You’re wasting your energy trying to “deal” with things that have no payoff other than making you utterly unhappy. Why not channel that energy into making things better?
Do you ever feel like you should love something just because everyone else does? Then this post’s for you…
You can’t compare your skills against someone else’s. All that matters is that you do what you were designed to do—and you do the everloving shit out of it.
You don’t have to justify your life to anyone. Only to yourself.
That little patch of life you think is all that’s out there for you? It’s an illusion. Here’s how to break free.
Life at times can be like a treasure hunt. We are all on a journey seeking who we are and trying to find what we are here to do. As we navigate through life, we can give up on the hunt and begin to conform by letting our identities by shaped by what we think […]
There’s a lot of pressure to know what you want to be when you grow up. When you’re five, you might stick to the usual answers like astronaut, doctor, or ballerina. But when you hit high school, the playing field gets a little more vague, and you learn about all the different paths you can […]
I went to art school from the mid ’70s until the early ’80s. In those days, it was standard operating procedure, if you were a painting student, that you were to look down on, or at least askance at, any of the other disciplines that were taught at your school. This especially included—for painters—printmaking and […]
Senior year of high school, I took AP English. For those of you not from the States, Advanced Placement courses are meant to introduce college-level material and workloads to you while you’re still in high school. If you got a high enough score on the final AP exam, you could count that class towards college […]
Who owns your life? I ask this question to myself all the time. My rhetorical question is to remind myself day in and day out that I am in control. That there is no job, no other person, and no outside force that will dictate my life. I own my life. The Never-Ending Journey Of […]
For anyone who works from home, freelances, slashes, hustles, has their own business….or wants to know some of the pains you would go through if you did…I had way too much fun writing this one: 7 Things You Should Never Say to Someone Who Works from Home As always with Brazen posts, please […]
It is with barely repressed *squee* ing that I am thrilled to announce that I’ve been hired on as the new Assistant Editor for Brazen Life! As you may know, I already do bi-monthly posts for Brazen, but now I’ll be getting my hands into the behind-the-scenes stuff: editing posts, contacting media affiliates, moderating comments, […]
It’s that time of year again. The time when I find myself staring longingly at the steps outside City Hall and the railings in the park and wishing I could propel myself off and over them like Spiderman. It’s American Ninja Warrior season, kids, and Cordelia is hankering to be a parkour badass. Grover Arms […]
(In which I use an innocent moment of small talk to launch into a small rant about aspirations.) A while back, I did a survey asking you guys what you wanted to see more of at CCIQ. One of the overwhelming votes was for more personal anecdotes from my day to day life. I […]
I grew up in a very rural, very traditional community of about 250 people. I never did anything without first thinking, “How’s this gonna look?” or “What will the neighbors think?” It was just the way I was raised, with the knowledge that people were always watching, always remembering who you were, what you did, […]
Hear ye, hear ye! It is with great pleasure that I would like to announce I’ve officially taken the first step on the road to ultimate freelance freedom: I’ve requested one day off work each week to focus more on my writing—and my boss agreed to it! This is a step I’ve been contemplating for […]
I realized the other day that I have no way of displaying guest posts on this blog. Since my first guest post happened shortly after CCIQ launched, many of you may never have seen it–which is a shame, because I was quite pleased with it, if I may say so myself. I also have a […]
The Way Things Are is, quite frankly, a shitty story to live by. So why do so many of us resign ourselves to it?
I’m not too enthused about the idea of living my life as a series of checkpoints and to-dos.Especially when they’re someone else’s