when you feel most relaxed

On vacation. I can’t truly relax unless I can take an extended break from work obligations, which is difficult when you are a small business owner.

But I’ve taken steps to be more relaxed in my day to day life as well. For example, I no longer get email notifications on my phone. I ignore most text messages received after 8 pm. I don’t check Facebook messenger very often…maybe once every couple of weeks. In fact, I’ve turned off the chat options in most apps I use. There is a small handful of people I want to be in touch with, and those people know how to reach me.

Also — increasing my exercise has helped release tension, as has increasing my weed intake.

a mistake that helped you grow

Instead of focusing on a particular mistake, I’ll just say that I try to always learn from my mistakes. Those are really the best lessons in life. Nobody is perfect, so failures will happen, but learning from your missteps makes you better. I find comfort in that, and, as a result, I fear failure much less than I once did.

Someone who made you proud

This prompt couldn’t be more timely.

I’m super proud of my husband. I’m always proud of him, but especially today.

Today he was promoted to VP. He’s worked so hard, and it’s long overdue. I couldn’t be happier for him or prouder. ❤️

I’m so glad the kids were home tonight to help congratulate him.

❤️❤️❤️

playing catch up

A challenge you have overcome

I was diagnosed with stage 2b breast cancer in 2012. I endured a double mastectomy, auxiliary lymph node dissection, three months of chemo, hair loss, and 30+ days of radiation. I’ve been in remission for 6 years. Here’s hoping for many more years to come!!

A need you can meet

I am fortunate enough to be able to meet all of my needs. Now I’m working on fulfilling my desires. I have a lot of things I want to do or acquire — expensive things.

A place you have been recently

Our most recent night out (Thursday night) found us at a local beer bar/brewery for pre-drinks and then off to the wine bar across the parking lot for more drinks and also dinner. We had a very generous gift card from our wedding that we needed to use, so we did. It was a good night. So good, in fact, that we felt pretty rough the next day. I actually think my favorite part, however, was coming home and drunkenly walking the dog while we continued our passionate political discussion. ❤️

One thing I learned about myself last year

I can think of four, though they are all closely related:

  1. I’m resilient af.
  2. I’m a much better attorney than I give myself credit for being.
  3. I need to act confident, even when I don’t feel confident. And I should just be more confident because…
  4. Most people have no idea what the fuck they are doing: even the ones who act like they do.

You’ve got this, bb.