May 23, 2019

Doing something you’ve never done before is a lot like high diving. If we’re brave, we eventually take the plunge, knowing we have little control over the outcome. That takes a lot of courage.

But what if you take that jump and completely bomb? What if your imagined swan dive turns out to be a belly flop? Worse, what if everyone sees?

This past weekend I attended the Pennwriters 2019...

November 9, 2017

Kyle Robidoux has participated in several marathons and completed his first 100-mile run earlier this year. He’s also legally blind. Kyle was born with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that eventually results in total blindness. Per Kyle’s estimation, his field of vision is currently down to about 3%, affording him a sort extremely narrow tunnel vision. Yet, he conti...

September 26, 2017

This is a love story:

Once upon a time, I took an aerial yoga class for my blog about being brave. The yoga class was okay, at first. Then the instructor asked us to invert and IT GOT BETTER! I reached into myself and found something I didn’t know I had: courage. A whole untapped well of it! That day something fundamental changed.

I don’t believe in love at first sight. Even Colin Fir...

July 27, 2017

The other day I read something that really resonated with me. I don’t remember the exact words, but the essence was: without fear, there can be no bravery. In other words, if you’re not afraid, you can be bold, daring, and audacious, but you can’t be brave, because bravery is defined as the act of overcoming fear.

I’m afraid. I’m anxious pretty much all the time. But in light of what...

July 6, 2017

Sometimes, being brave is easier with a friend. If I’m doing something way, way out of my comfort zone, for instance, or if I have to do something complicated. But, for me, it takes courage just to reach out. It’s an act of bravery to put myself out there in the first place. Putting myself out there opens me up to rejection, and rejection is like a message from the universe. Rejecti...

June 22, 2017

Sometimes the easiest things are the hardest. Take riding a bike, for instance. Most people look at a bike and see a pleasant, simple form of exercise. I see a trip into the bug-infested, traffic-filled outdoors that could lead to all sorts of disaster. It was a beautiful day today, though, and that inner Claudia - the feisty one who doesn't take any guff and is always pushing me to...

June 8, 2017

I write for money. I take on all sorts of freelance jobs from mom-blogging to academic science writing. But in my spare time – in my dreams and in my heart – I’m a novelist. I’m currently working on an urban fantasy novel – ancient gods and broken hearts and the end of the world. I’ve been working on it for over a year and I have a complete first draft written, but now I’m in my lea...

May 31, 2017

I used to be cute. At least, I used to feel cute. Nowadays? I live in ripped jeans. My makeup regimen is limited to lip balm and eyeliner. My five-year-old uses me as a napkin.

There are lots of reasons I was excited to try Chair Burlesque, but one of the main reasons was that I wanted to feel sexy again, even if it was just for an hour. The other main reason is that I’m a total ham,...

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So here's the deal

I'm not brash. I'm not bold. I suffer from anxiety and PTSD. But I like to explore. I like to get out there and live. This often puts me at odds with my brain. That's okay. Some days are filled with adventure! Other days I celebrate smaller things.

I know you hear it - that little voice telling you life is short. Let's take some leaps! Let's make some memories. Or let's just be proud we got out of bed today. Baby steps. Giant steps. It's all progress.

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- Sia

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I'm alive"

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