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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Be More Productive (Not By Beating Yourself Up)

A non-fiction article by Shayne McClendon.

Every day, I struggle with the time available and how to be more productive. When I run out of hours in the day before all my tasks are complete, I am merciless on myself.

No one is ever as mean to me as I am. I have a feeling that so many women face this same internal “takedown” so I’d like to talk about the series of events that brought me to a much-needed epiphany.

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How To Be A Good Friend and Not Throwaway Friendships

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A non-fiction article by Shayne McClendon.

Ah, friendships. When I hear someone refer to hundreds (or even thousands) of people on social media as “friends,” I kind of shiver. Can you learn how to be a good friend when the method of determining what that is seems to have gotten ridiculously ambiguous over the last ten years?

No matter how social we are, we’re losing vital social skills I’m beginning to worry will never return. Friendships have now become disposable for little or no reason. Hyper-sensitivity to every true or perceived offense is making it far too easy to walk away from histories (sometimes spanning years) built in the real or (increasingly more common) virtual world.

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Let’s Talk about Virtual Trust – Daily Superfood Love

A non-fiction article by Shayne McClendon.

A lot of words seem to have lost their potency in our modern world. Love, loyalty, and respect have all fallen by the wayside in our pursuit of instant gratification and likes on Facebook.

When we think about trust, most people immediately think about romantic relationships. Usually a toxic one where one of the parties is unfaithful. That’s a horrific situation to be in but it’s not what I want to talk about today.

I want to talk to you about the importance of virtual trust.

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