No IS a Complete Sentence

As women we find it so hard to say no. According to Psychology Today, there is an undercurrent, a stereotype in our society that a woman’s role is to be the peacemaker, master negotiator, placater, office mom and smoother of all ripples of conflict at work and home. No wonder. Saying no is the opposite of peacemaker and smoother of all ripples of conflict! Instead we feel conflicted inside. I call BS on this! Women tend to have a more nurturing side, but to sacrifice our opinions, our voice, hell our sanity all in the name of keeping the peace is destructive. This has to stop. No is a complete sentence. You don’t have to give a litany of reasons why. We do that so people will understand why


I was having some difficulty (ahem) in my nether region. Nothing major just some irritation, but I ignored it. And you know what happens when you leave something unchecked right?! I’m fine now that I took the time to investigate the problem and do something about it. The experience got me thinking...what else am I ignoring? Tolerating? It is easy to brush off the little annoyances. But when ignored, little things can grow into something that really demands your attention or does harm. This can apply to anything...the leaky toilet that is rotting the subfloor underneath, the pain that you keep hoping will go away, or the underlying resentment you are feeling toward your boss or significant ot

When I Decided I Was Trash

I woke up to yelling and the sounds of a scuffle outside my bedroom window in the middle of the night. I was 13. The sound was my brother in a fist fight with a police officer. The whole street had come out to watch him get arrested, again. It was like an episode of "Cops". The one where the person getting arrested acts like a disrespectful idiot and the mom (my mom) is sobbing inconsolably in the middle of the street in her bathrobe while they throw her son in the back of the car. We were that family. Trashy. The seeds of not being good enough had been planted long before this, but, on that night they took root. The singer Jennifer Lopez is known as Jenny from the block. I was Jenny from th

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