Category: self improvement

Why I am saying yes to less

Why I am saying yes to less
Yes to less – this is my motto for 2016. Less stuff. Less commitments. Less is more. Why am I saying yes to less? Three reasons: Time Energy Commitment When I say yes to too many things and too much stuff, my time and energy are spread too thinly, and I do not give my... Read more »

What my Fitbit Surge says about why I am always tired

What my Fitbit Surge says about why I am always tired
This blog post is part of ChicagoNow’s monthly Blogapalooz-hour. The entire ChicagoNow community of writers receives a topic to write about at 9pm. We are to write, edit and publish our pieces right at 10pm. Click here to find all the posts from tonight’s event.  Last Friday, I totally splurged on myself and bought a... Read more »

Getting comfortable in my own skin before my 30th high school reunion

Getting comfortable in my own skin before my 30th high school reunion
It’s only 3 weeks until my 30th high school reunion. 30 years! It doesn’t seem possible. It doesn’t seem possible that I’m nearing 48 years old. It doesn’t seem possible that a small group of us managed to make it from kindergarten through high school together and remain friends today. It doesn’t seem possible that... Read more »
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I don't have writer's block, I was building my own computer

I don't have writer's block, I was building my own computer
Back on January 3rd, I wrote about how we had the most expensive light switch installed in our basement storage area. When the guys installing the light switch killed the power with the circuit breaker, then turned it back on again, the motherboard on my PC got fried. I don’t know how that happened, because the... Read more »

Why call it a Bible study when it is really a book study?

Why call it a Bible study when it is really a book study?
Back in  2002, when I was struggling in my faith walk, a friend and neighbor invited me to a Bible study. “A what?” I asked. “A Bible study. You know, where we as women get together, read our Bibles and discuss what God’s telling us in those scriptures.” Oh, that. Having been raised Catholic, I’d... Read more »

A bully's impact 35 years later

A bully's impact 35 years later
I can’t stand bullies, name-calling, dragging people down and hurting people with words; a bully’s impact can linger even 35 years later. Today’s bullies are bigger cowards than the ones I faced in junior high. At least my bully bullied me face-to-face. We didn’t have the internet, social media and cellphones with digital cameras. The... Read more »
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$100 fine for smoking while your kids are in the car with you

According to the 5 NBC Chicago Ward Room, IL State Senator Ira Silverstein wants to put a law in place that could fine parents $100 for smoking while their kids are in the car with them. I am a staunch proponent of smoking bans (most of the time). I am a non-smoker. I grew up... Read more »

Hair is the bane of my existence

Why is hair the bane of my existence? 1. …because I have a tweener with trichotillomania (click to read my ongoing series about her treatment for this hair-pulling disorder). 2. …because I have two pugs that shed more hair in a day than they could possibly regrow, and yet, they are not bald. 3. …because... Read more »

Top 10 reasons to get off my chunky butt and workout

I am a “big” girl. No, I’m NOT big-boned. Bones don’t jiggle. I’m obese. There. I said it. I’m obese, and these are the top 10 reasons to get off my chunky butt and workout: I need to stop knocking the shampoo and conditioner bottles off the shelf thingies with my butt when I turn... Read more »
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Top 10 list of awesome posts for this blog in 2013

One of the challenges of being a blogger is writing consistently. I’ve produced 70 blog posts since July 2013. So, to simplify your reading pleasure, I’ve created two top 10 lists for you. The first top 10 list is my “most read” list according to Google Analytics. So here goes: #10 – I survived returning... Read more »