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

Fresh New Start to the Same Old Me

new start

I have once again let this bad boy go stale. Not intentionally of course. I’ve had nothing but the best of intentions for posting. Even built up a backlog of draft posts that I couldn’t get quite right and ideas I couldn’t quite get organized into words. Ideas came and went, but this little peach stayed stale and empty nonetheless.

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GratiTuesday and All the Things Gone Wrong

Spring flowers in Seattle

Spring flowers in Seattle

I borrowed the idea of GratiTuesday from a good friend of mine, La. I’m sure someone else initially thought of it but she is my inspiration today. I love the idea of GratiTuesday because I love the idea of practicing random gratitude.

The crazy thing about gratitude is that the more you practice it, the better you feel. It’s amazing how just focusing a few minutes on the positive can help you feel better for hours. The practice of that focus throughout the day can change your day. But the trick is remembering to practice and remembering to retrain your thoughts when you fall out of practice.

I want to focus on gratitude today because today is not going according to plan. I am a planner. I live and die by my calendar and I do well with routines. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not great with time so I have alarms and systems created to keep me on track. This Tuesday, nothing is quite right.  Continue reading

The Shorts Dilemma

walking buddies

Bella and the short shorts.

I wore short shorts on Sunday! Outside, no less.

Fun fact: I’m not a big fan of shorts. Unfun fact: It’s because I’m not a big fan of my legs. But I’m working on it. One of my goals for this year is to confidently wear shorts. It seems so silly when you see it in print but this year I’m working on my body image and I struggle to love my legs.

The past few summers, I have spent the warm days in Washington, wearing capris or pants. Unless it’s really, REALLY hot or I’m in private, I don’t show my legs. I don’t wear skirts, shorter dresses or shorts hardly ever. It’s ridiculous. I get hot and sticky and still hide my legs.

But they’re just legs. I could go on about the reasons I don’t love them but really, each reason is really dumb. So instead, I’m going to tell you why I love them and why I practiced wearing shorts in the rain. Continue reading

My Goals for 2015 – Learning How to be Audrea

Audrea's 2015 Goals

Audrea’s 2015 Goals

At the beginning of the year it’s pretty normal to make a New Years Resolution. I never do. However, I did start building up some annual goals for work. While I did that I got inspired to write life goals for the rest of my time.

I identified areas I wanted to work on and things I could do to start making changes. You are more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down, so I did. I ordered them according to personal priority and hung them on my wall. Continue reading