THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

I remember what it was like to be so greatly affected by my surroundings, circumstances, and other people’s inability to experience happiness. I have been reminded lately that I am in charge of how I feel, I am in charge of my happiness. Being responsible for oneself seems like an easy concept, but in a…

10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT CANCER SURVIVORS, ME IN PARTICULAR

I’ve been doing some Sunday reading today and came across this article by Dr. Lissa Rankin (@lissarankin) called 10 Things I Learned From People Who Survive Cancer As I read through it, I saw a lot of myself, a 3-year breast cancer survivor, in the list. 1.  Be unapologetically YOU. People who survive cancer tend to get…

GOODBYE, MAYA

This morning, while driving to work, I heard that Dr. Maya Angelou had passed away.  I was deeply saddened.  When I needed a voice of confidence, I discovered her, through the following poem. Rest in peace, Maya. Well done. Phenomenal Woman BY MAYA ANGELOU Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built…

FIRST CLASS VS. COACH AND OTHER TRAVEL THINGS

Last week I was in Philadelphia for a training course, at the end of which, I had to take (and pass) an exam. I won’t know for three weeks whether or not I achieved a passing grade, but I am grateful for the training.  It’s always a good opportunity to take training. On the way…

MAUI AND THE ART OF VACATION

I’ve been back from Maui a couple of weeks now. The jet lag I had was the worst I’ve experienced. As I’m about to embark on a year of moderate travel, I hope the worst has passed. Hawaii was worth every penny.  I arrived close to midnight my time, in the middle of torrential rain…

FEELING WHAT I FEEL

I have been sorting myself out for 45 years. I have found that I have two sides to me that are in constant conflict with each other. Given that my two favorite colors are blue and orange, it shouldn’t be a surprise I view those two sides as fire and water. I am by no…

STORIES TO THE STORYTELLER

Usually people will say to the daughter she will turn into her mother, and for the son, the father. I do find this to be true in many cases. My little brother is not only the spitting image of my dad, I really think he’s a clone.   Instead of turning into my mother, though…

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY (OMAHA!)

In case you haven’t figured it out by now, I am a Peyton Manning fan. I haven’t cheered for the Broncos since Elway won the second of his back-to-back Super Bowls and rode off into the sunset. Today, however, since my favorite quarterback of all time is at the helm of the Broncos and is…

HAPPY

This song is my new theme song for life. Happiness is a choice and I’m choosing it wholeheartedly! If you can sit still or feel down or depressed while listening to this song, you need to go see someone about that! HAPPY – Performed and Written by the phenomenal Pharrell Williams It might seem crazy…

GOAL SETTING, KEEPING IT SIMPLE

RESOLUTION: a firm decision to do or not to do something. – random online dictionary INSANITY: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein This year has been full of challenges, difficulties, and successes.  Two back-to-back surgeries and learning an entirely new job this year has left my well…

The Individualistic Doer

The Individualistic Doer Just goes to show just how much a person can “change,” or crack off enough of what was holding her back to let what was always there shine through. 

OUT OF CONTROL

I have many things in my life that are “out of control.” Ten years ago, that fact would have terrified me and let me straight into a depressive spin. Now, I find that fact so liberating I almost want to bake a vegan cake to celebrate. WEIGHT LOSS: I am down 54 pounds as of…