What Happens when a NORMAL BLOGGER Goes to #BlogHer14

      While many bloggers love the anonymity of living behind a computer, personally, I love being around people. ...more
LindaCSmith Yay for normal bloggers!  :)  It's so nice to know that there are so many of us out ... more

Before #BlogHer14, I'm going on vacation ALONE

In anticipation of the assumed chaos that will be #BlogHer14, I flew across the country a couple of days early to be alone.  And to write.  And to think.  And to be alone.   And to write more.  Plus, I knew that it would be crazy to fly 3000 miles just to sit in conference rooms for three days.So, today is my first day completely alone.  This is the first time in my life that I’ve ever done something like this.  Usually, someone is waiting for me on the other end of my trip or I plan to meet quickly....more
travelswithtam Thanks for reading!  I've always liked myself and hardly ever feel lonely, but ... more

Too Afraid to Quit my Job

I just found out a friend from high school quit her job as a nurse to go back to school and do something she loves.  In the meantime, she’s working retail, part-time. 1st thought: Is she crazy?  What about money?  What about her 401K?  How is she going to pay her bills?2nd thought: I wish I were that brave. ...more
Exactly! I don't want to struggle, but I still want to pursue my dreams. It's a balancing act. ... more

Sorry Brené - I quit the e-course

You should not be surprised to learn that I have quit the Brené Brown e-course…..……about three weeks ago. I just wasn’t feeling it.  I wasn’t connecting with the book or the course material.  And by the third week, I was dreading it.  While I did really enjoy the watercolor portion, that was it.  Everything else, I disliked. When I do something, I want to be excited for it.I still love Brené, but this course just wasn’t for me.You understand, right? ...more
Karen Ballum Exactly!  It went well the first week, and then it just didn't click anymore. more

Sorry Brené - I quit the e-course

You should not be surprised to learn that I have quit the Brené Brown e-course…..……about three weeks ago. I just wasn’t feeling it.  I wasn’t connecting with the book or the course material.  And by the third week, I was dreading it.  While I did really enjoy the watercolor portion, that was it.  Everything else, I disliked. When I do something, I want to be excited for it.I still love Brené, but this course just wasn’t for me.You understand, right? ...more
Denise Whew!  Thanks for being on my side!  :) more

I'm Spending the Holidays Alone. Please Don't Feel Sorry for Me.

Yes, I’m spending the holidays alone.  No, you don’t need to feel sorry for me.It’s actually not sad.  I’m serious. Thanksgiving is approaching.  So is Hanukkah.  And then comes Christmas.  It’s that time of year where the weather changes, people begin buying presents, and the thankfulness countdown begins on every social media outlet.  This season also brings the prospect for the new year, which always offers hope and possibility for change and newness....more
Stacy-Deanne You are speaking my language.  Thanks so much for reading and for NOT feeling sorry ... more

Cultivating Self-Compassion

It’s Week 3 of the Brené Brown e-course.The topic:  CULTIVATING SELF-COMPASSIONThe goal: Letting go of Perfectionism...more
hopethehappyhugger  Please, oh please start painting or crafting!  You'll love it.  Making the ... more

Climbing out of the Cubicle

I put in my 8 hours a day at work, and let’s just say that I don’t have my dream job.  I work in a cubicle as a secretary for a big agency.I work with wonderful people, but the actual work is boring, tedious, and unsatisfying.  There are people who can relate to that, right?!?!From my first day on the job, I knew I had to make my life after work meaningful and exciting.  I used every second of my downtime to find stimulating activities and fun people.  I have made a lot of friends and done some amazing things. ...more
@JillOzovek  Hi Jill!!!  I am so glad we are on the same page.  I'm eager to check out your ... more