Quick Note: When You Know Better, Do Better

Maya Angelou said, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Perfection can be the enemy of good, great, or excellent. When you mess up, recognize your mistake, fix what you can, and move on. And try to avoid making the same mistake again. Don’t worry that…

Quick Note: Keep Going

Perseverance can be the one thing that gets you to the finish line or just over the next hurdle. If you lack money, energy, motivation, or hope, deciding to stick with something means you’re not giving up. If you’ve received rejection after rejection, persevere. After so many “no” answers, you’ll eventually get a “yes” if…

Quick Note: Do the Scary Thing

Life can be full of icky, uncomfortable, and demoralizing—but necessary–activities that fill us with dread. Being an adult means having to face things that are unpleasant or downright scary: Scheduling a dental checkup after a couple of years away Having that difficult conversation to end a relationship  Organizing paperwork for tax season Tackling a household…

Quick Note: Own Your Day

Think about the last time you reached the end of the day and wondered how time got away from you. How likely is it that it could happen again today? Despite what you have going on, take the day and make it your own. This is about maintaining productivity. You can remain productive during the…

Hate New Year’s Resolutions? Try a Different Approach

Another year has arrived, and you might be thinking of making a change. Want to lose weight? Considering giving Dry January a try? The new year often reminds us of changes we want to complete. Therefore, making a New Year’s resolution might seem like the logical thing to do. However, does the idea make you groan? Do…

Quick Note: Don’t Wait Until You’re Ready

If you’re telling yourself that you’ll act when you’re ready, you’ll be waiting forever. There’s no perfectly convenient time to get out of your joy-crushing situation. If you keep waiting for the time when you’ll be really ready, you’ll remain stuck. Perhaps you’re worried that you don’t have every potential contingency figured out. While it’s essential to plan…

Quick Note: Persistence

It can be hard to keep going if you feel stuck in a rut or can’t seem to make something work. You can easily overlook what you have accomplished when you brood too long on your setbacks. Roadblocks are inevitable. Sometimes you might feel like a failure, but that’s only true if you quit. As…

Quick Note: Take Time to Zone Out

When you’re staring down a problem and can’t seem to move beyond it, purposefully zone out. If you let your mind wander, you might stumble upon a solution. Research suggests that mentally pulling away can boost your creativity. You can also pull yourself away from the immediate task and focus on something else. That problem will…

Quick Note: Just Breathe–Expectations vs. Reality

Just breathe. When I typically see or hear this phrase, I roll my eyes. If you feel the same way, I understand. But before you dismiss this thought as some “eat pray love” BS, hear me out. When you’re feeling anxious, desperate, or up against a wall, sometimes the best thing to do is take…

15 Minutes a Day

Do you have a monumental task to accomplish, like building a new website, packing for a cross-country move, or applying for a new job? Big projects like these always overwhelm me. I was never much of a big-picture kind of person. I feel much more comfortable breaking things down into short, manageable tasks. You’ve probably…

A Quick Note: Ask an Expert

If you’re seeking advice about a goal or plan you’re pursuing, don’t be swayed too much by the people who talk the most or the loudest. They may not know what they’re talking about or even have your best interests in mind. Instead, pay more attention to the people who already have the success you…

Positive Changes When You’re Going Through a Midlife Crisis

Going through a midlife crisis or finding yourself in a funk? Then settle in for a good read. I’m pleased to share this guest post from Fix It Dads. Are you at a point in your life where you’re wondering, “is that all there is”? If you feel stuck in your personal or professional life,…

A Quick Note: Know Your WHY

As you move toward your goal, you might feel like you’re just trudging through life at times. When this happens, it’s easy to forget why you’re making the transition in the first place. That’s when you need to remind yourself of your WHY. Thinking back to the beginning, what was the big motivator that moved…

Photo Friday: International Sudoku Day

Spend a few minutes playing a game on International Sudoku Day. It’s a great way to keep your brain sharp. You can even play games online for FREE!

An Ergonomic Checklist for Working on the Road

If you’re a working nomad like me, you spend much of your day in front of your computer. I do copywriting and blogging. Other nomads edit videos, do voice-over work, serve as influencers, or do other things digital nomads do. Still, others use their hands instead of screens to create artsy, beautiful, and useful objects….

Horizons Within: The Quest for Personal Growth

I‘m happy to welcome another contribution from Real Life Home. If you’ve been wanting to tackle a home project but aren’t sure where to start, their site is a great place to get information and inspiration.  When you’re grappling with work, bills, family commitments, and a demanding social life, it can be hard to find time…

Photo Friday: August is Happiness Happens Month

I spent most of this past week in and around Valentine, Nebraska. I forgot how pretty this area is! I wasn’t sure if I would have time, but I decided to visit Smith Falls State Park last Monday. It’s about 15 miles east of town. My decision to take off the afternoon from work made…

The Best Stress Hacks for Busy People

After I ditched my traditional job and lifestyle for a more nomadic existence, I soon realized how much I underestimated the impact of stress in my new life. As much as I love exploring and working on the road, there’s still plenty to worry about: Is my campsite in the path of the major thunderstorm…

Photo Friday: Carhenge

If you’re into pop culture icons, you might swing by Carhenge if you’re in or near Alliance, Nebraska. It’s a to-scale replica of Stonehenge, and the site is open year-round. If you should ask, “Why?” creator Jim Reinders would say, “Why not?”

Photo Friday: Get Your Booster

I got my second COVID booster today. Vaccination is still a safe and effective way to reduce your risk of COVID infection. Even if you do get sick, being vaccinated decreases your risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and even death. Getting boosted helps you maintain protection because vaccine doses diminish in effectiveness over time.

National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day

The third Friday of April is National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day. If you have old or expired drugs, take a moment to get rid of them. Reduce the risk of abuse or misuse.

When “OK” Became Kewl

This is too good to ignore. On this day in 1839, the term “OK” became part of United States vernacular. It stands for “oll korrect,” a popular misspelling of “all correct.” As kiddos today use “kewl” for “cool” and “DZ” and “these,” young folks back then did the same kind of thing. Go figure. The…