When I was in my early twenties, either I really did enjoy spontaneity, or I was so insistent that I enjoyed it that I forced it with an enthusiastic smile. I'm not really sure which it was, but at any rate I lived my life with a lot of unpredictability and I don't remember a lot of fear involved. I made changes all the time and to varying degrees; Whether it was a last-minute night on the town or I decided to rent a U-Haul and move to a different city or apartment, I never seemed to sit still long enough to get too comfortable or to reflect on what was really going on....more
This is the time of year that people ignore/forget about/ or disown the brave New Year's resolutions they made just a few weeks ago. Discouraging? Maybe a little. But here's the good news. You can still make small changes and see great results. Just out of interest, I asked a few friends and e-mail buddies for suggestions on small changes they made to achieve their goals. Their answers were interesting and inspiring. And quite creative! Here are a few of them. They're simple, practical, and above all doable....more
We’ve all heard the Einstein-ism, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Keeping that in mind as you ring in 2016, maybe it’s time that you tried seeing, thinking, reacting, and acting in different ways than you’ve done in the past, particularly if 2015 wasn’t your banner year. ...more
Tuesday, April 14, 2015Do you think you need to drastically change in order to grow in the emotional sense?I’m currently reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and this question made me think of one of her Secrets of Adulthood: ‘What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while. From my experience, a person is much more vulnerable towards failure when they aim for one huge, vague drastic change and focus solely on that....more
I remember the first time it happened: It was shortly after Theo’s birth and I was still in the hospital. My mother and husband were in the room with me when the nurse came in to do something—maybe weigh him or help bathe him or check his vital signs. After she finished, she said, “All right, now I’ll give him back to mom,” and I felt momentarily confused. Why was she handing my son off to my mother? Shouldn't she give him to me or my husband?
A year ago, I wrote about how much your life changes when you have a baby. Well, now that our baby isn't so much a baby anymore, things are different. Our lives are forever changing, and here is how:
1. Having a messy house takes on a whole new meaning. And suddenly, living with a messy house is completely OK with you because cleaning is either not that important in that moment, or you are completely exhausted after running after a toddler all day.
In the time you are with someone you love, it can be one of the best things you could feel in life until one single moment that changes everything you thought you had. Betrayal of a lover that you never thought could happen because of the love you have for each other. You begin to feel that this person you once knew is not the person you fell in love with. You feel as if you are laying next to a stranger. No matter the level of betrayal it still causes pain. Pain that can make your mind wonder if anything that you had with the person was real....more
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