Love is on my mind

Love is on my mind: Thinking back to 5 years ago... Dusty and I taking a moonlit walk in Catalina, minutes before he proposed!
5 years ago: Dusty and I taking a moonlit walk in Catalina, minutes before he proposed!

My husband and I celebrated the anniversary of our engagement this week (we call it our “personal Valentine’s Day” preferring to commemorate March 13th instead of February 14th) so Love is on my mind.  It’s been 5 years since he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him and we’ve been blissfully married for 3 and half years now, together for nearly 8 and a half.  It’s true what they say, time really does fly when you’re having fun: it’s hard to believe we met all the way back in 2005! Continue reading Love is on my mind

Put Your Own Oxygen Mask On First (and other life lessons learned on a plane)

Enjoying the view
Enjoying the view

I’ve become a fairly seasoned air traveler over the past few years, flying to various places in the U.S. with my boss and occasionally alone, so I’ve heard the safety instructions countless times.  Since I’ve set a goal to blog once a week and knew I had a trip coming up, I was already planning to write about one of my favorite analogies for self-care: putting on your own oxygen mask before helping others.  However, this past week we were on some particularly long flights, about 17 hours round trip, not including layovers.  So, I had a lot of time to read, write, listen to podcasts I’d downloaded, and even watch a movie I’d been meaning to see… which all led to some additional insights I’d like to share. Continue reading Put Your Own Oxygen Mask On First (and other life lessons learned on a plane)

Overcoming Perfection Paralysis

Overcoming Perfection Paralysis

Is anything ever “perfect”?  Consider some of the greatest artists of all time: painters, sculptors, authors, musicians… how many of them, do you think, felt they could have continued working on their masterpiece? One more brush stroke or chisel strike… one more chapter or a different choice of synonym… one more harmony or verse? “Perfection” is a trap that keeps many of us from expressing ourselves for fear of criticisms of our imperfections. At least, that’s been my experience.  But even if we could achieve actual perfection (and I’m not really convinced we can) there will always be critics, perhaps saying the work is “too perfect!” Continue reading Overcoming Perfection Paralysis