Me First, by Myself – For Real

Grad - mom and dadI lost both my parents in the course of the last 9 weeks .   As an only child I’ve often felt alone and somewhat isolated, but with the loss of both my parents, I feel that loneliness and isolation in a most keen way.  Like an encroaching seedling has been planted inside me and left to take over every available space in my heart, mind and soul filling me with sadness, despair and an aching that seems like it will never ever fade.  This seedling has illusive roots that can’t be completely found or eradicated.

This loss and level of aloneness has left me feeling completely unanchored. That piece of me, the touchstone of my entire life, is gone.  And there is nothing else in my life that has that kind of strength, that kind of history. It often feels like a stiff wind will just pick me up and deposit me where “it” wants to rather than where I want to go.  Let’s face it, just figuring out where I want to go is an overwhelming chore at this point.  Making any kind of real decision is just not going to happen right now.

Friends and family are saying loving, heartfelt things to me.  They mean well, and some actually mean what they are saying.  But right now, I don’t want to hear how “God” will take care of me.  Or how “Jesus” will see me through.  True as that may be, I’m not on friendly terms with either aspect of deity.  They have kicked me in the most vulnerable place possible and I don’t like them very much right now and am not really willing to chat with them.  Seriously.  WHAT were they thinking?

Being single and without children also adds a layer of “alone” to it.  You might say, “Well, that’s a choice you made.”  Really, it’s not.  It just happened that way.  And it adds to the depth of rootlessness that I feel now.  There is no “soft place” to land that consists of someone else who is there for me in the way that a husband or boyfriend is.

The thing that keeps me moving forward is that pinprick of light that is my own solidarity.  That piece of me buried deep beneath all the other whispering , “You will get through this.  Though ‘normal’ will never been the same, happiness will eventually be found again.  And you will find your way back to a place that feels anchored and secure.”

I’m sharing this very personal piece of my life because we all have that pinprick of light no matter what has happened.  Looking for it, and being willing to follow it in order to find strength, love and acceptance within ourselves is what Me First, By Myself is all about.  It doesn’t mean we’re always going to have it in our sights.  It will occasionally get obscured by what happens in our lives.  But it’s always there.

Me First, by Myself


Posted by on October 6, 2013 in A Rich Inner Life, Home


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What Color Makes YOU Feel Like a Million Bucks?

English: Felt Polski: Filc Magyar: Nemez

English: Felt Polski: Filc Magyar: Nemez (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.” – Coco Chanel

When I take myself out, whether it’s on a date, or to the grocery, it’s important that I feel like I look good.  So, I go to the closet and start considering what to wear.  One of the first things I look at Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on February 20, 2013 in Appearance


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Whose Happiness is it Anyway?

conquest of happiness

conquest of happiness (Photo credit: the waving cat)

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

You hear it all the time, “He doesn’t make me happy,” “She doesn’t make me happy,” “My job doesn’t make me happy,” “This place makes me unhappy,” “If I just had a million bucks, I could be happy,” etc., etc.  We all have a tendency to place the responsibility of our happiness on having the right things, or in the hands of someone else.  How much sense does that make?  Really? Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on February 17, 2013 in First Steps, Self-treatment


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Valentine’s Day – the Perfect Day for Self-love!

ImageSomeone today told me that Valentine’s Day was what she called “Single Awareness” day.  As in, the day she is acutely aware she’s single.

When we wear our relationship status like a mantle, we’re not being true to ourselves.  We’re allowing it to Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on February 13, 2013 in Ideas for Dates, Interests, Self-treatment


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5 Tips for Taking Yourself on a Lunch Date

5 Tips for Taking Yourself on a Lunch Date

When the day gets long at work, it’s a great time to get out of the office, or the building and go to lunch.  There’s no need for a lunch partner, because you’re good enough company on your own!  So take YOURSELF to lunch!

I did just this very thing today.  The weather was a bit overcast and cooler than it’s been, and that made it perfect for getting out and about.  So, my little red dress and I took ourselves to lunch!  When I found the way I intended to go block by road construction, Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 3, 2012 in First Steps, Ideas for Dates


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First Steps to Dating Yourself

It doesn’t really matter if you’re married, divorced, single, with children, without children, in your teens or in your sixties, you need to know what piques your interest.  What holds your attention and makes you think something along the lines of:  “More, please!” Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 28, 2012 in First Steps, Ideas for Dates


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