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January 15, 2040

Why I Started This Blog: Changing a Lifetime of Negative Thinking One Day At a Time




My son isn't speaking to me right now, because he says I'm too negative. He's right. I spend way too much time on Twitter reading about politics and thinking about all that I don't have. I catastrophize my health, and use it as an excuse to

February 23, 2018

Update on Yesterday's Post: Found a Way to Turn It Into a Positive



If you didn't read yesterday's post (warning, it's long), I had a problem with my path to and from the bus stop being blocked by the apartment complex behind me. I usually take that path with my loaded down grocery cart, or lately, with my loaded down rolling backpack (since the grocery cart broke).

February 22, 2018

This one is a challenge to find a positive side to



As some of you know, I do not own a car, which is good in some ways, and very bad in others. As I get older, the heat affects me worse every year, so I have to adjust my lifestyle rather drastically to avoid being out in the heat.  In the summer, I shop only at WalMart, because I can go there at 7 a.m.

February 04, 2018

When Having Just Enough Isn't Enough


People say I'm brave, and they admire me for my tenacity, the way I go on despite challenges to my life. Some say they could never live like I do, with just enough to get through and no more. Well, I'm not brave, I'm not always strong, and sometimes

January 28, 2018

A Simple Pot of Soup



One of my favorite quotes is "The things you take for granted, someone else is praying for." Today I'm thankful for soup. 

Due to some needless beauracracy and January being a lean month for freelance writers, I am literally at the bottom of the barrel as far as food goes. I've picked up some work

January 24, 2018

Minimalizing My Life as a Gift To My Son

Today, I was reading this blog post and part of it struck me hard.
As an only child saddled with the responsibility of going through three generations of “stuff” — mine, my parents’ and my grandparents’ — I don’t

January 20, 2018

Changing Your Thinking: Turning Negatives into Positives



I have a horrible pessimistic attitude sometimes, but I'm learning to turn those negative thoughts into positive thoughts by looking for the good in the bad

So this morning I was feeling overwhelmed about having too much to do when I really need to be working - apartment needs cleaning, courtyard needs cleaning, leaves need to be

January 16, 2018

Being Yourself Can Be a Scary Thing


I spent most of my young life being told I wasn't good enough, pretty enough, fast enough, slow enough, loud enough, too loud. My family took great joy in putting me down, and I internalized all these things until I crumbled inside. I walked away from most of my family