• Finances,  Happiness,  Life,  Simplicity

    How to Live an Intentional Life

    It takes a bit of thought to sort through the chaos and programming to determine just how you want to live your life. My first trip down this path was simple in comparison. I had one goal I wanted to achieve. I wanted to be a stay-at-home single mother for my daughter, so I did what I had to do…

  • Happiness,  Life,  self-improvement,  Time management

    How Do You Spend Your Time?

    “To come but once into the World, and Trifle away our true Enjoyment of it, and of our selves in it, is lamentable indeed.” William Penn (1706). Some Fruits of Solitude, in reflections and maxims relating to the conduct of human life. These past few days I’ve had little to do but rest and think. It occurred to me that…

  • Life,  self-improvement,  Success

    Know Thyself

    “Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.” Laozi When you start upon a journey, you must not only know where you are but where you want to go. Otherwise, you wont know which turns to make—or even realize if you have arrived at your destination. Life is the same way, yet many of us tend to wander aimlessly through…

  • Happiness,  Life

    Why Bad Things Happen

    The other evening I had a moment to chat with a young friend. This person needed to share the burden of some personal problems and wanted to seek my advice. In the course of the conversation it became apparent that my young friend was placing far too much importance on what, in the end, was a rather trivial situation. To…

  • Health,  Productivity

    How to Improve Your Health and Boost Productivity

    At first glance the subjects of health and productivity don’t seem to have much in common. One concerns how you treat your body and the other how you handle your time. Yet the two are inextricably entwined. It is only by maintaining and improving your health that you can find the energy to do the things you want (and need)…

  • Education,  Life,  Success

    How to Defeat Panic and Accomplish Your Goals

    My daughter and I started college this past Thursday. We woke up bright and early to eat breakfast before we got started. Katie began to cook while I turned on some relaxing classical music. After a brief phone call from Auntie wishing us a happy first day of college, we talked quietly as we ate before settling down in our…

  • Happiness,  Life

    The Art of Stepping Back From Your Problems

    In 2011 I achieved the dream of being a stay-at-home single mother for my daughter. I had managed to build a successful writing business that supported us for several years. Then Life happened and the Internet changed. I saw my book royalties dropping and couldn’t think of a way to fix it due to the panic I felt since it…

  • Happiness,  Health

    Do Nothing

    In a few short days my life is about to get extremely busy. While I would like to say that I am approaching the busiest I’ve ever been, thanks to the minimalist practice of eliminating the unimportant this would be a lie, so I refuse to mislead you. Regardless of the exact details, the truth is that I have undertaken…

  • Health

    The Reality of Aging

    I woke up to a face filled with pain the other morning. I sat up with a moan, trying to figure out what was happening when my daughter entered the room. “Oh my God! What happened to your face?” Katie exclaimed. I staggered to a mirror. My upper right lip had swelled to the size of a sports ball. That…

  • Life,  Personal

    Stiffly Moving Forward

    My first thought this morning was that someone had replaced my joints with a box of Rice Krispies. Every part of my body snapped, cracked, and popped after yesterday’s adventure. But at least I got the front yard mowed. I may not feel like moving from this spot but I still had stuff to get done. While I’ve accomplished a…

  • Finances,  Health

    Self-Analysis

    Last night I face-planted into my computer keyboard. That was a definite sign of why I’ve become so grumpy and frustrated as of late. I’ve pushed myself a bit too hard again, sacrificing sleep for my goals. I have really got to establish some limits here. While I’m happy that I am more productive than I’ve been in quite a…

  • Life

    Reviewing the Past

    Every day I make it a point to restore at least one of the older posts that I had to delete several years ago. The post I restored today had to deal with relationships. I really wanted a relationship back then. It’s amazing to see how much I’ve changed in just a decade. I couldn’t help but chuckle as I…

  • Health,  Life,  Personal,  self-improvement,  Success

    The Process of Recharging

    Day by day, in every way, I’m getting better and better. Émile Coué de la Châtaigneraie I sleep in when I can. I rest instead of endlessly working. Bit by bit, I can tell a difference. Instead of scolding the dogs for their excitement in the mornings when they wake me to go potty, I gather my coat and take…

  • Health,  Personal

    Practicing Selfishness

    It has been six days since I watched Katie leave with the recruiter. Five days since I saw her last, on the day she shipped out to BASIC. Four days since I’ve had any contact with her. And I’m doing perfectly fine. I’ve not had a day off work since last Tuesday, the last day I saw my little girl.…

  • Life,  Personal

    New Beginnings

    This is it. Last night I said my final farewell to the kid. The very last call was scripted, just letting me know that she had arrived safely and that she would be out of contact for the next couple of weeks. I am now officially free of the full burden of motherhood. It started a few days ago. We…

  • Life

    Distraction

    At first it was the television. It sat front and center of every living room. Residents and visitors alike would stare at the glowing screen, chatting during commercial break. Then came the video games. Names like Atari and Commodore. Devices attached to our precious televisions gave us something to do while we were glued to our televisions. We could direct…

  • Life,  self-improvement,  Success

    Carpe Annum

    This is it. The dawn of an entirely new year. I couldn’t wait to greet it. I woke up, made my coffee, and journaled as I watched the sun rise. I changed so much in 2018. I started out the year without a single serious idea of what I wanted to do with my life. Aside from my work schedule,…

  • Decorating,  Holidays,  Life

    Making Christmas Memories

    Christmas dawned bright and early in the Brewer household. Katie had been sad since it was the first Christmas since her father had passed so I wanted to make it memorable. We invited a few friends to come visit with us so it was time to start cooking! It is amazing what you can whip up using a toaster oven,…