2017 Reflections

This, my 79th blog post, will be the last addition to the blog in 2017.  It's hard to believe that I started this blog a full YEAR ago, publishing my first 432 words on January 2nd, 2017. As I was re-reading that first post, "The Optimization Operation", I was struck by how much my simple... Continue Reading →

What is Love? (Baby, Don’t Hurt Me)

Robert Frost tells us that the road less traveled makes all the difference.  So many people nod sagely at the Greats when they tell us to be daring, be bold, seize the day!  Yet when it comes to actually doing so, throats are cleared, feet shift uncomfortably, and no one actually makes a move.

The Infamous Flow

Lately I've been perusing the endless possibilities of Bumble.  I've been on several dates, none of which (obviously) have manifested into the love of my life, but they've mostly all been interesting albeit a let down when it doesn't move forward, especially because I actually enjoy meeting random people and hearing their perspective on life.... Continue Reading →

What is Family, Anyway?

The dictionary definition of family is "all the descendants of a common ancestor".  However, this succinct phrasing cannot encompass the true meaning of family; having individuals in your life that you simultaneously love, can't stand, and every other emotion in-between but overall, can't imagine your life without.  Family means...everything.

Loving Life

When we beat ourselves up for every little failure, we can hardly even enjoy the victories we do have because we are focusing on how far we still have to go rather than how far we've come.  I am in no way saying that we should settle into a life of contentment with average and pat ourselves on the back for every mundane "accomplishment".  However, there is sometimes something to be said for making the journey towards your goal the focus rather than the shining, ever-so-far-away end target.

Energy is Everything

You need to be able to recognize when you are on the verge of cracking, and somehow ease off the pressure for a little bit.  Giving yourself a night off from your responsibilities, taking a slow walk with no heart rate goal in mind, indulging in a mid-week glass of wine.  All of the things that we may not allow ourselves to do because we have too many other responsibilities to handle; those are the things that become the most critical tasks when we approach the breaking point.

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