In my first improv class my teacher sat ten of us down in a circle and asked what we had done creatively during the last week. The other class members, seemed to have lists of items to share; however, I was coming up blank. The next week she asked again. Uh-oh. It was clear that I was going to be … Continue reading How have you been creative this week?
I have had several moments when I having been feeling down since I have gone back to work and been spending less time with my daughter. Something that's really helped me turn this around is that I have realized how Maggie is the ultimate motivator for getting anything done and for getting my own life … Continue reading What’s your motivating factor?
Lately I have been trying to make some changes in how I spend my time at home. I was getting down in the dumps about having so little time with my daughter during the week and having the evenings after putting Maggie to bed seemingly get sucked up with a bit of TV, cleaning up … Continue reading How can we make better choices in our daily routines?
I gave my fifth toastmasters speech last week and it was my first speech that I executed without any notes. I was excited and nervous. My speech was meant to be entertaining and informative on a simple topic (the power of mm-hmm). With my crutch removed, I felt liberated but I felt like I was … Continue reading Let go of a crutch and get liberated
On Monday morning I woke up to the jarring realization that I had completely forgotten my friend’s baby shower on Saturday. It completely slipped my mind. Thankfully, this sort of thing does not happen to me very often because I am usually working very hard to avoid the feelings of guilt and shame that began … Continue reading Should we tell a white lie to save face and protect those around us?
Around the house I am often asking Dave for help with something that I cannot quite fix. I sometimes hesitate out of concern that I am going to break it (with my brute strength apparently) and I do not force objects where they do not seem to want to go. When I call on Dave, he … Continue reading Sometimes you just gotta muscle through it
When I hit 30 my PMS began to become an out of body experience. I would hear myself muttering discontents and wonder who was this person who had taken over my body for 12 hours? I started to wonder: Why can’t this happen while I am sleeping? PMS is certainly not an excuse for behaving badly. … Continue reading Why is it hard to kick a habit that we know is hurting us?
This winter I was feeling like my writing in the morning was frivolous. It was a morning ritual that I had developed after reading Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way at Work more than six years ago: sit, drink my coffee, write. Dave had started to get up early and go to the gym every day; … Continue reading Does following our purpose help to ground us?
When we moved into our two bedroom house, we had great aspirations for our second bedroom. We had coined it the Swiss room, because, like a Swiss army knife, we would use it for so many different activities: guest bed, music, office, storage, yoga. Alas, instead it has evolved into an island of misfit toys. … Continue reading If you got one thing done today, what would you want it to be?
I was sitting on the couch watching Dave awkwardly pulling two bottles out from the liquor cabinet to reach for one behind. Our floors are ceramic. All I could see was the two bottles slipping from his hands and exploding onto the floor. It is clearly my superpower to see these events happening. Melissa: Would … Continue reading How to balance trusting your partner with having their back