• Identity, Values, & Worth

    On Being Real

    I’ve played the game. I’ve attempted to do all of the things that others say are “best practices” (do this, not that), and I’ve carefully organized my information, and only shown what (supposedly) needs to be shown.   And I was miserable. I was dizzy from all of the conflicting advice. One site said to do it this way, while another said that that way is wrong, and I should do it the opposite way. No one could seem to agree. My gut led me here … to radical authenticity, regardless of what “they” say. People can always sense when you’re putting on a “mask”, or pretending, or trying to…

  • Identity, Values, & Worth,  Leveling Up

    Essentialism: A Review & Thoughts

    I finished reading “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by Greg McKeown*, a bit ago (thanks to seeing that one of my favorite bloggers had it on her shelf), and I’m soooo glad I checked it out! It was exactly what I needed to read. However, the book has also sent me into a bit of a questioning place, as well — which, I suppose, is the point. The basic premise of the book is “Less, But Better“. Essentialism is not a finite action or a single decision to live with less. Becoming an Essentialist means embracing a lifestyle to always seek out what truly matters and let go of everything…

  • Identity, Values, & Worth

    Who Says?

    Have you ever gotten into something, realized it wasn’t the greatest fit for you, and then… accepted your fate and stayed put? Maybe you thought it was the “responsible” thing to do, or that, since you’d already invested this much time in it, you may as well keep going. But, what if I told you that it was okay to quit — to let it go? So often, we blindly follow rules and perform actions without questioning why. We accept that things just are the way they are, because that’s how it’s “always been”, or we do things a certain way because it’s what is “expected”. The problem is, we…

  • Identity, Values, & Worth

    Do We Have These in Common?

    Just for fun, let’s see how many things we have in common, shall we?   STATIONARY STORE JUNKIE I absolutely love stationary stores! One of my earliest memories includes going to the stationary store with my Dad, and watching as he chose new markers (Dad was a sketch artist for the police department, back then). He had a whole bin full of different markers at home, and I do believe I got my love of browsing these stores from him. PEN PARTICULARS I’m very particular about the pens I use. My favorites are the Bic Cristal (usually blue). They write smoothly, don’t usually leave any smudges or ink drops, and they’re…