I Decided Against It All...

Allow me to reintroduce myself…my name is (if you didn’t yell “Hov,” we really need to talk about your fun level in life). But let me stop stalling and get to why we’re here right now. So, what have I been up to? Great question! Well, in the past 90 days I have… -Quit my big girl job -Pretty much set my five-year plan on fire (you can still see the smoke if you look carefully) -And don’t really have an answer to the question “so what are you doing now?!” Now, do not take any

Change the Record

It really stuck with me that sometimes we play the same record (song) over and over again, not because we like but because it's familiar

Tomorrow...

#BreakingTheCycle: Tomorrow… When I was thinking about the title for this post, I immediately started singing the song from “Annie.” You know the one that goes, “Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya tomorrow. You're always a day away.” Now, I’m a lover of all things musical (just ask my neighbors about my daily concerts from my kitchen), so pairing a song with anything is always a fun thing to do for me. But while I was enthusiastically performing my rendition of a Broadway classic,

#BreakingTheCycle: The Defense of Anger

#BreakingTheCycle: The Defense of Anger "Anger is a secondary emotion." I still remember one of my professors from grad school saying that statement in class one day. I also remember rolling my eyes just slightly, while contorting my face greatly to silently express my disagreement. There was nothing subtle about my facial expressions in that moment (or a lot of moments, if I'm honest). Because you mean to tell me, I had lived my entire life to this point believing there were

#BreakingTheCycle: The Defense of Busyness

The Defense of Busyness We’re busy people these days and that statement really came as a shock to no one; but I thought I would start there. Before we keep going, I just want to stop and say this post does not end with a magic formula on how to get it all done. Because if it did, I would be selling that secret to fund my dream of retiring early (and be a full-time writer, of course). And by “get it all done” I mean getting everything on that never-ending to-do list of life th

#BreakingTheCycle: The Defense of Procrastination

#BreakingTheCycle: The Defense of Procrastination Hello. My name is Melinda and I’m a procrastinator. *the rest of the group greets me back* I tell people quite often that I’m a professional procrastinator. I’m not sure why I say that like I’m introducing my profession, but at least it is an honest statement. But as a professional procrastinator, I know there are many of us out there. Just today, several of us spent time doing almost everything imaginable instead of possibly

#BreakingTheCycle: The Defense of Logic

#BreakingTheCycle: The Defense of Logic “Makes sense to me.” This simple one liner right here usually comes after we have just explained one of our newest plans to someone (or explained it to ourselves) or after someone else has presented their thoughts to us. No matter who the audience is, typically we’re looking for a plan to make sense. And if it doesn’t, we look for a really polite way to say we want no parts of the foolishness (or not so polite way depending on how craz

#BreakingTheCycle: The Defense of Pessimism

#BreakingTheCycle: The Defense of Pessimism For starters, I don’t think many people claim to be full-time pessimists. Just the thought of that position sounds like a full time job with bad benefits, even worse coworkers and no overtime pay. But even though many of us don’t participate in pessimism on a full-time basis, many of us are guilty of picking up a temp position every now and then; and sometimes more often than we care to admit. But we’re creative people and pessimist

#BreakingTheCycle: The Defense of Stubborness

#BreakTheCycle: The Defense of Stubbornness “I’m stubborn, not deaf.” Of all the phrases I say or have said on a regular basis, this had to be in the top 7 (probably more like top 4, but let’s not dwell on that part). I have said this before, but not only did I say it often, I believed it strongly. The idea of someone repeating the same thing to me over and over again didn’t soften my stance, I just dug my heels in deeper. Now, I’m not talking about that bad advice that the

"Until It Hurts" Preview: Day 5

I’m Dedicated...For The Most Part Verse of the Day: Matthew 6:24 “You cannot be the slave of two masters! You will like one more than the other or be more loyal to one that the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (CEV) “You can’t worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you’ll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can’t worship God and Money both.” (MSG) “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; yo

"Until It Hurts" Preview: Day 4

Heart Check Verse of the Day: Proverbs 4:23 “Carefully guard your thoughts because they are the source of true life.” (CEV) “Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts...” (MSG) ”Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (NLT) “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (NIV) “Keep thy heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life.” (KJV) FORETHOUGHT What does this verse mean

[UN]Junked! Okay, so what is that?!

What is [Un] Junked? And why does this blog even exist? These are both wonderful questions! About 5 years ago (maybe more), I was walking through a drug store and at the register there was this candy brand that I’d never seen before. With the influx of “healthy” options, this brand claimed to be the sweets that people loved without all the extra additives. I mean they offered all the alternatives to M&Ms, Reese, Hershey, etc… I love chocolate and I love not ingesting artifici