Hannele and the Hummingbird

Today I am trying something different. I have done a video for this week’s post! In it, I explain the title of these week’s post (and horribly mispronounce Hannele’s name, I’m sure.)  I also admit to being a little jeals of Liz Gilbert’s mad success as a writer. I even read one of my poems! […]

Learned Fearlessness

If you’ve ever taken a psychology class you’ve probably heard about Martin Seligman’s theory of learned helplessness. Essentially, the idea is that over time, if one experiences painful events that are out of one’s control, eventually one stops even trying to avoid the incident. Characteristics of learned helplessness include decreased motivation and negative emotions like sadness […]

This Time Last Year or An Appreciation of Progress

I just got back from my second barre class. You’re supposed to feel like this: But I feel like this: Yes, that is a sloth climbing a tree. Seriously guys, within 5 minutes I am dripping sweat and within 20 I am nauseous and looking at the clock to see how much longer I have until the […]

My Wish: On Bravery and Dreams

I love to write.  It’s that simple. This blog is about my lifelong journey as a writer, but also about my quest for bravery. I have struggled and fallen many, many times. I have been divorced twice. I have filed bankruptcy. I have left jobs and careers with nothing on the horizon other than a […]

On Following Your Dreams: not everyone will understand and that’s OK

    I’m always drawn to the articles in magazines that profile women who left their jobs to pursue their dreams of farming lavender in Provence or operating a cooking school in Tuscany. The true-life tales of women who made a big career change when they realized their job no longer fulfilled them. The ones who […]

Just When You Think You Have a Plan…

I have been working diligently for the past couple of months, working on getting past my internal barriers to success (by my definition). I enlisted a life coach, did my homework, made some breakthroughs and feel like I have a much clearer sense of purpose. My purpose in life is to stay present, curious, grateful, and […]