How To Attain Personal Freedom by Letting Things Go

A non-fiction article by Shayne McClendon

In my lifetime, I’ve had a diverse set of experiences but only recently have I begun to embrace the possibilities of personal freedom.

Freedom from those things that have always whispered in my subconscious. Freedom from the buried pain of my childhood and the (many) mistakes I’ve made as an adult woman. Freedom not from others or the wrong paths I’ve sometimes traveled, but from my own internal interpretation and reactions to those people and situations.

No one reaches middle-age without a mixture of beauty, heartache, self-doubt, and grief.

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Learning from Mistakes Changes Everything

A non-fiction article by Shayne McClendon.

We all make mistakes. You might realize you’ve messed up right away or it can take years to figure it out. No matter what, when you get the memo that things have taken a turn for the worse, your reactions can range from fury to intense sadness to embarrassment.

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” ~ Bruce Lee

Learning from mistakes is a talent you can learn. It won’t make the actual misstep any less negative but it can help you guard against making the same one twice. You must avoid repetition at all costs.

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How to Get Things Done and Save Your Sanity

A non-fiction article by Shayne McClendon.

Do you struggle with figuring out how to get things done? Do you feel as if there are endless items on your to-do list? Do you wake up overwhelmed or go to bed feeling as if you didn’t accomplish much during your day?

I understand your struggle.

I’m the official coordinator of the universe and an A-type personality who likes to check things off. I run out of time long before I run out of tasks to be completed. I have a tendency to beat myself up for perceived “failures” – no matter how big or small. I tend to focus on the “still to be done” list rather than the “you rocked that” list.

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How to Start Over and Create a New Life

A non-fiction article by Shayne McClendon.

Starting over is terrifying. No matter your age, your gender, or your position in life, drastic change can inspire feelings of panic, insecurity, and bone-numbing fear.

I’m in the midst of starting over, starting fresh, and creating a new life for myself. In my early forties, I’m beginning from ground zero with little money, no belongings, and a complete lack of a safety net. Before I started my journey, I focused on one simple truth:

That to which I devote my time, energy, and love will grow exponentially.

Originally, I focused on other people. I gave them all of my energy and attention until nothing remained for myself. As a result, I didn’t grow as a person, as a human being, as a woman in my own right.

 

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Stop Making Excuses and Remove Self-Made Obstacles

A non-fiction article by Shayne McClendon.

Anyone can look back on the past and point to a moment when you should have, could have, would have done something differently. From your present place in life, it’s easy to see glaring missteps, to beat yourself up, and replay them again and again as the years go by.

Most of us recognize when we’ve made mistakes (frustratingly, the realization is typically after the fact) and have collected a few regrets over the years.

What I’ve learned is that mistakes that teach a lesson are more valuable than getting it right sometimes, as strange as that sounds.

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