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Category: Getting Unstuck


On quitting my job and freedom

[ 4 ] July 4, 2012

I sat at my beige desk, surrounded by beige walls and beige bookcases. The ceiling vent inexorably blew cold air on my neck, as it had every day for four years. I felt the beginnings of my daily boredom headache taking root as the afternoon stretched on, snagged and stuck on the eternal 2:33 pm.

"I am drawn to fire."

Creativity, passion, fire–the mysterious ways of The Pull

[ 3 ] June 27, 2012

Sometimes, you’re so fired up, your energy feels like a big glistening color-filled bubble in your chest, pulling you irresistibly toward creativity and success. But then there are the other times. If you’ve experienced The Pull, and then experienced the lack of it, you know what a slog it can be to try to work when it’s gone. So, what can you do?

A car speeding toward you--the first step to overcoming fear?

On cubicles, a death wish, and how I bought back my life

[ 0 ] May 22, 2012

I stood frozen, watching the car speed toward me. It was a deer-in-the-headlights moment: I knew I had to get out of the way, but there I stood, rooted to the spot as the car got closer.

children on a water ride demonstrate different reactions to fear

How do you approach fear? Fun quiz

[ 0 ] May 16, 2012

How do you approach fear? Take this quiz!

What's holding you back? (Free Guide)

What’s holding you back? (Free Guide)

[ 1 ] May 14, 2012

If you could do anything, if nothing was holding you back and there were no rules, no constraints, no money problems, no judgmental faces… what would you do?

overcome sadness and learn how to feel better

Let go and do more: One piece of the puzzle

[ 4 ] March 14, 2012

When you fight against yourself, you’re guaranteed to lose. Here’s one way to stop struggling against yourself and your feelings.

Live life to the fullest by overcoming fear: take off your mask!

Taking off the mask I didn’t even know I was wearing

[ 23 ] February 29, 2012

I pride myself on being real, but I feel like I’ve been putting on a false front here lately. It’s made it impossible for me to work. I’m tired of being afraid, so today I spill all.

A dog feels the letdown after tearing all the stuffing out of a new toy.

Overcoming Post-Holiday Blargh1

[ 0 ] January 12, 2012

Some people spring into the new year, filled with energy and resolutions, ready to take on the world. I am not one of those people. If you’re not either, here’s what I’ve found that helps.

Getting Unstuck by Cara Stein

How to Turn Off your Autopilot, Stop Waking Up to a Repeat of Yesterday, and Trade your Lead for a Jet Pack

[ 0 ] December 15, 2011

It seems like some people have it all figured out. They do what they want–make things happen and achieve their dreams. They love their lives and seem to be powered by rocket fuel. Meanwhile, you’re running on empty. It doesn’t have to be that way.

how to get unstuck movie--screen capture

You are being unrealistic. Tedium is part of adulthood.

[ 4 ] December 14, 2011

We know nothing is likely to change unless we act… yet we keep putting it off. It’s too hard, too scary. Maybe tomorrow we’ll figure it out. That’s how it is when you’re stuck. If you wouldn’t want to live your last year as you are now, help is on the way.

a small toy soldier is stuck in quicksand

10 Mental quicksand pits and how to get unstuck

[ 2 ] November 17, 2011

We all feel stuck from time to time. Here are a few patterns I’ve noticed about being stuck and how to extricate yourself.

The Baker family with their RV

How Adam Baker paid off $18,000 in debt: an interview

[ 0 ] September 20, 2011

Money can be one of the most stressful things in the world. After I quit my job, I started worrying more about money. I have my freedom fund to live off of–it’s not that I’m broke–but it still makes me kind of nervous not to have that cash infusion I used to get every two […]