The BRAVE Interview #14 September 2017: Sylvia Wesley

Here is this month's BRAVE Interview with Sylvia Wesley! Enjoy! WHO are you? I’m a 61-year-old white woman—wife, mother, nurse, and pseudo-bon vivant! WHAT is your One Brave Thing? Sometimes I feel like just living every day is a Brave Thing and it is difficult to choose a single event!  As a nurse, it seems like so many … Continue reading The BRAVE Interview #14 September 2017: Sylvia Wesley

Coming full circle (and announcing a free class!)

When I was in elementary school, I was in a new school every year. Every. Single. Year. No, my parents weren't in the military. My father was disabled, and when money got tight, we got moving. Kindergarten: The Hancock in Medford. First grade and half of second: The Emerson in Malden. Last half of second … Continue reading Coming full circle (and announcing a free class!)

An old dog, a new (cheap) trick (part one)

You know how they say that your tastes change as you get older? I have found this to be true in my own life. I never liked cheese on my pizza. When I was little, maybe 4 or 5 years old, my parents used to scrape it off (and onto their own slices, I imagine) … Continue reading An old dog, a new (cheap) trick (part one)

Metamorphing

I am not exactly sure if  'metamorphing' is the correct word; maybe 'morphing' would suffice. I only know that this year of being 50 has been much different from what I expected. My forties were a decade of furiosity, including but not limited to: furious writing, reading, cooking, baking, yoga-ing (walking, hula-hooping, Wii-dancing and other … Continue reading Metamorphing

50: The year I got old

I was thinking about how I have been in a funk these past several weeks, when I realized, no, it's actually been several months now that I've been feeling this way.  I realized what is partly affecting my mood and my decisions is this: I feel old. My skin looks old. All of my joints … Continue reading 50: The year I got old

Choose happiness

I read about Liz Gilbert's Happiness Jar idea last year when I was turning 50. I thought it was a great idea. I thought I would do it. I did not do it. Today, I was thinking about how I used to get on the scale every day, so I could nip any pesky post-Weight … Continue reading Choose happiness

Resolutions

I remember getting to the end of 2011 and thinking "What an awful year this has been," and hoping 2012 would be better. Fast forward one year: I remember getting to the end of 2012 and thinking, "What an awful year this has been," and hoping 2013 would be better. I'm sensing a pattern here, … Continue reading Resolutions

Gratitude

I passed by the TV in the common area at work and they were interviewing someone or other (I am guessing it was Gretchen Rubin) who was talking about how important it is to write down things for which you are grateful. Further, if you take the time to write a gratitude list, you will … Continue reading Gratitude

Ode to snow, part 2

My thoughts wandered, fueled by cold and the discomfort of muscles that are rarely used screaming their displeasure at being exploited in the manner required by shoveling. I remember being handed a shovel and instructions to go "do the front steps" of our house. We had a house with 14 concrete steps at that time. … Continue reading Ode to snow, part 2

Second act

I was watching the second episode of the new season of The Middle on TV. In it, Frankie has just unexpectedly lost her job and decides that instead of just running out to get another (crappy) job, she is going to treat this event as an opportunity,  a 'second act' in her life. She decides to … Continue reading Second act