Category Archives: Feel good stuff

Posts that make you feel good, happy, etc.

What A Brilliant Decision Looks Like

One of my favorite movies is 1998’s “Sliding Doors,” starring Gwyneth Paltrow. The movie’s central idea: Harmless, inconsequential decisions set in motion the domino/butterfly effects of our lives—change one thing and you risk altering everything. That’s incredible and scary. We are faced with hundreds, even thousands of those kinds of choices every day. How can we recognize the important ones from the “it’s not even going to matter” variety? Keep reading for more awesomeness…


Secrets Of A Teenage Mall Rat

I looked back over the oodles of posts I’ve published and realized I need to lighten it up a bit. If not for you, dear readers, then for me. On that note…

I’m from a smallish city in Eastern Iowa that to this day only has two malls (I know, the horror), one of which was less than a mile from the house I lived in for almost twenty years. Westdale Mall was built in 1979 when I was ten, and from the first day it opened, you couldn’t get me to leave.

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What No One Tells You About Backsliding

Photo courtesy of Alvimann @ mourgeFile

Photo courtesy of Alvimann @ mourgeFile

If you grew up in or around a religious family or community, chances are you are familiar with the concept of backsliding. For those of you that didn’t, it means going back to wrong and sinful ways or naughty habits, like smoking, or eating pork rinds and Ben & Jerry’s at midnight. Basically, it’s a bad thing and something you should avoid at all costs. Keep reading for more awesomeness…


Throwback Thursdays: More than a dress

The dress, me and my little bro

The dress, me and my little bro

When I look at the professional picture of my three-year-old self, my right hand clinging to my younger brother’s shoulder, I think of two things: how I didn’t know at the time the picture was taken that in a few months divorce would split my family and how much I loved that dress. I remember scraggly bits and pieces about my parents’ divorce but I would remember every detail about that dress even if I didn’t have a single picture of it. Keep reading for more awesomeness…


I’m A Fraud…And Grateful

Yeah, you read that right. I’m a fraud. A fake. A poseur. It’s hard for me to admit, but like I say on my JUST WHO IS THIS KELLY WOMAN? page, I reserve the right to modify it as soon as I figure out who I really am. And friends, today is a dark, dark day in the realm of self-awareness.

So, here it goes.

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day was January 27th this year, and I missed it. Major fail for the woman who counts bubble wrap as the best mindless stress reliever ever (and an unintentional rescued wire fox terrier torture tool. Sorry Maisy! Mommy loves you, really).

Are you kidding me? Enough with the bubble wrap already.

Are you kidding me? Enough with the bubble wrap already.

When I learned I’d missed my best bubble buddy’s big day, I hopped on over to Wikipedia to see who or what else I may be ignoring. You know how many other unofficial observance days there are each year? A LOT. And this list doesn’t include all of them—they dissed my bubble wrap so now I call into question its validity (the list, not the bubble wrap). Keep reading for more awesomeness…