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What a difference a Year makes

"Women are like tea bags, you never know how strong they are until they're in hot water" For the past year, the same song has been on loop in my head.  Not the whole song, just the chorus, and not all day, just in the first quiet moments of the morning.  The song is Ooh… Continue reading What a difference a Year makes

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Party of One

I talk a big game, but some days are harder than others.  Some days people and places can fly by me and not even cause a ripple.  Other days, places, people, memories, dates can really send me into a full-blown pity-party. Today was one of those days.  For a number of reasons I shan't go… Continue reading Party of One

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Cleaning Therapy

 When I first moved out into my own place and was setting up solo housekeeping last December, I was in the early stages of grief.  When I am stressed, agitated, anxious, or just hyper I have discovered that cleaning, purging and organizing are my best friends.  So I got into the habit real quick of doing… Continue reading Cleaning Therapy

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Finding my way back to Gratitude

I feel like it's been a minute since I've moved through life with a sense of gratitude.  I used to have something I called a Blessings Jar.  It was an empty mason jar that I kept on my desk, and when something happened that was a blessing; either to me, or someone else, I would jot… Continue reading Finding my way back to Gratitude

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No Dating Zone

I did a thing today.  I deleted my dating apps.  I'll admit, it was kind of fun seeing all the men who hit "Like" on my photo, and I have probably benefitted in the self esteem department from it.  I had to be honest with myself though, I have no interest in dating or even… Continue reading No Dating Zone

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Messages, Tests & The Plan

You may be surprised to learn that my 20 year marriage, you know...the one that just imploded 9 months ago wasn't my first marriage.  Back in 1989 I eloped just 8 days after high school graduation to Las Vegas with my then boyfriend....lets be honest, my drug dealer...and was married in a tiny chapel on… Continue reading Messages, Tests & The Plan

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No Contact

I never know what is going to inspire me to write on a subject.  I got home earlier today from my Girlfriend Getaway mini-vacation and am really tired, possibly a little (more than possibly) hung over, so even though I thought about trying to write something for the blog, I hadn't been hit by the… Continue reading No Contact

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Compassion Fatigue

Today was a challenging day in my professional life.  I felt like I just got hit with one person or situation after another who needed my help, my compassion, direction or just an ear to listen.  At the end of the day, I left feeling really spent and very fatigued. Anyone who works in the… Continue reading Compassion Fatigue

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Firsts

Adulting can be bitter-sweet sometimes.  Outside of my day job, I'm also a makeup artist on the side and I am honored to be doing my friends makeup for her wedding in a couple of months. This will be my first wedding since the divorce and to be honest, I hadn't really thought this all the way through.  The idea of a wedding makes… Continue reading Firsts

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Gaslighting & Boats

I started to write about Gaslighting this morning, and I spent about an hour on it, but it just wasn't feeling right.  It wasn't sounding like my voice.  So I scrapped it.  But the topic is an important one and I felt it was something I wanted to share. Gaslighting for those who aren't familiar… Continue reading Gaslighting & Boats