How To Respond To Things That One Should Never Say To an Introvert

"...What happens to me when I’m provoked is that I get tongue-tied and my mind goes blank. Then I spend all night tossing and turning trying to figure out what I should have said." ~ Kathleen Kelly, You've Got Mail, 1998 I wonder how many introverts nodded in agreement upon hearing Ms. Kelly explain this … Continue reading How To Respond To Things That One Should Never Say To an Introvert

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Important Truths About Life Through the Eyes of an Introvert

"Solitude matters and for some people it's the air they breathe." - Susan Cain The word "introvert" unlocked a new realm of understanding when it replaced the words "shy" and "quiet" in my list of traits. I spent my childhood and much of my adulthood feeling misunderstood and out-of-place in many situations and I thought it was me. Well, it was me, but I thought it … Continue reading Important Truths About Life Through the Eyes of an Introvert

What Relationship Advice Articles Never Taught Me

I've read what seems like a gazillion "How to be irresistible to the opposite sex" articles. You know the articles I mean. They draw us in, making us believe that we will finally know the SECRET to attracting a partner. With great anticipation, we read. With greater anticipation, we apply our new-found knowledge, only to … Continue reading What Relationship Advice Articles Never Taught Me

How I’ve Survived One-Sided Relationships

I've been here before. At my desk. Staring at a blank screen. Waiting for the right words to accurately describe my anxiety so that you, my reader, understand. I know I'm not alone. I also know what's giving me anxiety. It took me a while to figure it out, but I did. My anxiety stems from the … Continue reading How I’ve Survived One-Sided Relationships

The Truth About Being a Caregiver

I always knew I wanted to be a writer...but I didn't always know my life's purpose. When I was at my lowest point, I felt angry at God for what I thought he "allowed" me to go through. I didn't understand what I'd done to endure such suffering at the hands of someone who abused … Continue reading The Truth About Being a Caregiver

What Nobody Tells Us About Parenthood

If I could go back to when I was a new mother and tell my younger, less experienced self anything, it would be that even veteran mothers often feel like failures. We learn from our children as we ~ and they ~ age, but there are still times when we find ourselves at a complete … Continue reading What Nobody Tells Us About Parenthood

What They Don’t Tell You About Moving Away From Home

When I was in my late teens / early 20's, I couldn't wait to leave Louisiana. I wanted to live in England. I thought it would be cool to have a slight British accent. I wanted to absorb as much of the British culture as possible and come back home an honorary Brit, just so … Continue reading What They Don’t Tell You About Moving Away From Home

Finding the Courage To Share Your Story

"How do you share such personal, detailed information in your blogs?" I admit, it was terribly daunting at first, particularly after going to great lengths to hide my online posts from my ex-husband. He took immense pleasure in using such information against me and it took me a long time to feel comfortable with writing … Continue reading Finding the Courage To Share Your Story

How To Replace Hate With Love

We don't say it enough. Maybe to our family and close friends, we do, but what about to those we haven't seen in a while? Today, I saw a tweet that encouraged everyone to text 5 people "I love you" and, without hesitation, I decided to do it. I chose 5 people I thought needed … Continue reading How To Replace Hate With Love

How Our View Of Success Defines Our Legacy

 SUCCESS - (n.) The accomplishment of an aim or purpose. a. The attainment of fame, wealth, or social status. A person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains fame, wealth, etc. {archaic} The good or bad outcome of an undertaking. "Success" means different things to different people. It's how each of us defines success that dictates the … Continue reading How Our View Of Success Defines Our Legacy