperwork. In each of these instances, it only took about ~45 seconds. During this time, […]

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Life continues with house guests

Beth Zadik   October 2, 2017  
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One year we spent a month in Israel allowing the kids to be immersed in the culture rather than just visiting family. Menash’s best friends Chagiet and Gil invited us to stay in their soon-to-be-finished home. Chagiet found each kid an age-appropriate camp. Before we arrived, Chagiet and Gil decided to get divorced. Our timing to be house guests was horrible (from my American point of view) but Menash assured me that it was ok. […]

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Menu Planning

Beth Zadik   October 2, 2017  
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From my childhood, I remember (who knows if it happened once or regularly) that we would clean out our fridge of spoiled food. I didn’t think about throwing away week-old, uneaten spaghetti. When I lived on my own it continued. When I lived with girlfriends it would happen because we would lose track of things sharing a fridge. And then… my in laws were in the kitchen one day silently watching me, commenting in a […]

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No, you cannot come home

Beth Zadik   October 2, 2017  
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I was a shy little girl growing up in Kentucky. In spite of being shy, I somehow made good friends quite easily. Following in the steps of my big sisters, at 16 years old, my parents sent me on a bus tour of the western USA. What an amazing opportunity! I spent 6 weeks on a coach bus, sleeping in tents, and seeing sites like Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, Grand Canyon, and Glacier National Park. […]

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It is good to NEED people

Beth Zadik   October 2, 2017  
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We are growing up in a time when it is good to be self-sufficient. It is expected to be self-sufficient. Two months after moving to a new suburb we got a puppy. (Little did I know how much work a puppy would be, but that’s a different story.) My middle schooler introduced me to a neighbor that also just got a puppy. had a fenced in backyard and I did not. Luckily, Dinah invited us […]

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What are you grateful for?

Beth Zadik   October 2, 2017  
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Imagine a sanctuary filled with approximately 26 kids between 8-12 years old. While there might be 14 adults, the children receive the question, “What are you grateful for?” and the children answer: Chocolate! Beds! Fluffy stuffed animals! My parents and sister! Sporks! The sun! Ability to see! While the answers vary in depth, the discussion continues for 10-15 minutes. It is a beautiful thing to see children think of what they are grateful for AND […]

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