Independently Happy

I take happiness seriously. So you don't have to.

Getting vs. Becoming

getting vs becoming

Like so many things I do, this one drives me crazy. Remember back to November 11, 2013, when my kid and I were working towards getting our black belts in Taekwondo? It took us a couple years. During the May of 2014, I started having some health problems and moving. I was constantly getting dizzy, […]

Make Fear Fun

Make fear fun

It’s Halloween. I feel like I’ve said that before. It’s time to enjoy things normal people should be afraid of. What if we did that all the time? But instead of vampires and roller coasters, we if we made fun out of new foods, new friends, and new books? What if we make fear fun? […]

How to Conquer Your Fear of Rejection

fear of rejection

One of our greatest fears is rejection. We fear embarrassment. We fear what people will think. What if they don’t approve of me? What if they laugh at me? That fear is debilitating, so you need to know how to conquer your fear of rejection. What if I look dumb, or look like I support […]

An Experiment [Bonus Post]

an Experiment

[I’m adding an additional this additional bonus post.  It seemed timely.  Ish.  I hope it explains itself.  If not, let me know, and I’ll explain later.  Thanks for reading!] Several writers have recommended not  editing as I write as a means to boost productivity.  I’ve already backpspaced several times just in once sentence, so maybe […]

How to Conquer Your Fear of New Things


I love phobias. It fascinates me the fears of things for which we have words. What’s the word for a fear of awkward sentences? Neophobia is not the fear of The Matrix. Neophobia is the fear of new things. It could be the fear of trying a new item on your favorite restaurant’s menu, or perhaps […]