As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I made the decision to go on medication for my depression – depression that was crippling me and threatening my ability to keep it together. This past weekend I was at a wedding, and several of the people there are readers of my blog. So, a natural … [Read more...] about The storm is still there
I had a person the other day, hand to God, who got upset at me because I don’t “like” enough of their Facebook posts, even though they “like” all of mine. There is a theory that in any given situation, 80% of the outcomes come from 20% of the inputs. It has been called the … [Read more...] about 80/20 Relationships
I have trouble sleeping. I always have. I don’t usually have trouble going to sleep. I get sleepy about the same time every night, I turn out the light and drift off to sleep within 10 minutes or so. It’s the staying asleep that is a problem. Usually about three or four … [Read more...] about Sleeping through the night
I was a sickly child. When I was 18 months old, I had spinal meningitis. It damn near killed me. I was in a coma for weeks, and my heart stopped beating for a while and when it was all said and done, I was alive but had seizures and some brain damage and a neurologist that … [Read more...] about Survival
As a child, we had some neighbors – Montaree (we called her Montie) and Mr. Doc. They were retired farmers who had bought a few acres from us and built a small house to live out their retirement. They were surrogate grandparents to me, and I loved them intensely. They were … [Read more...] about The best self-care advice anyone ever gave me
I have a long to-do list. I bet you do too. As a creative person with a large imagination and a raging case of ADHD, who is mostly introverted and moderately depressed, I often don’t get everything done I want to get done. And at the end of the day, when I am looking at that … [Read more...] about Winning
Those of us who are in the helping professions seldom end up having 40 hour, structured workweeks. Instead, we are often responsible for creating our own schedule, which always involves other people’s schedules, which can lead to long, unstructured days. For instance, I have an … [Read more...] about Using units to structure your time
One of the best things I have done for myself over the last six months is gone on an information diet. Just like a food diet, that means I have deliberately put limits on my consumption of information, and only allow myself to consume it at determined times. Here is what that … [Read more...] about My News Diet
One of my favorite stories: A salesman was driving through the country on his way to his next appointment. He took a curve too fast and ended up in the ditch. He had no cell service to call AAA, and was cursing his luck when he looked over the field next to the road and saw an … [Read more...] about Don’t do it by yourself.
I have written about this story several times, but my blog post about it got lost in the website redesign. Because it is so important to me, I am republishing it here. - HH It was January of 2008. I had been doing this work for about five months or so, and I was already burnt … [Read more...] about Plod on, brother. Plod on.