The Pleasure of Saying No

Saying no. How does that make you feel inside when you read that? If you’re a woman (especially), it’s likely to make you feel uneasy, uncomfortable, squeamish, and all sorts of other negative things. Hating to disappoint people is something many people, particularly women, have been conditioned to think is bad. Putting others first is some type of heroic act, …

The Results of Reducing My Alcohol Intake

Jumping on board with “Dry January” was something I decided in December. It was after coming back from a trip to Europe where I indulged in all things wine that I decided, starting in January, I was going to give it a rest for a solid month. Throughout the rest of December, I mentally prepared myself by giving positive affirmations …

Ways to Find Your Authentic Self: Getting to Know YOU

When we are born, like the second we are born, everything is neutral. There are no expectations to be the best little boy or best little girl, the brightest student, the best athlete. Oh, how quickly those things change, though. We are quickly bombarded with the issues and opinions from the adults who surround and raise us. They tell us …

Why to Travel Solo: Unexpected Joys

Solo travel is a hot topic. For us solo travelers, we can’t imagine or understand a world where people don’t want to travel alone. I mean…you get to do whatever you want whenever you want. No one is stopping you! Solo travel almost becomes a necessity for our mental health. For those who can’t imagine being alone for one minute, …

Shopping in New Orleans: Previously Owned Apparel

Living a more sustainable lifestyle appeals to me, and the older I get, the more important it is. Sure, we can have anything at our fingertips brand new these days, but do we really need it all? The answer, I have found, is no. I did a self-experiment by going on a buying freeze. Over the years, I’ve used buying …

Living Sustainably: Everything You Do Counts

The older I get, the more conscious I get about living sustainably. I’m not perfect at it, but I’ll die trying. Too often I hear people say things like “I don’t have time to think about that” or “What does this one thing I do really matter?” Well, it does matter. Everything we do matters, and to those who have …

Changes to Make in Your 40s

When I hit my 40s, I felt like a whole new world opened up to me. There was a lot of license to do things differently, although I can’t exactly explain why. Some of it is just age and comfort in who you are as a person, and some is realizing you could be halfway through your life. So then …

The Fear of Being Kind: How and Why to Overcome It

The idea of kindness seems to be popular. However, I wonder when the fear of being kind became the norm. Has it always been like this? Is it post-pandemic? I think it’s a combination of things, frankly. If you’re unsure what I’m talking about, I’ll explain. Have you ever had something upsetting or tragic happen to you and feel completely …

Best Walkable Neighborhoods in New Orleans

New Orleans is generally an easy city to get around in without a car. There are streetcars, pedicabs, buses, and then there are your legs that can carry you from one place to the next. With so many desirable sights to see, I highly recommend hoofing it through the neighborhoods, though some more than others. Even if you’ve walked an …

What to Wear This Spring

Springtime is one of my favorite times of the year. It represents new growth and warmer weather. The flowers are blooming all over the place, farmers markets are bustling, and businesses leave their doors open for fresh air. Breaking out short sleeves, dresses, and open-toed shoes are also refreshing after coming off of winter. Aren’t we all ready to put …