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March 20 - Introvert or Extrovert?
My therapist said I’m an ambivert. My husband laughs at this. “Whatever that means,” he says.
March 20, 2023
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Do parties and crowds fill you with energy, or send you scurrying for peace and quiet?

I definitely get energy from people. Although crowds can be stressful, I love music festivals and concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and conferences like Comic-Con or boondoggles where you can network. Dinner parties are my favorite. I really like events that are about 8-12 people where everyone can have time to talk but can also sit it out entirely and just listen. That seems to be the golden group size for both introverts and extroverts alike.

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September 01, 2021
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Maggie is back! Also: The "No Complaining" challenge.

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Hello new followers, I hope I don’t disappoint you. I want this place to feel like home, where we can escape the Thunderdome and process the world. Where we can post dog pics and recipes and book recommendations. Where we support each other as we get sober, lose weight, embark on new business opportunities, creative endeavors, relationships and travels. I want this to be your oasis of sanity and laughter in an increasingly mad world. A creative outlet where you can share your spirit with us.

We might not have any control over the news cycle—but we can control our habits and attitude. It all starts with us. And hopefully a little piece of that will start here.

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Really loving this one.

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Jena Friedman Knows You'll Hate This - WiW 236

Jena Friedman, comic and author of new book Not Funny: Essays On Life, Comedy, Culture, Et Cetera , has a frank conversation with Bridget about motherhood, parenting, and losing her mom while she was pregnant with her son. They cover the perils of turning to the internet for advice on sleep training, what gets you through grief and a staggering loss, the writer's strike, the middle class struggle, feeling disconnected, and what happened when comedians started to turn on each other. They also discuss trans activism, abortion rights, gun violence, media bias, and the process of writing a book - among other things.

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June 5 - What is a Woman/Man?
The writing prompts are back! And since everyone is talking about "what is a woman?" I thought we should dig into our Factory Settings and find out what we learned about this stuff.

If you are a woman, what messaging did you receive about womanhood? Same question for if you are a man? What messaging did you receive about manhood? From the culture? From your parents? From your religion if you were raised with one?

The writing prompts are back! And since everyone is talking about "what is a woman?" I thought we should dig into our Factory Settings and find out what we learned about this stuff.

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April 18 -

Pause whatever you’re doing, and ask the person nearest you what they’re thinking about (call someone if you have to). Write a post based on it.

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April 17 - Decisions, Decisions

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