Life Lessons Learned from Travel Anxiety

Airplane travel sign

I have a serious love/hate relationship with traveling. On one hand, I love going to new places, getting out of my routine. I also love flying. On the other hand, I get extreme anxiety from going through security lines, managing boarding passes and managing the to and from details of an airport.

And it’s not just flying, although that’s probably the worst of it. I love road trips but hate sitting in the car for hours at a time. I think travel is amazing and yet packing sends me into a panicked frenzy that affects anyone who gets near me.   Continue reading

100 Happy Days: Let’s see how this goes!

100happy daysDo you ever wonder about your life? What your purpose is? Why you bother to get up in the morning, go into work and then come home, only to rinse, repeat the next day?

Lately, life seems to be going a mile a minute and I’ve been feeling like I’m barely hanging on. I made a decision last week that I wasn’t going to sit around and let the chaos outside ruin my internal peace. But of course, I’m really terrible at keeping calm (like ever!) so I started looking for tools to help me. Continue reading

Somedays You Just Have to Laugh

Photo credit: Flickr user Chris Huggins

Photo credit: Flickr user Chris Huggins

Today is one of those days. Nothing seems to be going right and all the pieces refuse to fall into place. It’s late in the evening and I am still online slugging along with a project when I realize that my developers have duplicated my users.

This probably doesn’t mean much to you. But for me, it’s the end of the day and I just learned that there is a lot more work to be done. This is the project that never ends. I started to get annoyed. I started to complain.

And then, I decided instead to laugh. Continue reading

Daily Dealings With A Stressaholic

Photo by Flickr user Bernard Goldbach

Photo by Flickr user Bernard Goldbach

This morning has gone horribly wrong. I woke up late. I shattered a mug. I spilled my coffee on my shirt. I left the house late. And then, on the commute in, I saw someone had hit a raccoon.

It was still in the street writhing in pain. Nothing breaks my heart like seeing an animal suffer. I was late though so I couldn’t stop to do anything or else I risked missing my ferry. I have an early meeting so I really can’t miss the boat.

My normal Wednesday has shifted into a stressful morning of unrest. Continue reading

GratiTuesday: Sunshine in the PNW

beach life

Work/beach balance.

 

I have seriously fallen off the posting wagon for my blog. I have the best of intentions of course and I actually have about 6 posts in drafts right now, just awaiting on a little love and a little focus.

Unfortunately for this blog though, summer in the Pacific Northwest is on its way in. That means warm weather, sunshine and popcorn brain for me. I’m doing my darndest to just keep focused on work, let alone my labor of love, audreafink.me.

But as today is Tuesday and I have the most beautiful view, I thought I’d make a point to practice gratitude today.  Continue reading

I Am Enough

Yes please!

Yes please!

I have a hard time with being good enough. I am a busy person by nature. I find things to keep me moving. It seems like the house is never clean enough. There is always a meal that needs to be prepared. There’s a blog post that needs to be written. A client that needs to be called, laundry to be done, emails to respond to, life is busy, busy, busy.

I was listening to a podcast the other day with Brené Brown and it made me stop in my tracks, mouth open, staring dumbstruck at my phone. What. Did. She. Just. Say! (The podcast by the way is OnBeing & it’s episode 11 in casey you’d like to listen.) I have bastardized the line I’m sure but she said something like this: Continue reading