Last night around a table of my three smiling friends, the subject of Lenten sacrifices came up. Who was giving up what, and what had we given up in the past?
During Lent, which lasts for about six weeks leading up to Easter, Christians commit to fasting or giving something up as a form of repentance. I’ve always been fond of a more positive approach (shocking, I know). I prefer to DO something proactively, rather than give up things like chocolate or coffee.
I met Meredith last summer while on one of her NYC food tours. Click on her name in the post to check out her website
In the past, I’ve done things like eating more veggies and sending handwritten notes to my loved ones.
Last night, I heard one of the best Lenten sacrifices ever. My friend Meredith decided to give up hating herself. Interesting, right?
We all have self-loathing thoughts – it’s inevitable. We are often hard on ourselves and assign self blame for things out of our control. This is clearly not healthy behavior, and as much as we understand that, how many people do something to change it? Continue reading →
I would love to see where this path of smooth black stones would lead me.
While crossing the street during an art gallery tour last summer, I saw this quote scribbled on a piece of paper and duct taped to a pole. My next five steps were hesitant. I looked ahead at my tour group and knew I should stay with them, but I really wanted another look. I, of course, went back.
I vividly remember staring at the words and feeling the neurons fire in my brain. What an interesting challenge? To approach complex situations with the determination to simplify it. It is almost like making lemonade from lemons.
Ever since I was a little girl I would squeal with glee when awarded with a sticker for a job well done – especially the shiny stars my Mom gave me for my Star Chart. It made me LOVE to do my chores and homework – I wanted as many stars as I could get!
My excel version doesn’t look quite as festive as this, but once the stars start piling on – it will be beautiful!
I had completely forgotten how much fun a simple reward system can be. It wasn’t until I started dating an amazing guy a few months ago that I remembered the joy it brings me. When we met, I was honest with him about dating multiple men. He was obviously up for the challenge of winning me over, because he succeeded.
It is very uncharacteristic of me to date multiple people, and it was becoming quite the distraction. I knew I needed to sort through these great guys, and determine the one who was most worthy of my time and affections. And this is how the point system began. Continue reading →