Tag: pressure

  • A Few Things I Need to Admit to You

    A Few Things I Need to Admit to You

    I begin with an admission. The first of a few, actually. This admission is that there have been plenty of stomach rumblings and tumblings going on inside this body of mine lately. They haven’t felt good. The reason for them, though, is good. Because they have to do with a new side hustle project that…

  • Why It’s Time to Give Up the Thing You Never Had in the First Place

    Why It’s Time to Give Up the Thing You Never Had in the First Place

    I recently found myself observing a little girl as she attempted to build a sandcastle. Before long, her Dad came by to give her a hand. Then, slowly but surely, one by one, additional guys strolled by and joined him. The little girl was cast aside as they focused on the critical mission of granular…

  • The Number One Way to Get What You Want

    The Number One Way to Get What You Want

    So…there’s an interesting trend to report in the life of Deirdre. At first it might sound like it’s the high-and-mighty variety, but I promise you it’s not. The trend? People tend to give me things I want. A few examples: The guy in front of me at Starbucks let me go ahead of him in…

  • 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…

  • Bruises, Batteries and Beauty: Life Lessons from One Long Night

    Bruises, Batteries and Beauty: Life Lessons from One Long Night

    I recently found myself on a mountain in the middle of the night. Again. Unlike the last time, this event wasn’t quite so…traumatic.  Though this adventure, dubbed Ladies Night by the boot camp that created it, certainly had some special nuances. Behold…the numbers: 29 female participants 12 hours (7pm to 7am. As in overnight.) 3…

  • The Ick of “No”

    The Ick of “No”

    Ah, the word “no”. How does such a simple word get so complicated? So ominous? Behold…a brief tale to illustrate my question. Last year I stepped into a volunteer leadership position for an organization. I did my best with it, but I really didn’t feel useful. Nor did I enjoy it at all. And so…

  • The House of Cards Effect

    The House of Cards Effect

    Recently I was waiting on line at a coffee shop when a child fell into a full-on tantrum, complete with a perfectly executed flop-down pose. You know the pose I’m talking about: The child’s mother, her nose stuck in her iPhone, did nothing. “What’s wrong with her?” I thought. “Doesn’t she know how annoying that…

  • Let’s Get Personal

    Let’s Get Personal

    Hubbie and I recently found ourselves engaging in two different…discussions. The first involved a whole lot of bickering…making for some cranky moments at the coffee shop. The topic at hand? A small, single flyer that he designed for one of my new upcoming workshops. “I think it should look like this,” he said, pointing to his…

  • The Truth Behind Your Guts

    The Truth Behind Your Guts

    I had an awkward moment this week. We’re all prone to them at certain times in our lives. Mine happened while meeting with a potential client who wanted me to provide some trainings for his staff. When he asked me if I knew anything about his company, I knew I had to fess up. So…

  • What’s Up with All the Honking?

    What’s Up with All the Honking?

    This week’s blog is available in podcast form!  You can listen/download here: What’s Up With All the Honking? Want more? Let me know by answering the quick poll at the end of this post. If enough people say “yup” then I’ll keep ’em coming, post some old favorites, and publish them to iTunes. Now, onto the…

  • Things You Learn When You’re Lost On a Big, Fat Mountain

    Things You Learn When You’re Lost On a Big, Fat Mountain

    Today’s post is a bit different. It’s a somewhat intense tale. Get ready. And please don’t judge me. It begins after a good dose of  “you can do it Deirdre!” pep talks, when I signed up for a race/hike up a big, fat mountain in the big, dry, lunar-landscaped desert known as Anza Borrego. That…

  • What Two Girl Scouts Can Teach Us All

    What Two Girl Scouts Can Teach Us All

    It happened at a grocery store on a Sunday evening. Hubbie and I were pooped from a day of errand-filled frenzy and this was our last stop on the journey. As we made our way down to the parking garage, loaded up with bags, there stood two adorable little Girl Scouts. Lily and Lisa. I…