Happiness Life

The absurdity of getting offended.

January 22, 2019

My last post on the Gillette commercial and toxic masculinity prompted some strong responses – which I expected. These are good conversations to have, opportunities to spend some time trying to understand one another. Opportunities to remove emotion and recognize that the conflicting opinions of others are nothing to get worked up about. Our differences are something to celebrate, not fear. What a boring place this would be…

Happiness Life

Maybe we all just need a tootsie roll.

January 18, 2019

In light in the insanity going on around us, I want to share a short, sweet story from my day. As some of you know, I don’t own a television. I made the decision to ditch mine a decade ago and haven’t looked back. The only time I’m really exposed to the news media is when I’m doing cardio at the gym and get sucked into one of…

Confidence Life


January 4, 2019

Several months ago, I was talking with a friend about being “triggered” – that feeling when someone says something to you that brings up strong emotions surrounding past experiences.  Triggers – why we have them and when they occur – are interesting to me.  I’m not generally an emotionally reactive person.  A steady, analytical earth sign, I usually respond to things rationally.  That doesn’t mean I don’t have…

Life writing

Letting go

December 30, 2018

As 2018 wraps up, I’ve spent the last couple days reflecting on the passage of yet another year. Although it seems that each year goes by faster than the previous, the speed of 2018 was extraordinary. Perhaps this is the new normal. Maybe time seems to speed up as I get older to remind me of it’s precious limitation – to help me understand that it is truly…


How marijuana changed my life

November 12, 2018

I just wanted to write a quick post about marijuana and how profoundly it has changed my world.  Seriously. I started experimenting with it more this summer while I was in Colorado and quickly realized what a game changer it was. First off, I’ve never really gotten into smoking pot, probably because I’ve never experienced the “high” that so many people enjoy about it.  To me, pot just…

Advice Life Love

Rendezvous with a sociopath

November 10, 2018

I had a long chat with a dear friend last night who was recently side-swiped by someone who is, at best, a highly dysfunctional human being, and at worst, a sociopath.  I listened as he described the relationship, which had played out over several years.  I empathized deeply as he described his experiences with this master manipulator –  the story all too familiar to me.  Crying to make…

Life Travel

So… I moved. Into a house.

November 6, 2018

You heard (read) that correctly.  I moved.  Into a house.  Like a legitimate adult. Let’s backtrack a bit before we get all huffy and worried about my abandonment of #RVlife.  I’ve got a lot to catch you up on. I’ve been living out all of my gypsy fantasies for the last year and a half, in a wanderlust-filled period of roaming the country in my 21-foot travel trailer…


“Don’t be so forgiving”

September 25, 2018

I’m weaving pics I took from a sunset at Hart Prairie (near Flagstaff, AZ) throughout this post. Last week, during my existential birthday meltdown (what am I doing with my life? Is this where I’m supposed to be at 36? Why am I here????), I reached out to my friend and coach for a lifeline.  We texted briefly in the morning and she was supposed to follow up…


Outing the gremlins and feeling deserving

September 23, 2018

I’ve been dealing with some gremlins the last couple of years.  I like to deal with them privately, you know, under the cloak of night or when I’m alone during long walks in the woods.  I’ve shared some of my struggles with these bad boys on this blog, as well as The Highway and I – particularly with depression, body image, perfectionism, etc.  I’ve really wanted this blog…


Selfie filters and the war on our self-esteem

July 17, 2018

I was mindlessly scrolling through my Facebook feed when I came across a photo of an acquaintance that was unrecognizable.  Her face was so airbrushed, had so much of that glowing hue that we’ve all come to recognize as a selfie filter, that she literally looked like she had no nose. That’s right. Noseless.  In place of her nose were two small, shadowy circles I suspect were nostrils…