It all started a few years ago when I decided that 2018 was going to be MY YEAR. I Googled “things I should do every day,” compiled a list of everything that was mentioned in the articles that showed up on the first page of the search results, and made a plan to randomly try a different, new activity every week.
The intention was to find out what would stick and help me become a better me. I even started a side project - a blog called Fluff the Cushions - to track and share my progress. It was named for what I believed to be the most inane of all the suggested "shoulds" - I should fluff my couch cushions every day.
I’m a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas. I dislike the never-ending stream of “have to do’s” – the shopping, the decorating, the way too jampacked social calendar, the gift wrapping, the perpetual feast of baked goods that leave me feeling like a bloated toad by the end of the year, and the pressure to create Instagram-worthy moments of a perfectly coiffed family, smiling in front of a pristinely-decorated Christmas tree, in matching pajamas, while lovingly holding up a gaggle of ever-so-thoughtful DIY gifts crafted from the most perfectly-muted pastel macramé.
In Season 3, episode 1 of the SheHive podcast, Life on the Other Side of Should, we talk about absurd holiday movie plots and what that means for your crazy ideas.
Pandemic, elections, working from home while homeschooling kids… worries about your job, your health, whether or not you’ll ever leave the house again… No matter which way you turn, stress rules our lives these days. And as hard as we try, we just can’t fake our way through it anymore - nor should we.
Chronic stress doesn’t just harm our mental health, it takes a toll on our physical health - particularly our immune system. And if there’s one thing none of us need right now, it’s to further compromise our immune system.
SheHive Partner, Lisa Schmidt, started out as a writer. Then came along a boy, a change of plans, and Lisa soon found herself in law school. After years as a successful litigator, Lisa returned to her creative roots last year and formed Your Law Geek, a small business providing legal research and writing for other lawyers.
This November, Lisa is taking a month off from her business to focus her efforts on another creative passion - writing a speculative fiction book. (Think: vampires!) Lisa sat down with us on Facebook Live to talk about NaNoWriMo, her month-long sabbatical and the importance of women's voices in storytelling. Click below to check out the interview!