Changing Perspective Calms the Rage

Avoiding the subject of politics this week is tough for me. I’ve got it on my mind… a lot. However, in keeping with my blogging vow to uplift instead of bitch, I have no choice but to try and avert my attention to the “glass-is-half-full perspective. It ain’t easy,...

What If You Were Good at Something and Didn’t Know It?

“What’s a weird or unique thing that’s happened in your life?” This was just one of the gems that caught my ear at a writing workshop last week. I’ve read memoirs before and found them, quite frankly, pretty boring. I was born, I did this, I did that, blah...

Living on Purpose vs. Living by Default

Imagine your house without heat. I just had a visit from a longtime friend who did just that, and I was chilled by his description of what it was like inside his home last winter. At no time was it clearer to me that I am a huge pansy addicted to comfort. The intent...

Will the Next Step Surpass the Last?

My feet were famous once. A reporter showed up to our Halloween Ball and took some action shots for a pending story. I gave my permission to be photographed as long as she didn’t include my feet, and joked about always having the biggest ones out there. So what do you...

It’s Exciting to Change Your Mind

I love changing my mind. It usually means a new point of view has filtered in. New information means new decisions, and it’s fun to discover you “never thought of it that way before.”   This weekend is the Super Bowl, and I’m about to embrace what I’ve pretty...

Adapting to Screw-ups: A Good Lesson

My new neighbor, Michael, doesn’t know that on this day he did more than move furniture into my bedroom. His calm demeanor sticks in my head still. Michael is a cabinet maker by trade and rose to the challenge of our compact bedroom, with nary a drawer to be...

Just Being Alive Means Change and Loss

I’m getting ready to move soon. I’ve been thinking about relocating for a year now, so my growing sense of impending loss is surprising. Excited about what’s ahead, but getting anxious about what I have to leave. Change always involves some sort of loss, and even...

Re-habit Yourself for Success

My spring has sprung today. The first day of spring always catapults me into action as I get ready to discard four months of winter doldrums. Flowers spring forth, so must I.  In addition to the annual clearing out and cleaning up around here, the action I have...

On Loss: Only You Know How You Feel

The word “loss” is pretty much always associated with death. It is the biggest and most traumatic, but there are many other losses we have to adjust to in life. Some are much harder than others, but the process of grief is similar. Sadness or disappointment, maybe...

Another Chance to Improve Your Lot

I love second chances and, in my mind, every Jan. 1st gives me one. It’s so appealing to start fresh, getting another chance to make life easier. If your life is grand already, you can hope that it continues into another year, and maybe tweak it some to make it even...