If you notice any of these warning signs creeping into your periphery, take heed — you’re on the way to Burnout City. Here’s how to escape.
Sometimes you face a full system shutdown. And the only way to get yourself up and running again is to set yourself to limited capacity.
A little while back, my father-in-law threw a surprise party for my mother-in-law’s birthday. It was meticulously planned. He left those of us on the party prep team a thorough list of to-dos to tackle while he distracted the birthday girl elsewhere. From which candles needed to be lit in which rooms to where to […]
Living a truly “successful” life—the kind you’re glad to have—isn’t about being able to Do All The Things. It’s about being able to Do The Things That Matter.
No day will ever be without its distractions, emergencies, and other general pains in the arse. And the sooner you accept that, the better.
Forget the iOS install and focus on the huge problem illustrated by this user: He’s on vacation in AFRICA — a foreign continent — and can’t find anything to do without his iPad. There isn’t one single compelling thing to do in all of Africa? ~We’ve Cured Boredom and That’s Not Good, Unclutterer When […]
Think about the kind of person you aspire to be. What words come to mind? Patient? Kind? Loving? Kickass? What about super freakin’ busy ohmygod what day is it? No? O.k., then let’s imagine you’re setting your best friend up on a blind date with someone. How would you describe her to her potential soul […]
If worrying were a sport, I’d totally make the U.S. Olympic team. It’s an annoying talent to have, but a lifetime of practice means I’m pretty much a champion at sustaining stress. Examples from my life abound. I was almost completely silent—like, I didn’t talk to anyone—for two straight weeks leading up to cheerleading tryouts […]
It is done. Eight ½ years after purchasing him—approximately 2 ½ years after making my last financing payment—Mortimer, my dearly beloved 2004 Hyundai Elantra, is taking a trip to go live with a friend of mine. (Which is a great way for the deal to go down, as a) I know he’ll be in good […]
They say that childhood, especially your school years, are the happiest years of your life. Often, I wonder who the hell “they” are and what “they” know. One of my most powerful memories of my childhood was going to see a Phil Collins concert with Mum and Dad in my first year of high school. […]
My name is Cordelia, and I am a hustleraholic. But not for long…
“Buildings and bridges are made to bend in the wind. To withstand the world, that’s what it takes. All that steel and stone is no match for the air, my friend. What doesn’t bend, breaks. What doesn’t bend, breaks…” ~Ani Difranco, “Buildings & Bridges” The secret to a structure that can withstand an earthquake, […]
In which my subconscious tells me that too much of a good thing is still too much.
We have enough to worry about and deal with in the here and now. Why borrow trouble from the future, especially when it might not even materialize?
Whatever your personal feelings might be for the polar-bear-random, time-shifting awesomeness that was Lost (clearly I was a fan), it was a show that explored many deep philosophical and moral issues. You could draw any number of lessons and personal revelations from each episode. But lately, it’s actually a short little clip from the very […]
On wacked-out dreams, ridiculous expectations, and learning to delight in living imperfectly.
Today’s Brazen Life post comes to you courtesy of my decade-plus (dear god) of experience as a personal/administrative/executive assistant. If I’ve learned anything from this illustrious line of work, it’s how to make things run as smoothly as possible, keep the chaos to a minimum, and make everyone’s lives easier. Nicely enough, this also translates […]
I’m your average multitasking, career building, caffeine addicted 20-something woman. In other words, I have a tendency of putting way too much pressure on myself…for everything. Pressure to find the perfect job. Pressure to make a living from my passions. Pressure to stay healthy. Pressure to support myself entirely, both financially and emotionally, without the […]
credit: Leeni! (license) I don’t know if it’s ever happened to you, but every once in a while, the corner of my eye will start twitching. It happens maybe once a month or once every two months, completely at random, and it goes away after a minute or so. Except for the last time it […]
[Part of my mission to “live deliberately” involves ruthlessly cutting out anything that saps my time, energy or money to no good end. I’m calling these things my “Quits,” and this is one of the many things that have found themselves on my Quits List.] People at my office like to keep me informed of […]