How to Work with Defensive People at Work

In my job, I work with people a lot. I recently moved into a project management type role which has led to me dealing with all kinds of different people. If you work in an office setting (or heck even a grocery store), then I am sure you have been confronted with a defensive person before. It can be frustrating and confusing to understand a defensive person, especially if you are coming from a good place. I have asked a lot of really smart people for advice on this topic, as well as read some articles and books, and here are some takeaways I have for you.

Dealing with Disappointments

The past couple years have been filled with disappointments, for everyone. The constantly evolving regulations around the pandemic has led to lots of last minute changes and cancellations to events and there’s a good chance that will continue into 2022. I have already seen a lot of posts about 2022 being a repeat of the last two years and the disappointment has already consumed us (and we are only 10 days in!). Looking forward to things is an important part of mental wellbeing, but how can you look forward to things anymore? Let’s explore a little about what disappointment is and how to best deal with what feels like a constant parade of disappointments.

How To Stick to Your Resolutions this Year

It’s a new year! I love January! I use to be a personal trainer and January was always the time of year that got really busy and exciting. I love the energy of a new year, the idea of a fresh start is what we all need sometimes. I always start January strong with my goals, and of course its natural to start to wane that excitement after a couple months. So let’s chat about how to make this year different. Let’s get you achieving all your goals you have set for yourself this year.

Reflections on One Year of Blogging

I did it! I did one full year of blogging! Phew, that was a crazy ride. It was exciting, sometimes exhausting and stressful, and other times rewarding and comforting. First off, thank you to everyone who has supported, read, commented, and liked my content this year, it has truly inspired me and kept me going even when I was nervous to do so. Read more to learn about my blogging journey, some pros and cons of blogging, and overall advice for you to start your own blog!

Have a Hygge Holiday Reading The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

Everyone should own the book The Little Book of Hygge, The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking and re-read it for every holiday season. I am bringing mine out now to remind myself of all the hygge (pronounced Hooga, but I have also heard and prefer Hue-ga) things about the holiday. My husband got me this book when he was coming home from a business trip to Denmark a couple years ago where he had heard the word a couple times and thought I might like the book. Like it? I loved it! I loved it so much I try to embody hygge in my daily living, my home décor, and my relationships. So light a candle, pour yourself a cup of hot coffee, put on some warm socks, and let’s take a moment to revisit hygge and all it encompasses as we prepare for the holiday season.

Feeling Tired? Quick Tips to Re Energize

It’s Monday morning, I pour myself a cup of coffee. The fragrance of caffeine fills my nostrils as I hope it will wake me up. I take a sip, no magic wake up powers are in effect yet. It’s the holidays, everything is piling up, to-do lists, appointments, meetings and social gatherings are filling my schedule. Anyone else have a case of the holiday sleepy’s? Well, you are not alone. Let’s take a look at how we can combat this tiredness and re energize for the holiday season!

Life Lessons: Honoring Our Commitments

Someone told me that the secret to relationships is honoring your commitments. This really stuck with me. We’ve all done it, we’ve all broken promises to our friends, family member’s, co-workers and even ourselves. So let’s dig a little more into the psychology of commitments, how we can better honor our commitments to others and our self, and how to handle a commitment you have to break.

Seeking Joy

Joy is a term we are all used to hearing. When I think of joy I think of that person that lights up a room, that has an infectious smile, that person that makes you feel better after just being around them, that person who is endlessly optimistic and more than generous. Yet, we live in a society that squashes joy, a society that encourages comparisons, that values money over contentment, that constantly reminds us of the sad and horrible things going on in the world. So how do we find joy when things don’t feel joyous, when pessimism is the voice of society, and sadness preys around us. So let’s explore what joy versus happiness is, examples of how we can choose joy everyday, and how we can spread joy, particularly this holiday season.

Fall Favorites

There is nothing quite like fall. The smell of PSL’s (Pumpkin Spice Lattes) in the air, the sound of walking on crisp leaves, the chill that touches your skin, the sweaters, the boots, the pumpkins, the fall festivals, the movies and decorations. I mean what is there not to love about fall? I am lucky to live in Tennessee, where fall happens to be beautiful! When fall comes, everything is coated in an array of colors from golden yellows, burnt orange, and deep reds. The landscape is vivid and bold and the temperature is cool and crisp. Here are just a few of some of my favorite fall things from fall movies, to activities, to clothing and food. This post is guaranteed to get you in the mood for all things fall!

Why You Should Elope… Kinda

If you are in the midst of wedding planning, you are probably stressed beyond your mind, trying to find venues, trying to make everyone happy, and trying to not spend a fortune on your wedding (not to mention the pressure of dealing with COVID!). Well that’s what pushed us to elope. We finally realized that no venue was “us”, that we couldn’t make everyone happy, and that we didn’t want to spend a fortune on a wedding. After months of searching, I finally found the company Simply Eloped. Read on to learn more about our elopement, helpful tips, and pros and cons of modern eloping.