Are You Thriving Or Just Surviving?

Once we become an “adult” it’s far too easy to get stuck in the mundane routines of life. Whether good or bad, the humdrum of waking up, going to work, running errands, making meals, and Netflix before bed can make days indistinguishable from one to the next. Weeks turn into months. Months blur into years. Years start to speed by. All of a sudden, we find ourselves blinking our eyes, shaking our heads, and wondering how the hell we got here. Throw kids and partners into the mix and…. well, you know exactly what I mean....more

Surviving Adversity: Oh, the places you'll go!

I just finished reading a really great story. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. It’s about the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew that competed for gold at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. With Hitler in the audience.The story is about the adversity these boys overcame to get where they were — as a team and as individuals growing up during a hard time in America. Through perseverance. Determination. Tenacity. Some of my favorite words....more

Forgiveness is for YOU, not Them

Forgiveness is a dirty word. It causes people to do things they don't understand and then shame themselves for doing so. Having a sense of what this word means only comes when you are more fully aware of what choices you need to make in your life. It happens when you are clear about how to set boundaries and to ask for what you want....more


Surviving vs. Thriving….There are times in life where one goes into Survival mode and it is a necessary mode to get through difficult times…Survival Mode is not normally where a person is making the choices they truly would desire if circumstances were different and better. Many options are not the ones one would choose up front in Survival Mode....more

Surviving Old Age: Part One.

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Happy Partying: Even the Shy Can Survive!

If someone says PARTY, I am there! I love getting together with old friends and making new ones, when I can.But while I am confident enough to move to the middle of the room and chitchat with anyone or everyone, I know that some people have a harder time being social without feeling anxious. Not everyone is an extrovert, some people prefer smaller social settings to larger ones and when they are put in a large social setting, they freeze....more
@cdrdash  @alienbody  @HomeRearedChef Hi and nothing wrong with small gatherings.  Many people I ...more

The feared D word

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The "B" Side of Life

I recently went to my hair stylist, Gordon, as I have done every 5 weeks for 15 years. I wrote about Gordon previously after he was a survivor of the Salon Meritage massacre in October.  Gordon is an amazing person who has recently experienced far more tragedy in his life than he – or anyone – should have to endure. As we were talking about how he is getting through this uncomfortable and confusing time he said this:...more