With a flight of three small frozen margaritas lined up in front of me, I admit to my friend while catching up over dinner, “Things have been good. My career and family are great, and the podcast I’m on is doing awesome. But there’s something about this year—I’ve come to realize I really lack self-confidence. Like there are times I don’t feel good at what I do, and I’m afraid other people think so, too.” I gulp the raspberry-flavored concoction while I let those words hang. MORE
The first time I saw the Pixar film Inside Out, I had to hold back an all-out convulsive sob. My 7-year-old son, whose caring, sensitive soul constantly amazes me, looked up at me to see tears streaming down my face, and the pace of his own tears quickened. We saw the film a second time with my mother and 91-year-old grandmother, and four generations of tears flowed. The smartest and saddest movie Pixar has ever made, Inside Out comes to Blu-Ray Nov. 3 so you can cry with as many members of your family as you want in the comfort of your own home. Continue reading “5 Emotional Lessons from the Movie ‘Inside Out’”
Don’t call me a cheapskate. I’m not one of those extreme couponers who walk out of the drugstore with 30 tubes of toothpaste having paid only $3. The drugstore didn’t have 30 tubes, so I bought five and left one on the shelf for good karma. I became a self-proclaimed deal maven five years ago when I started a mommy blog FatHeadDog.com. My son had just been born and I couldn’t believe such small things (aka children) cost big bucks.
I wasn’t alone. In 2008 when I began blogging, there were an estimated 15,000 mommy blogs, talking about everything from diapers and deals to Down syndrome and postpartum depression. Today, according to Babble.com, 14 percent of all U.S. moms are mommy bloggers.
If I were 22 again, I would have been better at my first real job—a community newspaper copy editor. Sure, I knew AP Style well enough, but I remember adding superfluous commas and editing mistakes into the copy. I was the last set of eyes before the paper went to bed, and I was drunk on power and punctuation.
To be fair, those mistakes were something no ordinary person would recognize. Only journalists know about the tricky closed quotation mark at the end of a long quote that continues into a new paragraph. And we still get that wrong. AP created that rule simply to trick people I think. Let me demonstrate.
When I started FatHeadDog.com, I explained exactly how I scored all my great deals at CVS. Roll the clip. That’s video of me on NBC5 in Dallas bragging about my $4,000 in savings. And I wasn’t even trying that hard.
But soon, everyone had a Mommy Blog and I couldn’t keep up with the sheer volume of deals that came out daily. Something about a full-time job really cramps your blogging lifestyle.
Tony Little’s 2010 book, There’s Always a Way opens with a peculiar list. There are two columns, one with the words “Adversities of My Life” atop, and the other, “Victories of My Life.” Little, 56, has overcome more obstacles in one lifetime than 10 men combined.