Five Things To Remember When Life Is Tough

It’s only May and I’ve had enough of the curveballs…(DO YOU HEAR ME, 2017?!)

I’ve been stretched and challenged in ways I didn’t anticipate. I’ve been emotional, more so than usual, and I’ve felt beaten down. There have been feelings of hopelessness and dread. The hardest part of all this isn’t what I’ve gone through and it isn’t the emotions attached to it.

The hardest part has been my inability to choose joy.

Look, you all know that I’m all for riding your feelings, not fighting them. Every feeling is valid and deserves to be felt. However, I also believe that feelings are no place to set up camp.

Feel what you need to feel and MOVE ON. (DO YOU HEAR ME, IDA?!) Continue reading →

How To Get Over A Break Up (In 8 Easy Steps)

It has happened.

You loved someone and they broke your heart. Like smashed it into pieces. Not the Ross and Rachel kind where they yo-yoed each other for ten seasons but the Jack and Rose kind where she let him die. It’s over.

Maybe it was a partner, maybe it was a friend, maybe it was a family member.

Regardless of who did it, it hurts and it sucks and you want to get over it…or maybe you don’t but everyone else is telling you to MOVE ON.

Don’t fear! Advice (in a list format) is here! Continue reading →

I Am Satisfied

More than a few times I’ve felt moved enough to pen a post about not being satisfied. It’s something I constantly tell myself. Well, folks, I’m changing my tune…kinda.

Lately I’ve been feeling…off. If you keep up with my blog, you know I’ve been silent. I blame this little thing called “Writer’s Block”. I haven’t been feeling challenged; I’m itching for some sort of change, something exciting. I don’t know what that is.

I’ve always been this way. As a kid, I moved around quite a bit. This is something I kept up as I got older. While we were finally able to stay in one home, I attended three different high schools because I wanted to. I left Berkeley after my first two years and moved back home. I would ultimately graduate from UCLA.

Change has become such a part of who I am that I didn’t realize it might be a bad thing, this whole “never be satisfied” attitude. Continue reading →

Lessons From My Seven Year Old Nephew

I only have one nephew and he’s the greatest.

He’s adorable and sweet and bold and shy at the same time.

One of my favorite things is when he asks us to come over and play video games. He’ll put his hands behind his back and look up at us with the sweetest smile and he’ll say something like, “I can come over after my _____ game to play video games.” This sweet statement (not question) usually follows an unrelated conversation about something that happened at work. Tact he may not have but drive, he does.

Which brings me to my point… Continue reading →