I cried the other day. Not the beautiful, tragic tears we've come to believe is the only 'right' way to cry. This was an ugly cry. A cry I had no idea was in me. Looking back now I understand that I haven't been myself for a month or so. I just thought I was…Read more The Benefit of a Good Cry
I feel like a fraud. Like a failure. Like I'm just pretending to have it all together. I write quite a bit about emotional intelligence and stability so when I lost it a few times over the past couple of weeks I felt guilty and had a deep sense of shame. I hadn't realized that…Read more Life Happens
After reading Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday I knew his next book Stillness is the Key would likely hit me just as hard if not harder. I was right. Tears were flowing on and off almost from the very first page. Tears of relief. Tears of long-awaited validation. I have been searching for…Read more *Review* Stillness is the Key – Ryan Holiday
Can you feel it? The anger. People seething. Spewing self-righteous hatred either in person or online. Maybe it's just me. All I know is that it hurts my heart. People who otherwise say they are nice, kind are saying and posting such awful things. Wishing the worst for people. Do these people deserve to be…Read more Places We’d Rather Not Go
I put off reading Ego is the Enemy for as long as I could. I knew there would be things in the book that would act like a mirror, showing me areas where I let my ego get the best of me. I knew it would sting. And it did... I've said and done things…Read more *Review* Ego is the Enemy – Ryan Holiday
So, I fell again the other day while R.J., my husband, and I were walking in the park. I'm no stranger to falling. In fact, I usually fall at least once a year for one reason or another. The other day it was due simply to not watching where I was going. My ankle twisted…Read more My Own Worst Enemy
Change is hard. Change is impossible when it comes to other people. We can only change ourselves and that is only after an extreme amount of effort, more often than not. So why do most of us feel the need to confront others? Maybe it's just me. Maybe I'm the only one who used to…Read more Meaningless Confrontation
How's everybody doing? Has the reality of our current situation hit home yet? Do you start to twitch just thinking about reading or listening to the news? Yeah, me too. Then R.J. sent this article to me, I took a deep breath, and remembered I don't need to lose my shit just because the world…Read more Uncontrollable Externals
I never knew Snoopy was such a stoic bad ass until I found this little gem on Pinterest the other day. I thought it was such a great reminder that I shared it on all of my social media pages, including my private family Facebook page. I thought for sure someone would share my enthusiasm…Read more Be Yourself!
It's been a while since I've written or read about stoicism but with all the craziness going on right now I thought this quote was a great reminder. Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. Marcus Aurelius We get so crazy busy and distracted…Read more Opinion, Not Fact. Perspective, Not Truth.