https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fVT2tMZTZs&t= Can you expect the best, even in the worst? Can you expect the best all the time? Is it possible to retrain yourself from a "glass half empty" mindset to a "glass half full" mindset? Yes, it is. I lived through incredible tragedy, my husband's addiction and a seizure disorder, but I found a … Continue reading Train Yourself to Expect the Best
There was a boy on the side of the road today on his knees, his hands in his hair, desperation and shame on his face. His car sat before him, smashed and mangled, gnarled into itself. I only saw his eyes for a moment as I passed, yet still they haunted me. I wanted to … Continue reading To the Boy Who Crashed His Car Today
Five years ago, I didn't have a future. I had an addict for a husband, chaos for a life, food stamps for groceries, and three small children. I had dreams, but they seemed impossible given all those other things I just mentioned. When I asked my husband to leave, I lost everything...again. For the three-thousandth … Continue reading I Lost Everything…And Got It All Back: We Survived America’s Opioid Crisis
It’s all about how you see yourself. When you were younger, how did you picture yourself now? What was the vision you had of the person you’d be now? If you stop & think about it, are you kind of already that person? Maybe you wanted to be a writer, and now, you write at … Continue reading “It’s All About How You See Yourself”
There's information all over the internet about how to overcome challenges, how to be successful, how to stay motivated, how to cope with loss. But, they're sanitized, and often aimed at some sweeping happy ending. Our uncanny inclination to focus on the positive often glosses over how do we actually, step by step, get up and rise again after a fall? I think what we need more of is seeing behind the curtain, behind the facade. What are the real struggles our friends and family face? What do they wrestle with daily? What challenges do they face, and how do they get through them?