My Name Is Becky…
Recovery
…and I am a shopaholic. Addiction can happen with your eyes wide open. Especially when you’re addicted to something that most people would consider a normal everyday activity. Shopaholism is kind of like the laughing stock …
When To Walk Away From Work
Career Advice
Today I had to make the first very hard decision in my fragile freelance career in a time of economic uncertainty. I have a growing business, after all. Who would turn away work while you are simultaneously trying to …
Learning To Avoid Making Plans
News
It was my last week of receiving severance pay. For the most part, my freelance work was going well, but was not certain enough to feel good about. I was going crazy with work-related uncertainty …
Giveaway: Jumping The Shark In Reverse
News
Starting over from scratch isn’t easy. Sometimes you have to shock something back to life in the same way you would desperately try to resuscitate something that has all but failed. Back in 2009, I closed the doors …
A Swift Kick In The Arts
Reflections
An illustrator for a series of well-known children’s books visited my daughter’s school a few months ago and made me feel about a foot tall. He didn’t intend to, of course, but even his most …
The Random Nature of Luck
Reflections
Have you ever found a four leaf clover? Have you ever walked into a casino, hit MAX BET by accident, and won a thousand dollars? Or are you someone who drops a penny, leans down to pick it …
Clutter That Can’t Be Seen
Reflections
I’m standing at the entrance to my girls’ play room shaking my head, wondering, how can kids—or anyone for that matter—function normally when there is so much clutter around? Realizing that stuffed animals and toys …