Life


Let’s Relearn the Lost Art of Gratitude

Conversations echo around the big lunch room. Well-dressed people sit at tables eating and chatting. “You would not believe how slow my computer is running today.” “My co-worker is driving me nuts! She can’t stop talking.” “I can’t believe my husband expects me to make dinner every single night. He never helps out with the kids!” “Oh my gosh, guys, the heater in my car stopped working. In November! It couldn’t have been worse timing.” While some may be legitimate […]


Why “Ariel the Human?”

While it’s true that “Ariel the Human” is a play on words, its real meaning is a whole lot deeper. And I actually stumbled upon it quite by accident. A few years ago when I set up my email account, I decided on using “arielthehuman” as part of it, because every time I meet someone they say “Oh! Like Ariel the Mermaid!” when they hear my name. When I was trying to think of a name for my vlog, I initally considered […]


Don’t Save It

“I can’t use those candles, I’m saving them for later.” “No, don’t eat those chocolates! I’m saving them!” “That bottle of wine is for a special occasion.” How many times have you said something similar? The candle, chocolate, wine or whatever it is is special to you. Maybe it cost more than you’d usually spend, or you just feel that to burn candles for everyday life would make them lose their importance. Those are good, legitimate reasons for keeping those things. But […]


A “Happy” List

Hot tea. Autumn leaves on the street. Journaling. Have you ever sat down to create a list of things that make you happy? I decided to do so, and it proved to be a very successful experiment. If nothing else, it encouraged me to actually enjoy these things more than I do now! I’m not a Pinterest fan, but I thought it would be a good use of the app to create a visual list of these things. Check it […]