Hope for the Best but Expect the Worst?

I’d like to think I am an optimist but in truth, for most of my adult life I’ve lived by the motto “Hope for the Best but Expect the Worst”. O Mel Brooks.

By Expecting the Worst, I reasoned, I could never be disappointed. In fact, I’d almost always have things turn out better than expected! How awesome is that? Life always going right!! Well kinda. I’ve come to realize that I’m doing myself a disservice by maintaining this mindset. In fact I’ve come up with three major reasons “expecting the worse” is the worst possible thing you can do.Continue Reading

Disappointing Myself or Others

Disappointing others is one of my biggest shame gremlins. I care way WAY to much about what others’ think, especially people whom I consider friends. Steve tells me I give too many shits, and he’s right. In the past I have been known to NOT do something I wanted, because I was afraid of what my friends or family would think. I would rather disappoint myself then disappoint others. How disappointing. In truth a lot of my self worth is based on others’ approval. Not healthy.  I’m working through this fear of disappointment with Steve’s help but the gremlins still rear their ugly heads often.Continue Reading

One Week and Counting to Tiny Living

One week from today our family will move into our Airstream Charlie and begin our lives as Full Time RVers…well kinda. We’ll still own our home(s). The house we live in now will go on the market on April 4th. The other has renter’s until August and then it too will be sold. In the meantime we will be living in the Airstream at a local KOA learning the ins and outs of tiny living while still working our full time jobs.

Am I excited? YOU BET I AM! I am also scared out of my mind. This is going to be a VERY BIG change. Not only do we have to adjust to living in 200 sqft from 1500 sqft, we also have to learn all the ins and outs of our new home. How to tow it. How to empty the tanks. How to fill tanks. Batteries, propane, electricity. The list goes on. I know in a few months time we’ll have this all down but it’s still a little overwhelming to start with.Continue Reading

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Molasses: My Hint to Slow Down

I cut my finger last night while dicing tomatoes for pico de gallo. I am in charge of most of the prep in our home while Steve does most of the actual cooking. That means that I am chopping vegetables daily. I know how to hold my fingers. I know to be careful. So why did I cut myself? I wasn’t living a slow life … I was rushing.

Now here is the thing, there was no need to rush. We weren’t running late and even if we were, we had nothing more important than streaming the newest episode of Fixer Upper to look forward to. I was rushing because I was hungry and fast is my default speed. My friends and I in high school were proud of how quickly we could cut through the crowds of people at the mall. I’ve been called Speedy because I am always walking faster than everyone else. I try to maximize the impact of every movement, often doing 3 things at once.Continue Reading