Relationships

My Name Matters

My Name Matters

I recently started working at a local restaurant as a barista/bartender and the idea of it excited me to no end!!! In my second fictional book, one of the main characters is a bartender and PI, private investigator. While only on the receiving end of a bar, I hadn’t had the experience of hosting a bar, so when this opportunity…

New Year, New Leap!

New Year, New Leap!

“When you let go of fear and take a leap of faith, the net will appear.”   I read a similar quote recently and adapted it to my experience. Limited beliefs—fear and the sort hold us back from our authentic selves. A co-worker recently inquired, “Andrea, when and how are you so comfortable/open and free to engage people the way…

The Kindness of Strangers

The Kindness of Strangers

Everyone has encountered the kindness of strangers: someone waiting to hold the door for you, your dinner bill anonymously payed for, a helping hand as you struggle with bags, a compliment when you were feeling your best, but still needed the validation. All of these are good reasons and ways we enjoy one another. Last Spring, I made a conscious…

Me, Myself, I am Enough

Me, Myself, I am Enough

  I’m asked about confidence a lot. Why am I so confident? Is it innate, can one learn how to become more confident? What can I do to gain confidence? When I reflect on my own experiences, contemplating why I feel I am enough, several factors come to mind: I played sports since the seventh grade, I am number three…

Unapologetic Confidence

Unapologetic Confidence

Two words crossed the television screen as I watched some show for the second time because I hadn’t paid attention the first time it aired. There was a commercial, which is odd for me because I tend to fast forward passed these, however, this one caught my eye, and the words: UNAPOLOGETIC CONFIDENCE. The words resonated with me in a…

HAPPINESS

HAPPINESS

  A friend posed a question: “Can we really depend on another person to make us happy?” My first reaction was, “NO! Absolutely not. No one can “make” you happy if you’re not. You’re either happy or you’re not. You can certainly enjoy the company of another or find him or her entertaining. Happiness is found internally, not externally. If…

Five Things Every Man Needs to Experience

Five Things Every Man Needs to Experience

I wrote an article a while ago addressing this topic for women http://trustingthetingles.com/my-take-on-five-promises-every-woman-needs-to-make-to-herself/. Several people asked me, “What would your advice be for men?” While I think what I wrote for women can benefit men, too, there are inherent differences between the sexes, therefore, my advice is different. And do know, what I’ve written for men can benefit women as…

The Opposite of Love

The Opposite of Love

Most people assume that the opposite of love is hate. When you hate someone, there are lingering feelings present. Even if you think you want to see the other person suffer in some horrific way and be in pain—it’s typically because you’re in pain. Maybe you had grand ideas and dreams for the future that will not come to fruition,…