Tag: excellence

  • The Super-Simple, Super-Awesome Word that Makes You Happier, Less Stressed, and Less Disappointed in Life

    The Super-Simple, Super-Awesome Word that Makes You Happier, Less Stressed, and Less Disappointed in Life

    Recently I took a trip to the poker table. Actually, I took a return trip to the poker table. You see, I used to play a lot of poker tournaments. A lot. In fact, I played in the World Poker Tour. (Note: Just kidding. I’m totally posing in front of the official backdrop after the…

  • A Serious Plea to Stop Doing This Immediately

    A Serious Plea to Stop Doing This Immediately

    So it’s time to talk. Seriously. I’ve been putting off writing about a pattern I’ve noticed because it’s not so fun. And, frankly, I try to make my posts a little fun. A bit of a provocative romp, if you will. But this topic is important enough, and common enough, that it’s time to get…

  • How to NOT be Oprah

    How to NOT be Oprah

    I used to want to do great things. I mean REALLY great things. Sometime around the age of nine I decided that I was put on this planet to do truly amazing, transformational, really, really great things. I aimed high, my friends…as many of us do from time to time. Me? I wanted to be…

  • The Truth About Your Stuck-ness

    The Truth About Your Stuck-ness

    So…you may have missed it, but we recently passed through another holiday. Groundhog Day. It’s a funny little holiday with a funny little tradition, involving – some might say – a funny little animal. While most of us don’t get too caught up in Groundhog Day, many of us do remember the famous Groundhog Day…

  • Your Critical Choice for the New Year

    Your Critical Choice for the New Year

    Well, the days leading into this fine new year had a bit of an unexpected flavor. I present to you two different scenarios, and invite you to figure out which one is true. Scenario #1 Just as we were getting down to the holiday, I pushed my body to the point where I caught a…

  • When Frustration Hits…Ask Yourself This

    When Frustration Hits…Ask Yourself This

    Recently I found myself engaging in an annoying pattern of behavior. In just the past two weeks there have been several instances when I’ve tried to open a package of some kind. Once it was a hotel bar of soap. Once it was a packet of Vitamin C. Once it was a bag of airplane…

  • How to Lighten Your REAL Load

    How to Lighten Your REAL Load

    Today finds me writing my blog not from my home state of California…but from my original home state of New York. How do I know I’m in the Empire State? The stores are filled with this… …and the guys wear hats like this (and smile like this)… The thing that brought me to the east…

  • Life Lessons from the Buffet Line

    Life Lessons from the Buffet Line

    There’s a special place in my heart for a special place near my house. Hubbie and I visit it regularly…as in, at least once a week. It’s that awesome. It’s Souplantation. And it makes me Souper happy. If you don’t know Souplantation (also known as Sweet Tomatoes in certain areas), it’s one of those soup/salad/lots-of-other-stuff…

  • Why Looking Bad Can Be Good

    Why Looking Bad Can Be Good

    Over the last few months I seemed to have a problem when it came to running down hills. I kept falling down. I stumbled all over the place. With absolutely no grace. If you’ve ever experienced this kind of trend, you know it can get pretty old. It all began last year, when I decided…

  • 8 Things to Do (and Not Do) When Things Go Foul

    8 Things to Do (and Not Do) When Things Go Foul

    So, it’s been a foul week. Things just haven’t gone as planned…unexpected tax bills and gross flu symptoms and canceled projects and back-pain that’s led to sleepless nights. They’ve all happened this week. The kicker? My beloved Jeep, the topic of more than a few recent posts, sent a signal that its own foul-ness might…

  • What’s in your Mystery Basket?

    What’s in your Mystery Basket?

    Truth time. I’ve got a little obsession. And I know I’m not alone on this one. It combines some of my very favorite things: riveting drama, diverse personalities…and food. It’s the television show Chopped. And I looooooove it. In fact, I record it regularly so I can watch it every morning as I prep for…

  • The Truth About Life’s Bumps

    The Truth About Life’s Bumps

    So, my beloved ’99 Jeep died recently. Long-time blog followers will understand the implications of this tragedy. They’ll also know that this is not our first, shall we say, incident.  (Behold…this photo from last year’s mildly embarrassing post). This time around (which was totally not my fault by the way), the story goes a bit differently. I…