That Time I Lost It

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Some people call it a Breakdown. Brene Brown's therapist calls it a "Spiritual Awakening". That moment when you lose it - and you're so completely lost inside yourself you don't care what anyone thinks.  You don't care what you look like, whether you've showered, you're completely oblivious to the booger hanging out of your nose,…

What Dating Has in Common with the LeanStartup

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(Note: This post was originally written in 2010, before the Tinder Revolution. That said, I think a lot of the ideas are still relevant today) The other night I had the unexpected pleasure of sitting in on a #LeanStartup Presentation by Eric Ries at TechStars Boulder.  As he was talking, I couldn't help but compare…

What You’ll Find Here

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Tonight I was telling Daniel how sad 2016 has felt for me, and how much I am dreading my upcoming birthday. Truthfully, I've never been a big fan of birthdays. I associate January 8th, a birthday I share with Elvis, with a string of disappointments. There was the time I turned 16, and my mother…

Stop Overthinking Things

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Me: I'm so bad at this. Her: You're not bad at this. You just overthink things. You have a big beautiful brain and it's constantly getting in your way. That's a conversation between me and my life coach Tracey. We're talking about tonight. Which is Halloween. The one day of the year when it's not…

Scenes From The End

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Everything about Aspen felt fake...except for him. My first day there, there is a woman wearing (I kid you not), a waist-length mink coat and 4-inch high heels in the dead of summer. July to be exact. I assume it's mink anyway...could have been faux mink. But you get the point. The contrast between Aspen…

Everything Has Changed. Everything is Exactly the Same.

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Erica's Beautiful Forest

I wasn't sure what to expect.  I thought that I would find answers, experience enlightenment, discover the secret of life.  I would come back different.  Forever changed.  I would know exactly who I am and what I want out of this "one wild and precious life".  And that's exactly what happened...well sorta. I want to…

Your Life Matters

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Photo by Mr. S[1. Flower pots demarcate a house in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. According to Mr. S this is near one of Ernest Hemingway's old haunts.] "Your Life Matters. Your Happiness Matters. Have the Courage to Fight for Them." ~Nathaniel Branden First things first. You are Glorious. You are Magnificent. You are Remarkable, and…

A Word About Patience

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Lately, I keep wishing that I could speed up time. If you're following my romance with Mr. S, then you're probably just as interested as I am in where this is all going. I call him my "Beautiful Distraction". Beautiful because it's his favorite word. For Mr. S, Everything is Beautiful. Life is Beautiful. This…