Fighting Isolation

 

Social distancing. It’s just a couple words, and it doesn’t sound as scary as “quarantine,” does it? Until you’re a week in and it already feels like you haven’t seen your best friends for a month. Even the introverts are starting to miss the workplace, peers at school, or…

Makeshift Living

 

We’re all adjusting to so many changes right now. Doing life amidst such sudden isolation (like many of you, our county enacted a Stay At Home order effective March 25) is challenging to say the least. Many of us aren’t scared for ourselves, but to protect the population at…

Look for the Helpers

It’s easy in this country to take for granted our day-to-day freedoms. Nobody thinks twice about heading to Walmart for toilet paper or running into Target with their toddler to just get out of the house and talk to an adult.

We forget our freedom…until something takes it away. Then…

Plate Full of Advice

Words of wisdom can be tough to digest, even if we’ve asked for the advice. When we don’t ask, and someone dishes out advice anyway, it’s even harder to swallow.

It’s not that we don’t want to avoid hardship. Who actually wants to find out everything the hard way? It’s…

Ask Before You Offer

Is there some sort of trick to advising a loved one and not getting whiplash as the conversation comes to a sudden dead end?

That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but it is so hard to predict how our words of guidance will be received. It doesn’t really…

Receiving Hard Advice

 

What do you do when you’re on the receiving end of well intended but unwanted advice?

Whether it’s advice against a choice you’re about to make, or an opinion about a choice you’ve already made, hearing from someone you love that your decision is wrong can feel harsh and judgmental.

None…

Share Your Victories

I’ll be honest–I’m a talker. I have no problem spending upwards of three hours with a friend discussing problems, victories, and pondering future possibilities. That translates to blogging too–I can write all day about relationships I’ve struggled with or the hardships I’ve seen friends and family go through, but…

Topic Tuesday: Seeking Friends

Sometimes we operate under the assumption that most people are in roughly the same boat we’re in, or perhaps in a sturdier boat. I often assume that because I have a small circle of wonderful, honest, reliable friends, most other people do too.

However, I’ve overheard and partaken in multiple…

Life As A Fixer

Do you know any “fixers”? You know – those friends who jump in — with good intentions — and start trying to fix your problem before you even finish explaining it? Are you one of those fixers?

I was venting to a friend the other day about a family member…

Hey, 2020!

Hey, 2020. Aren’t we supposed to be in self-flying cars by now? Where’s mine!? I could get so much more done with those time efficient trips across town! The “future” was supposed to be so different from whatever all this chaos is.

Thoughts like that fly through our minds all…

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