Mid-Life Do-Over

So much has happened since my last post!  I survived my last days at work. I joined my family on a much-needed vacation that involved a lot of nature, water, and sunshine - as well as some extended family (cue the dramatic music).  I've also begun to assimilate into very unknown territory as a stay-at-home... 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 →

Diving Into The Deep End

I did something yesterday that I have both dreamed about and worried about - I quit a very good job with an extraordinarily successful company. Sounds crazy, right? I know it was the right thing to do because, since the moment I hit "send" on my official resignation notice, I've been enveloped in a really... 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 →

Taking Risks and Making Changes

It wasn't very long ago that my biggest risk was drinking vodka in excess to tempt fate. Would I finally get alcohol poisoning and die in my sleep? Now sober and clear headed, I find I'm increasingly disappointed in myself for taking the path of the meek and timid. My risk avoidance takes shape in... 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 →

Anxiety, Procrastination and Me…

Let me know if this sounds familiar. A project lands on your desk and it's hard, time consuming and generally no fun. So, you wait to even get started...until, the week, day, hour before it's due. Not getting started on this project keeps you up at night, provoking a litany of "I'm doing this first... Continue Reading →

How Did I Get Here?

The summer of my 47th year started out like any other.  Kids' activities, vacations, work, projects around the house, etc.  Everything was status quo until the day I started drinking a little too early.  The sun was out, the pool was warm and I had a pack of some new spiked sparkling water to "try... Continue Reading →

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