Fully charged

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People say that darndest things, don’t they? I think that adage is actually about kids, but these days, it seems to apply as much to adults as preschoolers. There are a lot of big, important issues front and center in the world, and tensions are running high. Conversations easily turn into debates, and in the blink of an eye, blur into full-on arguments.

Most of us don’t like arguing, so before things go south, we back away, or avoid the conversation all together. Read More


I feel you

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You know how there are some people who just get on your nerves? Maybe their take on things always seems different than yours, or their communication style is hard to listen to, or maybe they’re just straight up not nice. Sometimes they are regular characters in the sitcom/drama of your life, other times they appear as strangers, talking on their phones too loudly in public or whining about problems you consider to be inconsequential. The point is, you do your best to avoid them, but if they get on your nerves this much, chances are for that some situational reason, you really can’t steer clear of them all the time. Maybe it’s a classmate, co-worker, or even a family member, but there is some external force that makes sure they spend more time in your path than you’d like them to. You may even have a nickname for them – something that captures whatever it is that you find most annoying about them. I have a nickname for them, too. I call them “mirrors.”  Read More


“No-Fail” Friday: Listen up

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I love Friday. Who doesn’t, right? Whether you’ve cleared your desk (never) or you’re taking a few pesky assignments or tasks into the weekend with you (likely), there’s still something so liberating about Friday.

Thing is, I tend to blink my eyes on Friday afternoon and discover that suddenly, it’s Sunday night. That beautiful stretch on my planner with no work meetings or appointments disappeared in a blur of fun with friends mixed with chores and obligations. So much for “quality time,” right?

Here’s an idea. Read More