Putting the Stat Monster to Bed and Writing for Writing's Sake

Have you ever felt like there is a shift happening in your life? One that doesn't seem to be happening for any rhyme or reason, but the air feels different, you close your eyes, and it feels as though the world is stopping, waiting for you to make your next move. Problem is, I feel like I am waiting for the next move to find it's way to me; I'm doing everything right... I think. This past week, I received my first, real rejection letter. ...more
I'm based on Wordpress and what has really helped me is getting rid of the WP Stats plugin so I ... more

Lessons Learned from Starting a Second Blog

Some things just fail. That’s what most people don’t share. I failed at maintaining a second blog, Beauty Shy, which now forwards to Those Graces. Beauty Shy was supposed to be a place to share my everyday musings about makeup to help others feel more comfortable with makeup. I came to a realization: I wasn’t a beauty blogger. I am a blogger who shares about my life, which happens to include an unnatural love of eyeshadow palettes and blush. I wanted to share the lessons I learned from starting a second blog. ...more
 @DeliaRivera If you're just starting off, don't overwhelm yourself! See if you can maintain and ... more

Do You Respond to Comments?

To respond to comments or not; in the comment thread or directly through email; to use your time to read more blog posts or to hold more conversations... these are the dilemmas many bloggers grapple with, including Sophisticated Dorkiness who asks what people tend to do with their comments. ...more
I respond to every single one. Comments are the best part of blogging :) more

Is Your Past Truly Yours?

Last night I sat down intending to write about breaking up with friends, but I found myself tiptoeing around my own past in favor of speaking vaguely about my own friend breakup. Instead, I found myself holding back and hesitant about sharing specifics. It got me thinking: Which parts of my past are truly mine alone?...more
@Judy Schwartz Haley I think that's a great way to look at it. It seems like family stuff is ... more

Is Your Past Truly Yours?

Last night I sat down intending to write about breaking up with friends, but I found myself tiptoeing around my own past in favor of speaking vaguely about my own friend breakup. Instead, I found myself holding back and hesitant about sharing specifics. It got me thinking: Which parts of my past are truly mine alone?...more
@nellewrites Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! I think it's all about drawing lines ... more

How I Deleted My Facebook Account and Walked Away from 555 Friends

Of course, you need lots of extra time for real friendship like that. My "networking" on Facebook was devouring some of that time, and I was starting to feel guilty about it. Along the same lines, it also struck me that Facebook fosters laziness. Even in a crisis, I wasn't getting as many emails or phone calls from family members because, as one put it, "We already read your updates on Facebook." ...more
I permanently deleted my facebook over a year and a half go. Since then, I've spent more time ... more

Why Marilyn Monroe's Size Still Matters

A recent Slate article by Simon Doonan on Marilyn Monroe, "Marilyn Monroe’s Two Secrets," aroused the ire of many readers for its hidden title, "Was Marilyn Monroe Fat?" Doonan claimed to know the answer (No) because he was on hand (as an employee of Christie's auction house) to view some of her last possessions, including c...more
Brilliant post! Monroe created every aspect of her look, so even though she was tiny and just ... more

C-Section Remorse: "I Was Robbed of My Birth Experience"

Throughout my pregnancy, I never considered the possibility that I would have a C-section. Who knows where I got this idea, but I just figured a C-section was what “other people had,” people with complications during pregnancy which I didn’t have. I only skimmed the chapters on C-section in my pregnancy books and we paid little to no attention to the C-section video in our prepared childbirth class. Needless to say, I had a C-section....more
Massachusetts is currently considering a ban on C-Sections due except in medically necessary ... more

So "The Bachelor" Cast Themselves a Blogger... Did You Watch?

[Well, well, well...The Bachelor is back, and thanks to my explosive twitter stream, I had to pause my enjoyment of Carnie Wilson on Celebrity Wife Swap to see what all this "tampon sharing" madness was about. Crushable's got the breakdown onBlogger Jenna Burke of The Overanalyst --Morgan]...more
While watching this, I said to my husband, "She not a full-time blogger unless she's extremely ... more

Glitzy New Year’s Eve Snow Nails

Originally Posted on BeautyShy.com...more
@victorias_view That would be so cute! I think Essie carries the Luxeffect polish in a few ... more