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12 Reasons Why I Am Not Leaving Facebook in 2014

The word on the street is that there's an exodus taking place: people are leaving Facebook in droves. The buzz about teens leaving has been around for awhile- Mashable even did this nifty statistic chart showing the age contrast … [Read More...]

What Happens When You Unplug? Using Technology-Free Time to Make Smart Decisions

I'll start with the scary part. Last year, about 13 months ago, I thought I was having a heart attack. At 38. I was driving out of the Target parking lot in the afternoon. I was also talking on the phone, checking for texts … [Read More...]

Of Bullies and the Lasting Impact of Words: Why Trying EVER Skincare Seemed Like a Hard Thing To Do

“Self-conscious” means to have undue awareness of one’s self, one’s appearance, or one’s actions. I remember the day self-consciousness replaced self-confidence. In 4th grade I was a rough and tumble woods girl, living in … [Read More...]

What Flannery accomplished in 2 hours a day, most of us won’t do in a lifetime.

“I’m a full-time believer in writing habits…You may be able to do without them if you have genius but most of us only have talent and this is simply something that has to be assisted all the time by physical and mental habits or … [Read More...]

The Power of No: Setting Personal and Work Boundaries for Greater Productivity and Integrity

Why can’t people get work done at work? It was the premise of a very good talk by Inc. columnist and 37signals co-founder Jason Fried at TEDxMidwest. He articulated the need of “creatives” – designers, programmers, writers, … [Read More...]

Understanding My “Why”

I love ideas. I like the strategic and efficient use of resources. I deeply value connectivity and relationships. I love words and people, eye contact and "aha" moments. I pour these passions into my pursuits. I do it through … [Read More...]

Tighten the Ship! Making Changes to OptaVia After a Weight Loss Plateau

I am slowly slogging my way out of the second puberty that came with my early forties. This is an OptaVia update post but the reality is so much larger than that. It would be unfair to claim my way out of the foggy forrest of … [Read More...]

Real Things That Happened to Me On OptaVia

I snuck fruit one day and it tasted like nectar of the gods. My body has so fully adjusted to being fed every 2.5 hours that if I'm late, my cells can be heard screaming for food and water fuel. I found low-carb pizza called … [Read More...]

How to Reduce Stress and Lose Weight- Not Even Kidding.

And it's hard to write about being happy 'Cause all that I get I find that happiness is an extremely uneventful subject - Florence + The Machine, No Choir   My days have settled into a new kind of clockwork, a … [Read More...]

Just Freaking Tell me What to Eat!

It's nice that restaurants, when one orders sparkling water, bring a bottle of Perrier and lime in a wine glass. The presentation is as sensory as the splurge on a nice vintage for the table. It helps. But man, I miss … [Read More...]

My Enlightening Lightening First Week of Weight Loss with Optavia

One week into Optavia, I'm forced to realize this weight isn't going to actually slide off. I used to imagine that gelatinous cellulite could be metabolically heated into a biosilky oil that progressively liquified into sweaty … [Read More...]