When You Crash and Burn but Win Anyway!

So yesterday was one of those crash and burn kind of days where one tiny little thing triggered my anxiety just before lunch, and I spent the rest of the work day dealing with immense angst and physical discomfort. It was so uncontrollable. I tried deep breathing and prayer. I tried taking a break and … Continue reading When You Crash and Burn but Win Anyway!

Miserable Dread, Blissful Ignorance, or Graceful Optimism?

It doesn’t take much for me to become completely unraveled by fear. As you know, I have been fighting hard against this instinct for the past two and a half months throughout the course of my Braver Than Before journey. Fear is my greatest battle in life, and I have been struggling with irrational fear … Continue reading Miserable Dread, Blissful Ignorance, or Graceful Optimism?

Pausing to Enjoy the Magic of Spring…

It finally feels like spring! I am writing out on the deck today, trying to soak up every moment of this beautiful weather. Most of the snow has melted now, and even the puddle in the back yard is starting to dry up. Unfortunately, where I live, you can’t necessarily trust the weather to stay … Continue reading Pausing to Enjoy the Magic of Spring…

Faith: Is it the Secret Sauce of Life?

"Faith is the ‘eternal elixir’ which gives life, power, and action to the impulse of thought!" -Napoleon Hill I came across this quote this morning, and couldn’t help but stop and ponder it for a while. An elixir is some kind of magical or medicinal potion. In the case of the hypothetical ‘elixir of life,’ alchemists … Continue reading Faith: Is it the Secret Sauce of Life?

This Morning I am Grateful

This morning I am grateful. This might not be the response you would expect from someone who woke up around 4:30 and hasn’t been able to sleep since. And it wasn’t my initial response either. Initially, my response was annoyance and frustration. I know how important sleep is for mental health, and I am quite … Continue reading This Morning I am Grateful

Pursuing the Dream, and Not letting “Normal” Slow Me Down

Life has been so busy lately, as usual. Sometimes I wonder why I bother to say that anymore at all. The reality is that “busy” is not only my normal nowadays, but pretty much everyone else’s normal too. When people ask me how things are going, I often say, “it’s been busy.” But really, could … Continue reading Pursuing the Dream, and Not letting “Normal” Slow Me Down

Wednesday Wisdom: When Risk and Instinct Collide

Life is full of major decisions and big, scary choices. This is a significant battle for someone who struggles with anxiety and chronic indecisiveness. If you read Aviation Procrastination a few weeks ago, you will know that even after Ryan and I were approved for the time off to go on a trip to Africa … Continue reading Wednesday Wisdom: When Risk and Instinct Collide