Happy Friday

After my last post, I’ve discovered that I’m definitely not alone in feeling burnout. A lot of other people on Twitter and Facebook have been talking about the same thing. On top of that, there’s dealing with the feelings of guilt when we choose to talk about things other than what’s going on in the world today. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I’ve figured out that I can’t fight back if I’m exhausted. So I’m choosing to take my happiness when and where I can for my own health. And with that, I’m going to stretch my writing fingers and start doing a post every week on Friday, talking about the things that made me happy this week. So let’s begin, shall we?

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I think I need to take a break from social media, or filter out what I’m seeing for a while. I don’t know how long. All I know is that checking things and being in a constant state of “knowing” is leaving me drained and miserable. For some reason, today feels worse than most.

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Is this thing on?


Yeah, I know, I haven’t been here in a while. Let’s just say life and a serious creative drought kept me away from this site. There was more than once that I would open WordPress u, all ready to write something, and I would sit there staring at this big white box and my brain would go blank. Well, I’m gonna try and give blogging a go again this year. Let’s see how it goes. So, let’s see. What have I been up to? Not much really. Work takes up a majority of my time, both the standard M-F job and CoastCon tasks. Those are both going well. I dyed my hair purple. Well, it’s more of a purple ombre thing, but it looks bad ass and I love it. A post shared by Karen Lewis (@theblackberrybelle) on Nov 30, 2017 at 5:57am PST I went to visit Chicago last […]

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Candy hearts photo

(Warning: discussion of disordered eating in this post.) It’s said by many professionals that eating disorders thrive on secrecy. So, it’s in my best interest to be honest. I’m a binge eater.

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I am a feminist.

Image by Liliana Segura - @lilianasegura

Image by Liliana Segura – @lilianasegura I’ve been a feminist since I was a little girl. Since I watched my mom do everything she could to keep food on the table and keep a roof over mine and my brother’s head. Since Mom told me to ALWAYS have my own money, even when married, and to never allow anyone to take away my money that I made at MY job. Since I learned that having a boyfriend wasn’t the end-all, be-all thing in the world. Since I learned that I could be just as badass in low cut shirts and skirts as I could in combat boots and jeans. Since I learned that sometimes when I got in a difficult situation that there was only one choice for me based on what was happening at the time. Since I learned that I COULD live on my own. Since I learned […]

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No resolutions!

So it’s a new year.  And, as always, everyone is all over the place posting their resolutions and plans and goals for 2017. The thing is, I’m really hesitant to call what I want to do this year “resolutions”. I’ll be 100% honest – my willpower is poo. (I would not make a good Green Lantern.) I’m resolved as long as they’re not inconvenient. As soon as those plans start messing with my time or money, I drop them like a hot potato. I really think I’d do better with setting short-term goals for myself. Instead of “I’m gonna do ALL THIS STUFF by the end of 2017!”, let’s try, “I want to do this one thing today.” Like today, I told myself I was going to drink at least 2 full glasses of water while I was at work, and I did. Woo hoo! Good job, me! Haha. Tomorrow: […]

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