When you literally can’t afford to be afraid anymore…

I have to say, I'm glad I tried out a "financial diet" recently, and at least that first week went well and I learned from it, because I'm going to have to stretch that initial week into a habit for at least the rest of the year. To the curious, I've had a lot on … Continue reading When you literally can’t afford to be afraid anymore…

Old Habits Die Hard… like really, really, really bloody hard, if they die at all…

I've drifted away from the computer for a while trying to fix things (including said computer) and take a realistic look at things. "Trying" being the misnomer of that sentence, because the things I needed to do most of all were on my mind, and I might've tackled them a few minutes at a time... … Continue reading Old Habits Die Hard… like really, really, really bloody hard, if they die at all…

Q #130: If quarantine protesters are all about THEIR state’s rights, why wave Trump 2020 or Confederate battle flags?

(image from michiganadvance.com, Anna Liz Nichols) I hope these protests against lock-down go away quickly, and then the people can go home and stop prolonging the quarantine. You can't do what you're doing and expect things to clear up quicker, especially when you're blocking access to the institutions that need to keep working to do … Continue reading Q #130: If quarantine protesters are all about THEIR state’s rights, why wave Trump 2020 or Confederate battle flags?

Well, Hobby Lobby is shut down for a while… & I’m amazed that I don’t care.

I know that many locations closed down in March because they were forced to by state regs. The Hobby Lobby nearest to me closed last Saturday. I was there the Friday before for a few things I couldn't find elsewhere, and was gonna get some bandannas for extra face protection so I didn't have to … Continue reading Well, Hobby Lobby is shut down for a while… & I’m amazed that I don’t care.

#110– Why do some businesses indicate “Christian” in their advertising? What’s the point of that?

This one I've wondered about a while, but it really hit me when I was driving to my music lesson yesterday morning. I saw a couple of billboards on my hour-drive out that featured some services. One was a roofing company that didn't specifically say "Christian," but the name referenced Old Testament ritual (not going … Continue reading #110– Why do some businesses indicate “Christian” in their advertising? What’s the point of that?

Recapturing dreams when all is so uncertain.

After a crazy week, that's just one among many this crazy summer, and leaving the office over an hour and a half late tonight... let's just say I'm doing some careful thinking again. My bizarre summer schedule will only get more bizarre for the next couple of weeks until things have calmed down and we're … Continue reading Recapturing dreams when all is so uncertain.

#075–Why are Job Search Websites so NOT Helpful… or is it the Employers Posting the Jobs That Make Them Seem That Way?

I've spent the past few days on several job sites, and I'm getting more and more annoyed each time I sit at the computer and try every combination of keyword and such that I can think of. Maybe I'm picky, or maybe I'm too broad in my thinking, but my results aren't terribly helpful. I'm … Continue reading #075–Why are Job Search Websites so NOT Helpful… or is it the Employers Posting the Jobs That Make Them Seem That Way?

#074–How do you get over the fear of losing your job?

Before I left work today, I decided to go full-throttle into looking for full-time jobs that would help me improve my skills and build my self-esteem (and be workable in the sense that I could plan around them far easier). I have this odd relationship with work. I'm growing to despise my job, though I … Continue reading #074–How do you get over the fear of losing your job?

#065–How much crap are service people supposed to take from customers?

I've never really understood why somebody would deliberately make somebody else's life a living hell, but I see it more often than not in the few times and places I've dined out and shopped at. True Story: Several Thanksgivings ago, my dad was in the hospital and my aunt, uncle, and cousin had come down … Continue reading #065–How much crap are service people supposed to take from customers?

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, by Amy Cuddy

My Copy: 9780316256575 (image from goodreads.com) Well, somehow I knew I'd enjoy the hell out of reading this book. It's about 300 pages long, and while that might be a little off-putting for some casual readers, it's really a book full of useful, practical wisdom about our own presence in the world and how to … Continue reading Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, by Amy Cuddy