The Daring Way™: Daring Greatly Review

"Courage starts with letting ourselves show up and be seen." Brené Brown Happy September all!  Hard to believe that today is Labor Day which starts the beginning of my favorite season.  Something about the changing of the leaves, the crisp air, the yummy foods and of course a hot beverage with pumpkin spice.   I am always sad to see...[ read more ]


“I finally just decided to own my MISFIT STATUS.  That’s when things really started to take off”.  Author Unknown According to, misfit is defined as the following: misfit [ mis-fit for 1; mis-fit, mis-fit for 2; mis-fit for 3 ] verb (used with or without object), mis·fit·ted, mis·fit·ting:  to fit badly. noun:  something that fits badly, as a garment...[ read more ]

Procrastination or Fear?

“The really happy people are those who have broken the chains of procrastination, those who find satisfaction in doing the job at hand. They’re full of eagerness, zest, productivity. You can be, too.” – Norman Vincent Peale This month we have discussed celebrating your life, finding out your purpose and pruning so you can thrive.   So today I thought...[ read more ]

Pruning Exhaustion

“It takes courage to say yes to play and rest in a culture where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol.”   Brené Brown One of the most common aspects I am hearing lately is how exhausted people feel.  Exhausted with remote working, tired of a pandemic, overwhelmed with uncertainty and basically just over it all.  While being exhausted can...[ read more ]

From Burnout to Resilient

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation in which I rebuilt my life.” ― J.K. Rowling Last week you celebrated my birthday with me through discussing one of my most favorite Mark Twain quotes about the two most important days of our lives.   The first being our birthday and the second being when we discover our “why”.   Sometimes in...[ read more ]

Becoming Less Crispy

The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why. -Mark Twain Such a simple quote with so much power and insight behind it. Powerful enough to have found its way to a wall in my home and insightful enough to give me pause a few times a year...[ read more ]

Let’s Play Pretend – Compassion Fatigue

Melissa Russiano Monday Blog Posts Imposter Syndrome

“The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet” (Remen, 1996) Perhaps a dated quote, but one that I could not state more clearly, more intentionally and more directly. Let’s look at the definitions as per...[ read more ]

Let’s Play Pretend: Becoming Crispy

Melissa Russiano Monday Blog Posts Imposter Syndrome

“Burnout happens when you avoid being human for too long.” I know what you are going to say. Yep. No need to actually say it to me… Melissa, avoiding being human is how I function, NOT how I burn out. Got it and for a very long time believed it. But then I hit a point that my patience...[ read more ]

Let’s Play Pretend: Imposter Syndrome

“I have written 11 books but each time I think ‘Uh-oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.” —Maya Angelou “The exaggerated esteem in which my life work is held makes me feel very ill at ease. I feel compelled to think of myself as an involuntary swindler.”...[ read more ]

Daily Masks: Self Image

Melissa Russiano Monday Blog Posts

“People may call what happens at midlife a ‘crisis’, but it’s not. It's an unraveling - a time when you feel a desperate pull to live the life you wanted to live, not the one you are “supposed” to live….to let go of who you think you are supposed to be and embrace you really are.” Brené Brown When I...[ read more ]

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