Challenging yourself: Figuring out the differences between valid reasons & excuses

I have challenged myself many times, in many different ways, mentally and physically, over the years. I love to overcome a good challenge. I love to prove to myself that I can do something. I love to prove to others, especially anyone who has ever doubted me, that I can do something. But sometimes when [...]

Another step forward

When I first went back to school two years ago, if someone had told me that I'd leave my family for six days to go to a public relations conference for students, I wouldn't have believed that person.  I am a homebody and I had only traveled by airplane twice before.  I like spending time [...]

It’s like riding a bike…..

How often do people use that analogy when speaking to others about trying some long-lost activity that they are afraid they’ve forgotten?  I hear it often because supposedly one can’t forget how to ride a bike. I’ll be testing out that theory today. I haven’t regularly ridden a bike in over 20 years.  I never [...]

How I’ve spent my summer vacation

According to an app I have on my iPhone, school starts in 8 days and 20 hours or so.  Exciting stuff, right?  Eh, I'm not sure how I feel about it right now.  Last year, I was really excited and this year I am nervous for some reason. Maybe it's because I know what I [...]

Getting nervous

I have been really excited about going back to school, but this morning, faced with less than 10 days til "go-time" for my boys and me, I have started to feel anxious about the whole thing.  I know, realistically, that I will be fine.  My house will not ALWAYS look like utter disaster has struck, [...]