Mad Love Monday #31

A collection of all of the random things I loved on the internet in the previous week, and why you might love them, too. Or at least crush on them. The Comfort Queen wants to save the world. Apparently it’s catching, because I recently birthed a dream that seems just as impossible. But even if we try and only get halfway there, our efforts will have impact. Here’s a way to look at following your passion, phrased beautifully by Tama Kieves: . . .if you knew where your heart could take you, it wouldn’t even be “practical” to choose practicality. I hadn’t even thought about what I want to happen with my digital presence after I die. I’ve thought about what I want the service to be like and who gets what of my meager possessions, but this post from Gwen Bell made me go hmmm. . . . * * * Have a madly marvelous...

Reframing Hypochondriac

Why do I want to start all of my posts with a sigh? Maybe because a deep breath feels so good and I can’t always take one at will. Maybe because what I want to write about is challenging but necessary. Maybe I have too much to say and worry I won’t be clear. In any case, siiiiggggghhhhhh. I have recently been coming to the conclusion that I need to fully commit to getting gluten out of my diet, at least for a trial period. I’ve suspected that I have a gluten intolerance for a few years and have managed to get a lot of it out of my diet and find some great alternatives, which has been beneficial. Sometimes, however, a strict, full-board cleanse is in order. Here’s why I think I need this: Despite my thyroid levels being optimal, I am still tired beyond tired. I need a nap to recover from showering and eating breakfast, for crying out loud! I’ve had trouble with intestinal pain and bloating for as long as I can remember. Others with gluten intolerance/Celiac’s disease have suggested I might have it. Why I don’t want to do this Well, there’s the obvious: I looooove me some good bread products. It can be hard to find alternatives when eating out or on the go. I don’t want to create a hardship for anyone else, especially my husband as he already has to deal with my pescatarianism. I don’t want to be a hypochondriac! I feel like I’m always healing from something, whether it’s depression, anxiety, hypothyroidism, etc. Aha, sovereignty issues! Even though it...

Mad Love Monday #30

A collection of all of the random things I loved on the internet in the previous week, and why you might love them, too. Or at least crush on them. Breast cancer, funny? No, not exactly, but these celebs tactfully use humor to bring awareness to the importance of breast self-exams. I have to list this post comparing Bruce Lee’s wisdom to blog posts, if only because that’s who my cat is named after. Silly! I want to be silly! Or, as Chief Blisscoverer Briana says, discover the silliness that’s been there all along. * * * Have a madly marvelous...

Friday Wind-Down

Friday!!!! Ah, yes, it’s that magical day of the week. The day we count down to almost as soon as it’s over. The day that always marks the beginning of the weekend, even if our work schedules don’t give us those two days off. Friday, when approached properly, puts us in transition from work to play. As I am my own boss, I can pretty much arrange my workflow any way I want. For me, this means easing into Monday and easing out of Friday. Fridays are for fun and freedom, and I want mine to bring closure to the work week so that I can enjoy my downtime. Ways I do this: Review my week What I accomplished, what’s carrying over to next week, where I am on my projects. As I am still working on building my business, this lets me know in a tangible way that I am moving forward, even if my income isn’t. Filing It’s not exactly fun, but it is freeing. Going into the weekend with a clear inbox just feels good. Especially since my home office is just off the kitchen and I see that inbox frequently. Cutting out early Without feeling guilty! I may not have clients beating down my door just yet, but when I do I will hold onto keeping my afternoons free of appointments. By three o’ clock, I will be done with work and take a nap/read a book/watch tv etc. Start the weekend right Hitting the gym on a Friday evening with the intent to sweat out all the work-week stress and boosting energy for fun...

Blogging Meets My Dammit! List

A Dammit! List (courtesy of the spectacular Havi Brooks at The Fluent Self) is a list of conditions for your life that you are/are not willing to accept. For example: I will eat breakfast everyday, dammit! I will insist on getting enough sleep, dammit! I will be a Cafeteria Catholic (choosing the parts of my religion that I resonate with and leaving the rest. Hmm, I smell another blog post), dammit! See how much fun this is? Recently I’ve decided that I’m ready to re-commit to my blogging. In order to do this, I had to add some blogging conditions to my Dammit! list. Here they are: I will take all the blogging advice out there under consideration, but I will make my own rules about it, dammit! I will write blog posts in 30 minutes or less or more, because what may take other people hours takes less time for me and that doesn’t mean I’m not serious or dedicated, dammit! I will stick to a blogging schedule because I need the structure, but if all I have to blog about that day is my favorite color and it’s not helpful to anyone but me, I will post anyway, dammit! These are in response to the fears that no one will read my blog because it’s not useful enough, that I don’t take it seriously because I don’t spend hours on every post. It also acknowledges that I need structure to be self-disciplined about this. When it comes down to it, life and everything in it (I think) is about learning and growing and helping others with learning...