When Stupid, Ugly Numbers Freak You Out

So I got my credit card statement yesterday. Immediately my heartbeat picked up speed. After all, my spending has been a bit…shall we say…active during my recent travels. And so I did what many of us would do. I shut my eyes and willed it to go away. Which, of course, didn’t work. It was easy to freak out. After all, I’d allowed myself to live in blissfu...
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I Now Pronounce You Happy

No doubt about it…these last few months spent overseas have been chock full of unexpected experiences. Take, for example, my recent participation in Barcelona's fire-throwing parade, and the moment I realized that actual fire was about to be thrown my way. The good news is that not every unexpected experience has been about escaping death. Instead, sever...
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Don’t Worry…Be Crappy

Life is a humbling thing, yes? I speak from years of experience, which have included plenty of moments that wound up…shall we say…imperfectly. Unsuccessful. Perhaps a bit embarrassing. (Followers of this blog will be keenly aware of this.) Take, for example, my recent efforts to learn yoga...where even the simplest-seeming pose came out like this: Or ta...
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What to do about Life’s Little Stinks

The day began on a high note. Not only were we about to take a bike tour that would explore the beautiful fields of France’s seemingly endless vineyards, but – perhaps more importantly - we’d also get to try out the wine. And while the tour did indeed begin with lots of bright smiles… …it ended with a significantly more awkward one. It ended at the ho...
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How to Kill a Conversation

Conversations drive our lives. They mean everything. Yet we all face the temptation to do something every day - sometimes several times each day - to mess them up. I dare you to tell me the following hasn’t happened to you. You’re in the midst of a conversation and someone else is speaking and – BAM! – you are hit with a brilliant point. But the other pe...
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