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The Truth: Be You With BlogU

The theme of BlogU 2016 was Be You With BlogU, and even though it is a conference for bloggers and freelance writers, the takeaway I had from my weekend in Baltimore with all the people who live in my computer was this: With the right tribe, with the right goals, with the right motivation, and with sweat-your-ass-off-effort, you can be… Read more »

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Quick Holiday Treat Recipe: Muddy Buckies

I’ve been on a baking frenzy this season. Cabin Girl and I attempted to calculate it and figured I made around 1,000 servings of treats; cookies, breads, bars, and fudge. (Visited 44 times, 1 visits today)

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I only like my body when it cannot be seen.

I talk a big game about being honest but there’s one big thing I’m still struggling with: Body positivity. I know, “You and every other woman on the planet, Jessica.” (Visited 83 times, 1 visits today)

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The Overwhelm

The big things are too big, with too many factors that I can’t control. The little things are too numerous, with things being added to the pile by the minute. I breathe, intent on filling my entire chest with air, in the hopes that the rush of oxygen will clear away the fog in my brain, the ringing in my… Read more »

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When I have an anxiety spike, I buy tea.

The calendar doesn’t lie: Summer is almost over. I am simultaneously relieved and disappointed. I love sleeping in during the summer. Now that the kids are old enough to help each other get some cereal and find an appropriate tv channel, it was rare to see me out of bed before 8:30. Days without structure and routine really appeal to… Read more »

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Brave Enough to be Me

It’s 3:30 a.m. Another night of being too itchy to sleep… it could also be the prednisone I am now taking that is making it impossible for my mind to switch off. If nothing else, I know now that I can function very well, thankyouverymuch, on very little sleep, with the right drugs. I can totally see how people get… Read more »

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Misery at Midnight

It’s just me, the computer, and a bottle of J.D. The honey kind. I don’t normally do this. Drink straight from the bottle. But the circumstances I have found myself in this weekend are not normal by any means. I’m struggling to keep my hands on the keyboard. To keep my nails away from my skin. To prevent myself from… Read more »

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This feeling is grief

My stomach is in knots. My chest aches. I have a nearly uncontrollable urge to cry. I let go a little and tears stream silently down my cheeks. Soon the tears are unstoppable and I cannot help the sobs ripping from my throat. This is too much to feel. The physical discomfort feels familiar. I have experienced this sensation, like… Read more »

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Success is no longer friends with modesty.

I don’t know where to begin. The beginning seems passe: Our family is searching for property. The details are tedious: A typical laundry list of needs/wants. The feelings are normal: Eager, disappointed, hopeless. There are a few things that I have been forced to speculate on though, and to understand I will need to flesh out the situation a bit…. Read more »

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I’m saying, “Fuck You” to my biggest hater: Me.

I had an epiphany recently, thanks to my love affair with Project Runway and Project Runway: All Stars: I’m a mega bitch. Not to others, though. Just to myself. It’s really thanks to Lori Goldstein and a little interview snippet that QVC shared during commercial breaks that I started to realize maybe I needed to rethink the way I talk… Read more »

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