You don’t need to wait for New Years to plan out your year

Why wait until January to plan out  your year? Why not use your birthday (or a random Tuesday) instead. Here are 6 areas to think about when planning out your year. #goals #planning #personalgoals #professionalgoals #personalgrowth #development #lists #writingprompts
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I turned 40 at the end of August.

(Hallelujah! Seriously.)

When I was a kid, 40 seemed SO OLD to me. Like it was the pinnacle of being an adult. Now that I’m here, I can assure you it feels way less like the pinnacle of adulthood and way more like any other year of my life. 

Perhaps that’s why I felt so compelled to switch things up. I didn’t want it to feel like just another year. I wanted to usher in this new decade with intentionality and joy. I wanted to set goals for myself and try new things. Most of all, I wanted this year (and decade) to be one of growth and exploration. 

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Why opting out of social was the ultimate act of self-care

An analog girl in a digital world | Why I believe deleting my Facebook and Twitter accounts was the ultimate act of self-care. #socialmedia #socialmediadetox #selfcare #personalgrowth #wellbeing #mentalhealth
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For whatever reason, this season of my life has been extremely difficult. We have been struggling with my daughter’s behavior a lot, causing me to feel overwhelmed and like I’m failing her in some way.

Add to that some existential angst of my own and it’s been a cluster fuck of shame, guilt, anger, frustration, sadness, and pure exhaustion. 

My escape for a long time now has been to pull out my phone and zone out on whatever social media app holds my interest. Which is counterproductive and entirely unhelpful with my daughter who acts up even more in a bid to get my attention. 

Two weeks ago, I decided that it was time to take another break from social media (interesting timing since this is exactly when I signed off last year) and shut down everything, including the podcast.

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Can a game teach you all there is to know about life?

Can a silly little game on your phone *really* teach you everything there is to know about life? If you're anything like me, the answer is a resounding YES. (Okay, maybe I was a little excited when I said everything. It can, however, teach you a whole lot.)
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Can a silly little game on your phone really teach you everything there is to know about life? If you’re anything like me, the answer is a resounding YES.

Okay, maybe I was a liiiiiittle excited when I said everything. It can, however, teach you a whole lot.

And no, I haven’t lost my ever-loving mind. I’ve just been spending a bit more time than usual contemplating life. Could be due to the break I’ve been taking from social media (it’s glorious) or the extensive amount of time I’ve spent playing Diamond Mine, a game mode in Bejeweled (not as glorious). 

Whatever the case may be, I’ve found there to be quite a few truths that apply to both the game — any game for that matter — and life. (Oh, hello Game Theory. Who knew THAT class from my college days would actually come in handy later on in life!)

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