The Perils of People Pleasing, or Influence Apart From Manipulation

“Focus on your intentions.” That is some of the best advice I’ve ever gotten. In addition to (or perhaps in conjunction with) being a recovering nice girl, I’m also trying to kick the horrid habit of being a people pleaser. I used to cringe at the thought of letting someone down or not being who … Continue reading The Perils of People Pleasing, or Influence Apart From Manipulation

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Confessions of a Recovering Nice Girl, or Sweetness Apart from Passivity

“She was free in her wildness. She was a wanderess, a drop of free water. She belonged to no man and to no city” ― Roman Payne, The Wanderess I used to be a “nice girl”. It was somewhat inescapable, being a middle child growing up in small town Iowa, in a Christian home.  I … Continue reading Confessions of a Recovering Nice Girl, or Sweetness Apart from Passivity

I Fear A Life Not Lived

I fearA Life Not Lived(to the fullest) that I will have chosenthe Comfortable Cage ofComplacency in exchange for thewild and untamed Unknown unable to let go of Control, I will settle intoGood Enough &Playing it Safewill become my Advisor Trading for trinkets of Acceptance & Security the Pearl of True FreedomI will swindle myself I am so afraidthat I will come to the endonly to find out it was the mud … Continue reading I Fear A Life Not Lived

Finding Inspiration: Something Blue… and Green

Our lives are found in the cadence of a rhythm. Alarm clocks and to do lists, chores and appointments, social media and weekly shows. Breaking from the routine— away from the daily scene, tasks, and environment, can be exactly what we didn’t even know our souls needed. The annual Heemstra Vacation commenced a few days … Continue reading Finding Inspiration: Something Blue… and Green