Put down your phones. Strike up a conversation. Your future love interest could be standing right in front of you...ordering a soy latte.
You can live a comfortable life without once stepping outside of your comfort zone and probably end up just fine. However, when you live life this way, you miss so many amazing opportunities.
The same way we would 'spring clean' our homes, we should also take some time to spring clean our lives. Our minds can get cluttered with things we don't need, accumulated dust, disorganized dimensions, bad habits, and previously formed ideas and impressions that should be thrown away or at least reconsidered for accuracy and consistency.
What if taking more time for YOU actually made you a better parent? Before you were a mom, you were you. And when your kids head off to college or explore the world or whatever they decide to do as adults, you're still going to be you. You are the only constant.
If, romantically speaking, 2014 didn't go as well as you'd hoped, it's time to revamp your tactics and kick any bad decisions from last year to the curb.
At the risk of sounding like a curmudgeon, I have a message for all superstar rock groups fronted by charismatic lead singers who are thinking about crashing my daughter's wedding. Back off.
Loneliness takes different forms, and it may also signify different life experiences, both past and present. Some people's loneliness may be rooted in long-term emotional issues that have thwarted forming and maintaining relationships.
Recipes can be a connection to our past, our family, our history. Putting your stamp on them just enhances the story. And now, thanks to someone who had been a stranger, Cathy's family and mine are connected. Through a recipe. And a screen.
It's been said that living with an open heart requires a cup of understanding, a barrel of love, and an ocean of patience. Sometimes that seems like an understatement.
If you're in a relationship, it's even more important to understand what besides sex stimulates you and why. If you don't know what stimulates you, or alternatively, turns you off, how can you expect your partner to know?
It's more convenient to wrap your understanding around a bad guy. I think some people also want to know concrete reasons why, so that they can avoid making those mistakes themselves. But relationships are messy, even on good days. It stands to reason then that uncoupling is just a veritable nightmare.
Some moments you may feel perfectly fine, but then something triggers a memory and you find yourself trying to fight back the tears. Or just when you think you're completely over it, you cross paths with them and all those thoughts and feelings of being with them come storming back again
Struggling to meet the right person and have a relationship that clicks for the long haul? You've dated enough to get a sense of what you're after, yet you keep coming up against the same relationship issues and beating your head against the wall.
Instead of thinking of the year ahead as a problem to be solved, we've found we're much more likely to consider the potentials -- without getting stopped by the impossibility of what our creative brain comes up with.
I'm just as guilty of drive by affection as the next person, but these things creep into my thoughts regularly, and trouble me. I struggle to know who do I invite to a party, based on real life versus Facebook ties, and what does a given person feel about me in real-time versus the way they Like me online?
I knew in order to be true in my sharing of the past, I needed to find my childhood diaries. That is where I escaped to, writing and drawing in books which I worked so hard to hide -- however, not always successfully.