January is Not My New Year

January 18, 2018 /

After reading post after post, year after year, about goals and resolutions and starting fresh in the new year, I have had a much needed realization. January is a terrible time for me to start anything and I am doing myself a disservice by believing otherwise.   From now on,…

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The Day I Stopped Eating Potatoes

January 8, 2018 /

I grew up primarily in southwestern Pennsylvania and like many families in the area, potatoes were a big part of family meals, especially dinners. I never particularly cared for potatoes but in my house you ate what you were served.   Mashed, scalloped, twice baked, you name it, we had…

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What Does Vulnerability Feel Like?

What Does Vulnerability Feel Like?

December 10, 2017 /

Until this weekend I thought I understood what vulnerability feels like. I didn’t. I didn’t have a clue.   I noticed a lot of new readers coming to my site over the past few days, thanks to the lovely blog Cup of Jo sharing my post on Friday, and my…

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Do You Ever Travel Alone?

September 16, 2017 /

I am currently enjoying a nice weekend away from home alone, which is a rare occurrence now that I am married. I can hear the water lapping up on the shores of Lake Erie and other than the music being pumped outside along the boardwalk below me, it’s perfect. (Why…

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What 3 Things Are You Looking Forward To?

August 18, 2017 /

Years ago a friend showed me an article about the benefits of having something to look forward to. It said you should have at least 3 things planned that you are excited about. For a few years after reading that article I was pretty good about keeping a list of…

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Move the Coat Rack: A Reminder of the Importance of Your Environment

July 2, 2017 /

I remember the first day of one of my first Psychology classes during my undergraduate studies. The Professor told a story about a little girl running into the house everyday, taking off her coat, stretching her arm out to reach the coat rack without stopping, missing, and her coat falling…

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What Do You Do?

June 28, 2017 /

A few months ago my husband and I went out to dinner with a nice couple we had just met. The conversation was the easy getting to know each other kind. Where are you from? Where do you work? What brought you to Pittsburgh? After about an hour we were asked, “So,…

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How My New Glasses Helped Me See

June 22, 2017 /

Until yesterday, the last time I bought new eyeglasses was about 10 years ago. My girlfriend and I had the same vision insurance and we made a day of going to Costco to shop and pick out new frames together. I would say I liked them, but I didn’t love…

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Anxiety Rules

February 10, 2017 /

I went to the trail a few days ago for the first time in, let’s just say, awhile. As I was at home getting ready I started to feel strange. I was hurrying for no reason and could not decide what to wear. I slipped my shoes on my feet…

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My Year of Balance

January 2, 2017 /

I didn’t give the year 2016 a word, in fact I have never given a year a word before, but looking back it was the year of change. I sold a house, I moved to a new city, I bought a house, and got married. It was a lot of change,…

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