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Creating a Stress-Free Space

One of the rooms I love most in my house is my office. I know it seems like this is the room most likely to stress me out, but is actually where I feel the most calm. Even when work is piling up, deadlines are nearing, and clients are throwing new projects at me faster […]

Giving Yourself Permission to Change the Rules

When I set a goal for myself, one of the first things I do is create my action plan. I list out all of the steps necessary to take me from where I am now to where I want to be and develop my list of “rules.” For instance, when I decided that I wanted […]

When Your ‘Gift of Life’ Doesn’t Go As Planned

Earlier today, I published a post that talks about sitting with your negative emotions so you can identify and process them more effectively. Little did I expect that I’d have to force myself to follow that very same advice such a short time later. A little over a year ago, I donated a kidney to […]

How to Protect Your Emotional Piggy Bank

My husband built a house 15 years ago, long before we got together. After living in it just six months, he moved for work. Instead of selling, he decided to rent it out. About a year ago, we made the decision to move back into that home. He started working in a position that enabled […]

Sometimes the Best Solution is a Pause

When something doesn’t go as planned, my first response is typically to spew the F-word (and a few select other swears) as fast as my mouth will allow. I’m not particularly proud of this fact, but haven’t been able to get the same sort of release as when I yell “Gosh!” or “Darn!” Once I […]

Why It Isn’t Good Enough to Ask Yourself Why

If you’re an introspective person like me, you probably spend a lot of time asking yourself why you do certain things. Why did I just drink two cups of full-strength coffee, even though I know that it will probably give me the jitters and make me feel like crap? Why does feeling anxious make me […]

Hard-to-Ask Questions Sometimes Provide Unexpected Answers

Have you ever typed an email, erased it, and typed it again as you fight with yourself internally about whether or not to send it because you fear the response? That’s where I was yesterday. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m in the process of reading The Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey. In one […]

3 Lists to Help You Level-Up In Life

I write lists for everything. I keep two separate grocery lists; one for items I need from my everyday store and the other for items I want when I’m finally able to make it to the bulk store. I keep a list of all of the shows I have set to record; you know, in […]

How I Got Over “the Hump” and Started Feeling Better

Lately, I’ve been struggling. I think it’s a mixture of many things. The most prominent is likely the coronavirus. Not that I ever got out much before, but knowing that I can’t makes me miss being social more than I normally would. Add to that a cancelled vacation, not being able to visit my family […]