Life Lessons Learned from Travel Anxiety

Airplane travel sign

I have a serious love/hate relationship with traveling. On one hand, I love going to new places, getting out of my routine. I also love flying. On the other hand, I get extreme anxiety from going through security lines, managing boarding passes and managing the to and from details of an airport.

And it’s not just flying, although that’s probably the worst of it. I love road trips but hate sitting in the car for hours at a time. I think travel is amazing and yet packing sends me into a panicked frenzy that affects anyone who gets near me.   Continue reading

Single Shaming. Can we knock it off already?

Single man staring at landscape

Single shaming is a bit of a tongue twister for me. It also happens to get my blood boiling. If you haven’t heard the term before, you might assume it’s a product of the over-sensitive and easily offended. As someone who doesn’t consider herself overly sensitive, easily offended, nor single, I can assure you it’s real and it’s time we stop doing it.

Single shaming usually starts innocently enough with asking a question like, “Are you seeing anyone?” These tactics are  primarily focused on women. It absolutely happens to men, but it’s not as prevalent. Continue reading

What Are You Afraid Of?

not afraidI subscribed to a writing prompt service a little while back and it has generated some of the most interesting thought experiments for me. As I’ve been a little bit of a slacker with publishing lately, you won’t have seen them but I’ve got about 7 drafts right now that have come from using Daily Page.

Daily Page is a writing prompt that encourages you to write daily and offers prompts. It’s got a very clean and easy platform for writing and provides stats on your frequency if you use their platform. You can mark you writings public or private and read the public writings of others using the service. I don’t post on the platform since I have this blog, but I’m also not publishing on the blog since I seem to get all my drafts to 75% complete before getting distracted. My new goal is to actually get to the point where I publish those drafts. I’ll probably forget that goal in about 10 minutes.

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Finally Friday And I’ve Got Good News!

Friday celebration time! Not only is it Friday but it’s also the Friday before I take a week off! It’s been years since I’ve taken a week long vacation.  I’m beyond excited. I’m beyond freaked out. I’ve managed to exhaust myself with all the feelings.

This past week has been a lot of pivoting between stress over leaving work, stress over leaving my team to tackle my workload, excitement about not being at work, guilt over not being at work, excitement Continue reading

Who is that girl in the mirror? Oh right, me. Awesome!

Feet with heart on it

I am a frequent gym attendee. I don’t exactly know how that happened as I hate working out but by some small miracle, I found my sweet spot. Most days, this means I spend my time focused on just getting through the workout (because I still hate it). Yesterday though, I spent too much time looking at the girl in the mirror and breaking her down. It’s not a good feeling. Continue reading