a balanced life

Cocooning, a much kinder word

Cocooning, a much kinder word

Staring outside at a sky that stares coldly back, wintertime claustrophobia and reclusiveness seep into my bones. I close my eyes and take a deep breath, flipping the switch and renaming this cocooning time, a word with a warmer and friendlier feel. However, neither butterfly nor human wants to remain in a cocoon for too long….

Gardening and Growing a Life

Gardening and Growing a Life

Last year I learned how helpful it is to belong to a community of writers, and decided to apply this wisdom to my gardening as well. I recommend such groups for whatever interests you have, especially if your friends and family do not share your passion. You can spare yourself their glaze-eyed looks and desperate…

Getting Stuff Done: What stops us? Could it be a blessing in disguise?

Getting Stuff Done: What stops us? Could it be a blessing in disguise?

When I imagined life after retirement, besides traveling, I imagined myself getting stuff done — all those things I didn’t have time to do when I was parenting or working. Those were the busy, stressful years of life, right? Retirement, that’s when the fun begins. I’m not complaining. I’m simply confused because I’m not traveling;…

When You Need a Pep Talk

When You Need a Pep Talk

I’ve been working on becoming a published writer for a long time. It can be discouraging. Sometimes (a lot of times) I need a pep talk when I feel like giving up. Periodically, I also spend time assessing what is getting in my way. I came up with five problem areas to fix. Maybe you…