Don’t Panic. Or, Panic, But Then Remember to Breathe and That Everything Will Be OK.

Like a lot of people, the last few weeks have been stressful and mentally exhausting. So when my alarm rang this morning to get me up for a dog walking gig in the still dark hours of the AM, I reluctantly got up. I spent my whole ride there crying about things I have zeroContinue reading “Don’t Panic. Or, Panic, But Then Remember to Breathe and That Everything Will Be OK.”

Stuck on the Porch of Indecision

Do you ever feel like you can’t decide what you want to do next? Either you are uninspired and have no ideas, or you have too many ideas and that prospect overwhelms you? Yeah, the latter is where I’ve been for a while. Sitting here on the figurative Porch of Indecision (I found a realContinue reading “Stuck on the Porch of Indecision”

Hire a Holiday Helper!

Do you ever want to wave a magic wand, and be ready for the holidays, without all the stress of decorating, wrapping, and shopping? I’m Angel the Elf, and I love all things Christmas! If you live in Northern New Jersey, hire me! -I will come to your house, put up your tree, and trimContinue reading “Hire a Holiday Helper!”

Counting My Blessings: How an Attitude of Gratitude Changed My Outlook on Life

About eight years ago, my friend Daniel private messaged me on Facebook after I’d posted a comment about some egregious thing New Jersey Transit had done that morning. He’s a spiritual sort of guy and he said that as much as he loved looking at pics of my kid growing up, my constant kvetching aboutContinue reading “Counting My Blessings: How an Attitude of Gratitude Changed My Outlook on Life”

How Major Surgery and a Tough Breakup Led to the Best Year of My Life

A year ago today I was lying on an operating table, having an actual panic attack as four capable medical professionals were struggling to find a vein for an IV. I couldn’t catch my breath and was sobbing uncontrollably and my kind surgeon, who I’d grown friendly with during the pre-op process, offered to callContinue reading “How Major Surgery and a Tough Breakup Led to the Best Year of My Life”

Running Really Slowly… Again

My relationship with running has been weird. I, like Peter Sagal in the fantastic book The Incomplete Book of Running, started after I got divorced as a way to get fit and spend more time outside. Unlike Peter, I never was fast and my “running” was more of what I liked to call a slog,Continue reading “Running Really Slowly… Again”

Pink Hair, Don’t Care

After quite a bit of thought (we’re talking years) I decided to dye my hair pink this winter. And frankly, I’ve never felt more me. The color choice wasn’t super well-received by some friends and family and that made me mildly concerned about how it would be perceived while traveling. Turns out, I didn’t reallyContinue reading “Pink Hair, Don’t Care”

Alone in the Tunnel of Love

Despite the goofy face in the pic, I’m pretty happy about it. I love love. I love being in love. And I have a lot of love to give. But if the past year of dating has taught me anything, it’s that the road to true love is paved with married men and guys whoContinue reading “Alone in the Tunnel of Love”

Perfect Vacation Photos? No Way

All those famous Instagram girls have boyfriends contorting themselves into crazy poses to take impossibly perfect pictures, but I’ve got a teenager who happily lays on the ground to take goofy pics that are far from perfect and often not super flattering angles, and I wouldn’t trade places for the world. My travel pics mayContinue reading “Perfect Vacation Photos? No Way”