a recommitment to slowing down

A few weeks ago I made my first trip to Illinois. We spent a couple of days in Chicago, but the real purpose of the trip was to attend my husband’s grandmother’s memorial in Putnum, Illinois. His maternal side of the family comes from a long line of corn and soy bean farmers – I’m […]

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find what makes you happy and do more of that

It’s funny – I think life has a way of making us forget what makes us happy and remember all too well what doesn’t. It’s easy to feel discouraged and down in the dumps and convince ourselvesย we’ve got to accept our current set of circumstances. But…what if we didn’t? I shared how I’ve been feeling […]

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the architect

I’m pretty sureย certain I’ve spoken numerous times about the contradiction that is my brain and the anxiety that courses through it and my efforts to battle/live through/survive it. I even took a personality test, not once, but twice (because how could this be true??), and came out with this personality: Architect: INTJ-T, which apparently only […]

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slowing down

This week has felt exceptionally long. And I have felt exceptionally tired. I’m assuming it’s a culmination of several things that have all attributed to this longest week in existence. I last talked about the winter/new year blues setting in and searching for ways to combat it. Being stuck in an office all day doesn’t […]

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the pursuit of happiness

“It’s easy to be miserable. Being happy is tougher. And cooler.” – Thom Yorke I saw a poster with this quote via Instagram several weeks ago. And boy is it the truth. It’s so, so easy for me to feel annoyed, angry, and anxious, and sometimes, it’s a whole lot of work to just let […]

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self love

I don’t know if this is news or not, but I’m a pretty very self-conscious person. Always have been. And self-consciousness and insecurity breeds shyness – something I’ve been affected by my whole life. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to get a little bit of a hold on it: forcing myself to speak up […]

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on taking risks

I have always been the by the book, do-gooder, never take any uncalculated (not a word) risks, worry wart. Always. And I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it on this blog, but I suffer from a lot of anxiety. Even I know it’s absurd to get anxious about asking the drive-thru employee for a […]

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