Was It Me?

With my oldest getting ready to start high school, I've been thinking a lot about when she was just starting out in Kindergarten.  It wasn't easy, but we made sure she (and the other two that would follow).  The first few days were a blur, a combination of the newness and excitement, and the fact... Continue Reading →

The Fear of Being Replaced

It doesn't take a rocket scientist (or a team of psychoanalysts) to figure out that my heightened anxiety of late stems from the utter terror I feel when I think about being replaced.   It snuck up on me, creeping up behind me quietly as I made big changes.  When I was distracted, that guttural fear... Continue Reading →

Ouch! My Ego Is Bruised.

As mentioned previously, I gave notice at work a week ago.  It was initially met with disbelief and pleas for me to reconsider (which, admittedly, was flattering).  Crazy how, once you confirm that you REALLY are leaving, the tone changes dramatically.  I am just a body filling a role that must be replaced.  A body... Continue Reading →

Change Is Good, Right?

As I predicted in my previous post, yesterday was a very different kind of day.  I've finally left that timid shell of myself behind and put some very positive, yet incredibly scary, changes in motion.  The most uncomfortable step I have to take comes tomorrow and I can barely focus.  I'm so far out of... Continue Reading →

Who Was I?

I think the thing that surprised me the most about being sober was that I had no real sense of who I had been for the past 30 years.  It was shocking to slowly realize how much I had missed, how much I had "checked out" and how much time I wasted.   Its been... Continue Reading →

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