An Unexpected Expense

Fiscally responsible is not how I would describe myself, but I have been working on it.  I have cancelled all of my pre-booked $160 hair appointments, switched my $5.95 daily coffee to a regular $2.00 coffee, and stopped drinking alcohol on a regular basis – not that I was a heavy drinker, but it all adds…

A Dog’s Love

My eyelids flicker; something feels wet – what is that?  As my mind wakens from a dead sleep, I feel something softly brush across my lashes.  Once I reach full consciousness, I smile, as I understand that the soft carrasses across my lids are actually puppy kisses from Olivia. My eyes open, and I am looking straight…

In Debt & Stress Out

Debt! How can one small four letter word cause so much stress and anxiety?  Why can I not escape from the clutches of seemlessly endless debt?  I don’t live in an over priced home, I don’t take lavish vaations or spend ridiculous amounts of money on clothing.  Yet here I am with $40,000 of debt, and…

A Sunrise of Clarity

Sometimes I feel like I am living in a fog.  I question whether or not I am only going through the motions of my day without actually living.  These thoughts run through my mind on a pretty regular basis, and it’s only mornings like todays when I have some clarity. It was 6:30 a.m., and…

Morning Interrupted

The sound of the alarm startles me this morning; can it really be 5:00am already?  I hit the snooze button and snuggle back into my bed.  5:05am, off goes alarm number two – NOOOO I don’t want to get up.  And here comes the internal dialogue I have with myself every morning: “Get up and…

To Date or Not to Date

If you asked me when I was thirty if ever I wouldn’t be interested in dating, I would have said, “Hell No.”  I love being in love, or at least I used to.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been single for three years, and I don’t think it is because I haven’t found…

Unordinaryly Anxious

Anxiety has become a common disorder in the society we live in.  With the demands of fast paced living, it’s hard to keep our bodies in a state of calm.  I have always suffered from anxiety; although, I didn’t know there was a name for what I had until being diagnosed with it after my…

FRIDAY – GYM OR WINE

TGIF – Friday’s are by far my favorate day of the week, as I imagine  it is for many people. Not only is it the end of my work week, but also the best night to get a work out in.  There is nothing better than finding the gym mostly empty.  You have your choice…

Chronicles of Online Dating

Dating…. (sigh).  I don’t know exactly when this happened, but dating is no longer something I look forward to. My last relationship ended almost three years ago, and after a year off to find myself, I stepped back into the dating world.  The last time I was single, I was 34, and I remember it…

Forty and No Kids

“You don’t know what you are missing.”  As a childless woman, these are words you will hear many times over your lifetime.   Well-meaning parents feel it’s their duty to reform the childless people of the world.  They assume that if you only knew what it was like, you would change your mind and reproduce like…