Don't Take It Personal

As an introvert, I find that I do a pretty good job separating my emotions from business and people I generally don't care about. I get paid to serve people and continue smiling as if I'm not at all a human, but a grateful lap dog appreciative for the few dollars equivalent to a processed Milk Bone treat that barely makes up my paycheck.  Now don't get me wrong, I'm not disgruntled about my job or my paycheck, I actually really like my job and the customers which is why I do it. There is an opportunity to get to know the people I meet and eventually care more for them....more

You're Exactly Where You're Supposed To Be

It's easy to look at others' lives and admire their lifestyle or wish we were in their shoes. It's easy to feel bad about ourselves or the current situations we may be in. We may even feel a slight bit (some of us more than slight) of jealousy when we go on social media or watch T.V. and see the seemingly awesome lives individuals are having. Why is my life not going as planned? Well, it may be. ...more

Take The Easy Way Out

Here’s my new mental discipline: for each idea or project, I’m asking myself, “What’s the EASIEST possible way to do this?”As a natural-born over-complicator, this does not come easily to me. But I have noticed that I sometimes don’t move forward on projects because I have larded on too many extra moving parts....more

Bidding Farewell to Ms. Cranky-Pants (Or at Least Trying To)

In my family growing up, my parents were practically polar opposites in temperament. My mom was mostly easy-going, only showing temper on the rare occasion when she was truly pushed beyond the limits of her patience and stress level. My dad was mostly cranky, always quick to correct the error of our ways or sigh in exasperation at whatever noise we were making. The older I got, the more I swore I wouldn't be like that.Ha. ...more

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

I have been reading a lot of books lately about clearing out the clutter of one's home (and mind), for an easier life....more

When Too Much Self-Help Can Lead To Self-Destruction

I am a self-help junkie, but lately, I am starting to realize this is not necessarily a good thing. See, I am also a perfectionist. Well, a self-proclaimed recovering perfectionist. I struggle daily with perfection and letting go of it.per·fec·tion noun 1. the state or quality of being or becoming perfect. 2. the highest degree of proficiency, skill, or excellence, as in some art. 3. a perfect embodiment or example of something....more

Why Self-Help Almost Never Is

Here’s the thing about self-help:  If you’re reading a book or an article about how to fix your current miserable existence, or listening to a self-described “expert” tell you and hordes of others how to fix it, it’s not even close to being self-help.It’s not that these folks don’t want to help you.  They do!  They really, really do!  The goal is to help you to let go and try their tactics on your own. (But not to such a degree that you won’t be buying their next book or watching their next program.)...more

Flounce and Furry

I was watching Sewing with Nancy and learned how to make a flounce trim for tops. looks so easy and cute.  The basic pattern is a donut shaped fabric, straighten and it automatically ruffles evenly.   Now I want to flounce eveything.  I can flounce a skirt, flounce a dress, and even flounce some leg warmers.  I get a lot of creative ideas from online, too.   I also have an urge to make sherpa fluffy slipper boots.  Google it and here is what I found....more

More December Challenges

December challengesNo. Zero -- November's write(blog) everyday.No. 1  -- Exercise - 600 minutes for entire month. No. 2  -- Learn to play a guitar.  I am unmusical.  My husband plays sax. My first son plays clarinet.  My second son plays piano.  I already read part of the "Dummies" book.  Eddie Ate Dynamite Good Bye Eddie.  I better not skim read that book.  Why are the strings not in ABCDEFG order like a piano?...more