Positivity Challenge Week 19: Checking In

It’s been a while since I did my last check-in post, and what better time than the unofficial change of season? “April showers bring May flowers.” the old rhyme says, but what does May bring? For many people, it brings a time of change and transition. From graduations, new jobs, pending summer plans, family events…even if you work a normal 9-to-5, the pace seems to slow down during the summer. The longer days might be helping you kick your SADs, but it’s hard to focus on work when it’s so darn gorgeous outside. Now is the perfect time to check in with how you’re doing in the Positivity Challenge 2012, and re-energize yourself for this especially positive time of year. Read More Positivity Challenge Week 19: Checking In

Positivity Challenge Week 10: Accepting Compliments

Spring is just around the corner. In most places, the weather is brightening up, clocks just changed (or will in a few weeks), and we’re well on our way out of the winter doldrums. For the first couple of months, I’ve focused a lot on how to react positively to negatives around you”¦ now it’s time to start turning that positivity on ourselves. The first step to doing that: learning how to accept compliments. Read More Positivity Challenge Week 10: Accepting Compliments

Positivity Challenge Week 5: Roadblocks

So there you are, you’re doing great with this positivity thing. Or your new fitness routine. Or your job search. Things are going great and you’re feeling really great and then BLAM! The world dumps on you. You get an injury, you’re out sick for a week, you don’t get that promotion, your boyfriend is being a jerk, your mom is being a nag, your hair looks terrible and nothing fits right and your cat hates you and your couch is the wrong color…negative after negative keeps hitting you in the face and, to top it all off, a bird poops on you. Seriously, is this all I get for all my positivity? you ask the world. Read More Positivity Challenge Week 5: Roadblocks

Dry Wit: Mantra, Make It Happen

In case you couldn’t tell, I’m prone to moping. I’m a major moper. It happens to the best of us – idealists in particular seem to get discouraged when anything less than optimum happens, and it takes some serious mental training to move away from the mope and into the cope.

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Dry Wit: Come On, Get Hard-Assed

So, this last week, a friend-of-a-friend contacted me because she’d been following the progress of my sobriety both here and on my personal blog, and she had a problem: a person close to her had just revealed to her that he suspects he has a drinking problem, and she wanted advice about how best to support him. Read More Dry Wit: Come On, Get Hard-Assed