Evolution Favors The Immoral

While driving with my boyfriend the other day, we encountered a half-dozen idiots on the road. Within a five minute stretch, we were almost hit by a series of street racers flying by at 110 miles per hour, cut off twice, and flipped off by a crazy dog lady for, presumably, going only 15 miles... Continue Reading →

The Rash On My Leg Is Just Fine, Kid

When was the first time you had an experience and walked away thinking, oh my goodness, I am so old? After years of making comments about "young people today," I think I just crossed the chasm between young woman and mature lady. For the last several years, my immune system has been going haywire. I'm... Continue Reading →

It Take Just One Person To Inspire Change

The other night, my boyfriend attended the community homeowner's association meeting. An older gentleman approached him at the end of the meeting and said, "This is the best HOA board I have ever seen. Thank you." During my boyfriend's 18 years of ownership (and my 7 years of residence), the HOA has been nothing short... Continue Reading →

8 Underrated Skills & Traits

Yesterday, I shared some thoughts on the importance of effort and skills in achieving success. So, I thought I would elaborate on that post with some less obvious skills and traits one might acquire to better situate themself on the path to success. 8 Underrated Skills & Traits 1. Reading comprehension Develop an expansive vocabulary,... Continue Reading →

The Space of Possibility

My journal ran out of blank pages this week, so I sent my boyfriend to retrieve some things from the condo. He donned the P3 respirator and goggles, and went inside. When he emerged, he was not carrying any of the items I had requested. He found the blank moleskin notebooks I collect each Christmas,... Continue Reading →

Letting Go

This week, we learned that we will likely be losing our home. Well, it's not quite that simple. Our HOA sent a third-party mold tester to our home last week. We sent him inside to do his thing and waited patiently outside in the 118° heat. He drilled dozens of holes in the drywall, took... Continue Reading →

2022 Word of the Year: Creativity

For the last eleven years, I've spent late-December pondering the successes and lessons of the past year, along with what my hopes are for the year to come. It has always been a powerful and grounding exercise, whether the year has been incredible or a nightmare. A word can't be "broken" in the way that... Continue Reading →

No Failure is Final

It's early December and my mind is bursting with inspiration, gratitude, and hope. I've just emerged from a month-long energy slump and am chomping at the bit to play catch-up. The final month of the year, at least in recent years, has been fraught with tension. Seven years ago this month, my cousin passed away;... Continue Reading →

Always Ask For More

I like my job. I like the people I work with. I like the projects I'm assigned. I like the convenience of working from home indefinitely. What I don't like is that I was brought on with the promise of rapid advancement and, nearly three years later, I'm in the same position any barely enough... Continue Reading →

How To Cope With Distant Tragedies

Five years ago, I stumbled across a news article. A teenage boy in some distant rural town had been bullied relentlessly for years and couldn't take it anymore. One day, he took his dad's rifle off to a far corner of their property and took his own life. I didn't know that young man and... Continue Reading →

Forgotten Acts of Kindness

My boyfriend ventured to our local farmer's market to pick up our produce for the week. On this particular Saturday, the market manager called him aside to ask where I was, to make sure I was okay as I hadn't been in several weeks. I was at home, he explained, as I am at higher... Continue Reading →

2021 Word of the Year

For the last ten years, I spend late-December or early-January pondering what has gone well in the past year, along with what my hopes are for the year to come. It has always been a powerful and grounding exercise, whether the year is the best yet or a complete dumpster fire. A word can't be... Continue Reading →

Covid Struck, But It’s Gonna Be Alright

The last two weeks have been perpetual progression of fear, mundanity, loneliness, and momentary bursts of nervous joy. Quite frankly, I'm exhausted. I wake up with the sun each morning and then anxiously wait half the day for a good morning text from across the house. Covid symptoms are neither linear nor predictable. My better... Continue Reading →

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