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My Inner Storyteller Lies

Last month, a family member really hurt me. Not physically, but emotionally. This is hard for me to admit because I like to think that I’m strong enough to not let things bother me. Thank my 15 years in law enforcement for that. But the reality is that sometimes other people’s words (and actions) dig […]

Don’t Like to Work Out? Try ‘Productive Fitness’ Instead

Don’t hate me, but I actually look forward to my workouts. I find that walking around the neighborhood or jumping on the treadmill for a couple of miles helps me relieve stress and lowers my anxiety. Exercising 5-7 days a week has even kept me from having to go on cholesterol and blood pressure medicines. […]

How I Will Spend This Memorial Day

Today, I woke up with a heavy heart. No matter how many times my attention has been diverted by local and national news events, it keeps traveling back to our soldiers who have given their lives to protect the freedoms many of us enjoy but probably can’t truly appreciate because we know no different. Soldiers […]

Is There Such a Thing as Non-Emotional Eating?

I eat when I’m happy. I also eat when I’m sad. Boredom, stress, disgust, frustration…almost every emotion possible drives me to want to eat. Except anger. When I’m truly pissed, I don’t really crave food. Alcohol, yes. Cigarettes, sometimes (even though I quit 10 years ago). Screaming, uh huh. But not food. If only I […]

Songs That Help You Build Your Grit

Ever blare your music so loud your ears physically hurt afterward? That was me on my walk today. After spending nine hours editing blogs and articles for my clients, my brain needed break. The only problem is, as a writer, it constantly wants to think about words, sentences, and paragraphs. It loves to keep going […]

Sometimes Happiness Lies at Arm’s Length

I’ve had a few relationships in my life that have hurt me deeply. Like the close friend I thought I had that, one day, just quit returning my calls. And this is someone I spent a lot of time with. Someone who, at one point, I could tell absolutely anything. Even my deepest darkest secrets. […]

You Have to Give to Get, Especially When It Comes to Chicken

Did you ever play chicken when you were younger? If you’re not familiar, this ‘game’ basically involves you and someone else in vehicles, driving straight at each other to see who will swerve to miss the collision first. The one who does is considered the loser, also referred to as the chicken. Today, I played […]

My Biggest Fear? Cows

I am deathly afraid of cows. So afraid that just hearing a mooooo makes me break out into a cold sweat. So afraid that I can’t walk by a pasture without my eyes constantly scanning it, looking for ‘the enemy.’ So afraid that I have nightmares about them at least a couple times a month. […]

Ever Feel Like You Don’t ‘Walk the Walk’?

Today I feel like a huge fraud. Okay, maybe not just today. A lot lately, actually. Why? Because I don’t feel like I am ‘walking the walk.’ I created Building Your Grit to share what I’ve learned about how to live your best life possible. I wanted a place you could come to if you […]