It's a fact of human nature that many of us prefer to be in a state of contentment, of happiness, and stability. We like to feel safe, we want to be liked and loved, we need to feel needed at times.
In other words, we generally want… Continue
Added by Jenna Sauber on July 19, 2011 at 7:34pm —
I feel like I’m playing hooky today. I’m not on vacation, I’m not taking a sick day, but I’m not checking email or doing work either. I’m in between jobs.
It’s been three and a half years since I was transitioning from one job to another, and this time, it’s a… Continue
Added by Jenna Sauber on July 11, 2011 at 11:00am —
Whether you are recognizing your birth father, stepfather, stand-in father, grandfather, adopted father, or other type of father figure, here is to all of the dads and daughters out there — Happy Father’s Day.
My dad came into my life when I was five years old, living with my… Continue
Added by Jenna Sauber on June 19, 2011 at 6:57am —
As a kid, I hated running. Every time my dad would remind me that I needed to run to gain endurance for soccer or basketball, I cringed. It got to the point that it literally was forced into my schedule and I abhorred every step of the .7 mile lap around my neighborhood.
Then in middle school, I ran track...or rather, jumped hurdles. Short as I was, I needed more strides than most people, and it was more of a… Continue
Added by Jenna Sauber on June 1, 2011 at 5:32pm —
This post was supposed to be about my trip to Costa Rica. That changed when I talked to my mom yesterday morning and I learned that Harrison, my ailing 13-year-old dog, had been put to sleep while I was away.
For months I had been dreading the news. Maybe I had been dreading it ever since I received the… Continue
Added by Jenna Sauber on May 16, 2011 at 2:59pm —
After weeks of waffling between cold rains and random warm days, it seems like summer is pretty much officially here in DC. We've had a stretch of days with temperatures into the 80s, humidity first thing in the morning, and hot breezes into the late evening. Here we go!
Summers hold some of the best memories for people everywhere, whether you get them off, or slog… Continue
Added by Jenna Sauber on April 27, 2011 at 7:00pm —
Recently, I wrote about making a dedicated effort to try new things… Continue
Added by Jenna Sauber on April 17, 2011 at 6:56pm —
Full disclosure: that title came from my fortune cookie tonight. But it’s so fitting, as today I completed the Cherry Blossom 10 miler in DC — my first time doing that race and my longest distance yet since I started running races in 2010 (two 8ks & two 10ks down).
When I first signed up via the lottery a few months ago, I was excited and nervous, but April 3 was a long way down the road … literally and…
Added by Jenna Sauber on April 3, 2011 at 4:37pm —
We all have things we like or love such as food and movies (crawfish, Tom Hanks films), hobbies (tennis, quilting), activities we're good at (writing, cooking), or random quirks (ambidextrous). And some of us excel at certain things -- maybe we always have, or maybe we've newly grown into it.
If you're like me, you're competitive, you want to be good at something, maybe a lot of things, and you like being recognized for your skills. Since I was a little girl, I've considered myself a… Continue
Added by Jenna Sauber on March 24, 2011 at 5:50pm —
There are the people that are always happy, no matter what. They never seem to get angry, frustrated, sad, or down about anything. They may be standing in the middle of a hurricane, with no clothes on, and no one offering them help, and they’d still find something positive to say. It’s this guy, which Gallup says is the happiest guy in the country.
Then there are most… Continue
Added by Jenna Sauber on March 10, 2011 at 5:34pm —
Today I had one of those come-to-insert-higher-power-of-choice moments. It started as a slight scolding from someone who is looking out for me in more than one way (which I deserved), twisted and turned into "I've been where you are" stories, and ended on a positive, action-oriented note.
"Help me help… Continue
Added by Jenna Sauber on March 2, 2011 at 9:18pm —
Sometimes I wonder if I'm the only person who seems to have weeks with recurring themes -- a phrase, issue, or conversation that comes up again and again, sending you a message (and for me, a blog post idea). But I talked about it with my friend tonight, and she has the same experiences...feeling like after we've heard something at least twice in a week, it's a sign.
This week's theme happened to be letting go. First it was one of those chain emails that gave all kinds of examples of… Continue
Added by Jenna Sauber on February 3, 2011 at 9:44pm —
I was an avid journaler as a kid. Journals, diaries, whatever you want to call it, I kept it. I started with a tiny pink one with bears on it that had a lock and key. The entries were of the “Today, I …” sort. In middle school, I moved on to bigger books with no lock, even though the words carried more emotion, drama and… Continue
Added by Jenna Sauber on January 23, 2011 at 4:00pm —
- Credit: ccsmallbusiness.wordpress.com
get off the metro, walk into the office, or go into Starbuck's, and
everyone is saying it: Happy New Year! We all are walking around for the
first week or two with a glow,… Continue
Added by Jenna Sauber on January 3, 2011 at 6:29pm —
I don't know if it's more common for folks working in the nonprofit sector or not, but I know that I have a really hard time keeping work and personal life separate. And I don't mean the work-life balance like not checking email at night or talking about work with friends. I mean more like taking your work personally.
Raise your hand if you've ever written something that you think is awesome and then someone else (whether or not they know what they're doing) completely rewrites it,… Continue
Added by Jenna Sauber on December 7, 2010 at 6:38pm —
When looking back at a lifetime of memories, relationships, milestones, and decisions, it's easy to lump them into categories and think you're done with it. That was the "first job" stuff. That was the "move to the big city" year. That was the "neglectful father" stage. That was the "4-year relationship breakup" moment. That was the "new friends" phase. That was the "former BFF" summer.
They come together in weeks, months, or maybe years. They are represented by a blog entry here, a… Continue
Added by Jenna Sauber on November 15, 2010 at 7:00pm —
Tonight I celebrated the 31st birthday of a friend I met in DC just over a year ago, about a month before her 30th birthday, which I also was privy to. A small gathering in the backyard of her boyfriend's mother's house, we each went around the table toasting to her, sharing our little nuggets of how Molly has impacted our lives, whether we've known her for five years, a year, or maybe only a few months.
She's a connector, someone who puts you in touch with other fabulous, inspiring,… Continue
Added by Jenna Sauber on September 19, 2010 at 7:23pm —
Once the conversation is started on a big (HUGE), issue that runs deep and wide, has stretched through your heart and mind and soul for years, and become a part of your very existence, you wonder when it will ever be closed. If it involves someone close to you, someone that is always going to be a part of your life, and always has been, or has for most of it, it's even more of a question - when are all the questions answered? What questions can we ask? How does this end?
Added by Jenna Sauber on September 6, 2010 at 5:44pm —
How many moments a week, or even in a day sometimes, does someone or something make you want to explode and run out of the room screaming? Depending on where you work or who you live with, this could be more often than you'd like, or you could be lucky and those moments are rare.
Someone says something harsh, tries to accuse you of something, or you can't get your idea across. Someone keeps making stupid mistakes and not learning from them. Someone doesn't appreciate you for what you… Continue
Added by Jenna Sauber on August 10, 2010 at 6:55pm —
It’s been one month since I made a life-altering decision — to end my 4-year relationship with my boyfriend. Those of you who read this know that I’m pretty transparent about my life, but in this instance, I want to keep things relatively brief as it pertains to “what happened.” Bottom line: we were at different stages in our lives, and need to figure out what we want for ourselves and our futures – and it wasn’t exactly matching up. No one did anything wrong. The truth is that he’s been my… Continue
Added by Jenna Sauber on August 6, 2010 at 10:43am —