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Talk It Out: Half Empty, Half Full

As I was out shopping for flower bulbs earlier and I started to think about my post yesterday and how so many of you connected with what I said, and how nice it was for me to hear that and to make the connection. And then I thought that perhaps you could use a little free space to just talk to me, one another, to the universe… just to vent I guess — to vent your frustrations and then to end your comment with a note like… I hate how isolated I feel working from home BUT I love that I can wear bunny slippers and have my dog lay on my feet all day.

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I will call this space the “Half Empty, Half Full” corner today. It’s where you can literally dump what makes your life, or job, or anything “half empty” but make sure that before you end your post you include your “half full” feelings, too.

Okay, so why don’t we get started. Who will go first? I can’t wait to see your half + half comments, this could potentially be a lot of fun!

(image: holly becker for decor8)

Posted by decor8 in real talk on January 28, 2010

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  1. HHenderson commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 10:55am

    This couldn’t have at a more appropriate time. I am juggling more than I can manage right now and feeling a bit more than half empty. Here goes…
    Half Empty: Due to a relocation for my husband’s career, we must sell our house in a terrible market and we cannot afford a big loss. I am therefore trying to sell it myself. If we must rent it, we will have to do so at a loss.
    Half Full: My husband was accepted into a very competitive residency program, and we have no debt but our mortgage
    Half Empty: My work is overwhelming, and I am also raising an 8mo baby while trying to work from home
    Half Full: I can work from home
    Half Empty: I have such little time to myself
    Half Full: I love my Tues night art class – my 3 hours of escape per week
    Full, Full, Full: We are healthy and have everything we need

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  2. frauheuberg commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:06am

    …a great talk about…let it out…;)…i´m not sure i can write this…not sure whether it is suitable…but i do…I hate sometimes to handle this balancing act between work and motherhood, but I love these smiles of our little one so much, which always bring me back to the ground…to my roots…like the quote by maya angalon…”no one comes from the earth like grass, we come like trees, we all have Roots…”…and this feel vey good…;)…
    .-= frauheuberg´s last blog ..make a note =-.

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  3. Carrie @ CarrieCan commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:06am

    Okay so here goes ;)

    I hate how dark and cold it is outside BUT I love drinking hot choco and snuggling up on the couch underneath a warm blanket
    .-= Carrie @ CarrieCan´s last blog ..Quick links =-.

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  4. Caitie commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:09am

    I’d to like to vent:)
    Half-empty: A few days ago my boyfriend of 1.5 years broke up with me. He was the first boy I fell in love with and I gave him my whole heart. It was out of the blue completely…a few days before he had actually sent me flowers just to tell me he missed me. He blamed it all on the distance. I’m in FL, hes in VA now. Soo, my first heartbreak has not been pretty. Anyone have any advice on how to get over it? I just can’t picture myself with anyyyone else

    Half-full-Hopefully I’m moving to Chicago with my sister this summer, and I can’t wait for a fresh start:)

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  5. Julia commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:10am

    I live in the Netherlands (4.5 years now!) and yeah, it can be difficult at times. It especially was in the beginning – learning the language, getting used to the Dutch way of doing things, basically building a new life here. What I still find difficult is to be away from my family, I wish I could see them more often!

    On the other hand (here comes the ‘half full’ part!!), I love living here, it IS my home! I love the new experiences I’m getting that I never would have gotten had I stayed in Sweden. I now get to know what it’s like having a baby in a different country, starting a small business in a different country – and I’m able to study goldsmithing here!

    All in all, moving here wasn’t the easiest – but I love living here and I think it’s been very rewarding.
    .-= Julia´s last blog ..Tulips and snow =-.

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  6. Mandy commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:10am

    I hate that my husband is deployed for four months. I am alone with two children under five.
    BUT….I have a wonderful family that comes to help out and fabulous friends that love me!

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  7. Renee A. commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:14am

    Well, I have a lot of complaining to do,so hope you don’t mind. :) I’m upset b/c we had to leave our nice,beautiful house in MI b/c my husband got a job in VA….we were separated for 2 years due to my children & I staying in MI to try to sell our house while I attended college full time.Oh, and right before me & the girls moved my in-laws came for the first time to meet the girls & I from overseas & my mother-in-law hated me from the beginning & fussed very loudly everyday (thankfully she doesn’t speak english so I didn’t know what she said) & hurled insults at my husband only b/c she doesn’t like American women. :( We finally moved to VA (my in-laws stayed with my husband until 2 weeks after we moved in) this past July with our house still not selling & worth just half of what we paid for it 5 years ago.Now we live in a house where my kids & I are not happy (don’t like the people,the school,etc.).I have not gone back to school out of depression & gaining weight from all the drama of going through 5 realtors & over 200,yes, 200 showings & not one sticking offer on a house everybody says is beautiful but there was just too many more expensive houses selling cheaper so we couldn’t compete. I really want a degree in political science & I don’t know what I want to do just yet..anything from librarian to teaching to being a professor, but I also want another baby & I also want to try sewing & crafting & freelance writing for a while, but I’m too scared to start & don’t even know how/where to start. I know that whatever it is I’m missing from my life is due to my own attitude but how do I kick myself in the butt & make all my things reality?I’ve started exercising again (before the drama of the house, I would exercise 6 days a week & felt good. Now I just feel like a slob that’s wasting away & not doing all that I want & all that I can.Ok,thanks for letting me rant! Even though I have a lot of complaints I am happy that my husband has a job & we’re all together after being apart for so long & that we have our health & shelter. :)

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  8. luisa commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:18am

    hello holly,
    i JUST listened to your podcast from yesterday and it’s funny to read this here now as i’m sitting in my office and thinking about what you’ve talked about.
    i like my job quite a lot but right now i could just quit and do what i really ejoy. at this point in my life i realize my glass is neither half full nor half empty. i’m inbetween two lives.
    here in our advertising agency they say “everyone is a creative” yeah right. as soon as you’re having a great idea with you could win great ad awards with and start a revolution you’ll get limited by either your own colleagues who are afraid of selling it to the client or it’s some legal restriction. i guess that’s the price for working in a 250+ employee office. on the other hand – as soon as i’m home i sit down and generate ideas and produce a creative project that deeply satisfies me.
    i’m grateful that i actually HAVE a life beside my work, that i can look forward doing something after being limited and bored after 8 hours of advertising.
    but overall i can say my glass is half full! and your thoughts on BYW inspire me and make me think of things to make the glass even FULL :-)
    thanx for that.
    .-= luisa´s last blog ..I feel a sin coming on… =-.

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  9. decor8 commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:23am

    Oh this is fun! I love to complain sometimes, but then to sort of wrap up the meltdown with a smile. Okay here’s my rant:

    I hate that, despite how so many of us left the corporate world behind, we then over go into the freelance world with big smiles being all helpful and humble but then after gaining rank or popularity we often become the very jerks we were dying to get away from in the workplace. I hate how success and money sometimes turn others that I work with into Dr. Evil. (insert pinky in mouth)

    But I love that despite how upset I get when I see some of my freelance colleagues play favorites, form their little groups, and do much of the same high school crap that I hated at work — that at least as a freelancer I can turn my music up really loud and take a 5 minute dance break in my home office which is my living room currently and shout “Screw it!” from the top of my lungs because my neighbors aren’t home — they are all at work. At least as a freelancer I can shut my laptop and certain people disappear. :)

    But at the end of the day, I am HAPPY because I truly love my life.

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  10. Iva commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:24am

    What I do is very time consuming and perhaps that’s what I hate most about it. Architecture and interior design (especially both of them combined) are very, very demanding and it is really hard to keep your job away from it becoming your life.
    My half full part must include passion. Because I haven’t really heard of someone doing this and not feeling passionate about it, it’s just impossible!
    .-= Iva´s last blog ..Inspiration: Man Shops Globe =-.

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  11. emily at thirtyeight20 commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:25am

    Half empty: My house renovation has been an utter disaster lately, and I just told my husband last night that I’m not sure how much longer I can stand it — mainly because I work from home and never get to escape it. We live out of 3 rooms and have no kitchen, so my world feels very small some days.

    Half full: Despite its issues, our house will eventually be beautiful, unique (it’s an 1880s log house) and way more valuable than what we started with. Because I work from home I get to spend my commuting time doing small projects around the house — and I get to hang out in the most heinous, comfortable clothes all day!
    .-= emily at thirtyeight20´s last blog ..Homemade Thirtyeight20 Business Cards =-.

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  12. HHenderson commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:29am

    luisa – here is a site that should make you laugh and perhaps feel a bit more “half full”: http://www.businessguysonbusinesstrips.com Enjoy!

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  13. Ani commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:31am

    Hi Holly,
    My whole life is a series of half full/half empty! Work life (graphic design at home) is so overwhelming that I can never ever catch up. Now this is a half full/half empty situation because I am grateful to be so busy when so many are out of work. My husband just got a job (half full) making less than half of what he was making after a year+ of unemployment. But he is very happy with his new job and less stressed (half full). So believe me, I’m grateful (half full) but I’m totally stressed and overworked (half empty). On top of it all, I have a 16-year old girl, a 23-year old son, a dog, a house, elderly parents, a very, very messy office, and millions of interests (painting, drawing, cooking, cookbook writing, seeing friends, movies). So it sounds like complaining but it really isn’t. I just want to catch a breath. I always manage to find time for fantastic fun with my daughter (half full), not so much my husband (half empty) because of crazy work hours. Also I’m taking your blogging class which I absolutely love. So I now have a blog too! I think the trick is to just let some things not be perfect and let them be half full — laundry, housework, etc. Learning to say “So what?” is a more than half full feeling. Nothing is perfect all the time but the important things in life are health and family and happiness. And somehow it all gets done and life goes on. (I should list my top five priorities!) And that’s my rant.

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  14. erin / dfm commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:41am

    ha! oh holly. ohhhhhh holly.

    i’m nodding my head at your entire comment. my cuppa? i hate the competitive vs. collaborative attitude that we, as bloggers, are sort of forced into. the community can be fantastic, but we’ve established some sort of us vs. them mentality that couldn’t be further from the truth!

    on the other hand, we are lucky, blessed and extremely fortunate to have voice, with something to say and a platform to say it. this world has so many half-empty moments, but all we need is a bit of tea and conversation to fill it back up! ;)
    .-= erin / dfm ´s last blog ..sarah doyle. =-.

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  15. Dana commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:44am

    Hey Holly! I just twittered something to you LOL. @decolove
    I guess I´m a lucky girl, right now, my life is almost filled with love, a nice work, beautiful friends, an amazing family, and a great boyfriend. Nothing’s perfect, I know, and I’m aware one day you’re up and the next you don’t know… I’m thankfull for my life and the little pieces around it.
    Lots of love,

    Dana
    .-= Dana´s last blog ..My Dream Office =-.

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  16. Camilla @ Hygge Nook commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:49am

    Half empty: Working from home as a freelance writer can be isolating.
    Half full: I can take a shower in the middle of the day, I can take knitting breaks, there’s no office politics. Working for myself is hugely rewarding and it’s the best job I’ve ever had.
    Half empty: It’s tough being a full time mother.
    Half full: I’m so privileged to see my children take their first steps and I love hearing the funny things they say. Endless supply of cuddles and wonderful memories.
    Half empty: Living in a rented house
    Half full: It’s just one step towards the forever house.
    .-= Camilla @ Hygge Nook´s last blog ..Thursday Three =-.

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  17. natalyn commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:52am

    Half empty: husband still looking for work, good friend losing her baby and feeling helpless to comfort her, constantly dealing with “not-good-enough” feelings concerning new business.

    Half full: son acing his latin and vocab tests and reciting his Walt Whitman poem flawlessly this week, 60-degree weather today which makes for a great photo shoot time!, constantly dumping “not-good-enough” feelings concerning new business.
    .-= natalyn´s last blog ..day 137: inside my journal, day four. =-.

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  18. Amy@Pikaland commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:53am

    What fun, and a great way to think of things!

    I hate that I became invisible to everyone and that I disconnected myself from the publishing world when I became a freelancer. BUT, I’m happy I made the decision because those people who I thought were my friends were never very nice people anyway, and being in that job would never have made me as happy as I am right now – pursuing my own dreams and building my future the way I envisioned it. :)

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  19. Tracy commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:54am

    another great topic, Holly :)

    I *hate* my office job of 9 years because it crushes my creative soul and stressed me out.
    -BUT-
    I *love* that I actually have a job in this harsh economic climate, and I can pay my bills (or buy crafty supplies!). I’m using my dissatisfaction as motivation to move on as well.
    .-= Tracy´s last blog ..scrap paper fun: part one =-.

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  20. Sam commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:57am

    Holly, I love that you referenced “that high school crap” above. I’ve literally been wondering this week if I’ll ever fit in with the artist crowd if I don’t have a tattoo! I’m 35 years old for goodness sake, and there are still those “in crowds” that I never quite feel part of…

    Then, I ran across this quote this morning: “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
    — Jack Kerouac

    Funny that I feel like a misfit Without a tattoo!
    .-= Sam´s last blog ..What to do with Washi Tape =-.

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  21. Renee A. commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:57am

    To Caitie: You don’t have a blog for me to respond to, so I’m posting here. I’m so sorry that you are going through this…. we all do. It will get better….trust me, it does. If it’s meant to be, you both will find a way to make it work, but if it’s not, you will have to let it go (I know it will be hard), but know that whatever is meant for you, it will happen.We often think we know what’s best for us, but we really don’t.Mr. Right will most likely appear when you least expect it & you will have true happiness. I’m really thankful that I didn’t marry the guys that I thought I was meant to be with, I wound up marrying the one person I never thought I’d like, let alone marry & I’m am so happy with him.Just live your life & be open to new possibilities & you will be surprised at what will come your way! :) Going to Chicago will be good for you to find yourself & your future.
    .-= Renee A.´s last blog ..Giveaway at Grosgrain =-.

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  22. diane commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 12:02pm

    half empty: trying to find a balancing act between doing what I WANT to do (playing w/my vintage shop) and doing what I HAVE to do (laundry, cooking, cleaning, blah, blah, blah…) is difficult. When I spend time on my business, something at home falls through, when I spend time on the house, some things in my business don’t get done (ie; blogging!).
    half full: I LOVE that I get to stay at home and don’t have to technically work for anyone (but me!).
    half full: I LOVE that I get to SHOP as a job!
    half full: I LOVE that my kids can work right along with me as we venture out to auctions and estate sales together. I guess you could say I’m homeschooling them in the vintage trade!
    half FULLEST: life is good, even though I feel like whining at times!

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  23. Jess aka The Shoestring Bride commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 12:18pm

    Loves this idea.

    Half empty: Hate that I am still struggling with depression. That I cannot seem to stick to a normal sleep pattern
    Half full: I found fullfillment in blogging and helping other brides and girls with their weddings

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  24. Johanna commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 12:58pm

    I am very sad that my best friend lives 3 hours away, but I am sooo glad that she tries to schedule her local work trips around my schedule so we can get together as often as possible!!
    .-= Johanna´s last blog ..Thursday’s covet =-.

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  25. Rachel commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 1:10pm

    I love this!

    Half Empty: I am exhausted at the office. The days are flying by in a blur, and everything that should take 15 minutes takes at least an hour because people aren’t doing what they should be doing.
    Half Full: I only have to work 30 hours/week isntead of the traditional 40.

    Half Empty: My husband leaves on a business trip to Hawaii in two days, and I have too much at work to tag along.
    Half Full: I have a week all to myself, 7 days to accomplish all the projects I have been putting off.

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  26. Rachael, Pistachio Press commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 1:27pm

    Half empty::: Feeling overwhelmed by work and email, never having enough time, comparing myself to others, still taking on too much

    Half full::: Working from home/studio, printing beautiful things, having enough work to take vacations and buy good cheese, have a husband who throws me pizza party’s and cranks the press when I need him to, two loving pups to cuddle with every morning. The good outweighs the bad!

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  27. Frau Mayer commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 1:28pm

    It’s very German, to complain bout everything. But you know what, Holly? I won’t! I’ve decided to be happy with what I have – and I do have so much! My life might not be at its fullest right now but there’s so much anticipation. So – no half-empty category for me today.
    As for half-full, well, you feel my pain. Searching for that perfect flat in the loveliest of all cities :) It’s fun but all those Laminat-monsters out there!
    .-= Frau Mayer´s last blog ..Freedom is so near or Happy Cats =-.

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  28. Natalie from MD commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 1:28pm

    Guided reflection always helps me think more clearly, thanks Holly!

    Half empty: I still despise my current job and long commute, my fiance and I have decided that we should sell our house and downsize to an apartment, meaning our first home, year of house work, and vegetable garden will no longer be ours (if we can sell it)

    Half full: This job has helped me define my priorities in life, my fiance, dog, family, yoga, living sustainably, and being closer to home, and in some ways I’m very excited about apartment living again, a chance to rid myself of too much stuff and redecorate a fresh space. Also, my fiance and I realized our mutual goal in life: own a small farm where we can be as self sustaining as possible and to have a family. Right now my class is more full than empty, and that is a hard thing for me say :o)

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  29. Allison commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 1:38pm

    I’m totally feeling this way today.

    I love my job, my boyfriend and my life, but it all makes we feel old and tied down.

    So here it is:

    Half empty: I hate growing up and feeling like all the best fun is behind me

    Half full: I love that all those grown up things, like a job and commited relationship, mean I can finally afford to do the things I really want to do with my life!
    .-= Allison´s last blog ..Quarter Life Crisis =-.

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  30. Becci Murray commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 1:45pm

    Half Empty:
    ~Working from home can be very isolating and lonely.
    ~I am unable to be where my heart truly wants to be due to circumstances.

    Half Full:
    ~I am healthy and happy and am so blessed to have people in my life who love me/inspire me/make me laugh on a daily basis.
    ~I get to work from home, which means no commute, no obnoxious co-workers, and sweet freedom to do (mostly) as I please.
    .-= Becci Murray´s last blog ..Nothing in Particular =-.

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  31. ishtar commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 2:02pm

    Half empty:

    * My marriage is going through a difficult time..I don´t know where it will take us…

    *Half full:

    Watching my kids play in the bathtub who holds their breath longer..

    Knowing EVERYTHING is always perfect. Living life with concious awarness helps me understand the process I´m going through.
    .-= ishtar´s last blog ..strawberry sunshine =-.

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  32. Robyn commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 2:06pm

    Half-Empty: My boyfriend of a year and 8 months dumped me on Christmas Day. If that wasn’t the kicker, I had just bought us a trip for 7 days to visit his friends in Louisiana. Needless to say, he went. I stayed home.

    Half-Full: I joined a gym on NYE to create an outlet for myself, I’ve lost 15 lbs. to date. Take that!

    Half-Empty: I don’t love my job, it’s draining and I work way too many hours for the pay.

    Half-Full: I have a job! It’s that simple fact which I am grateful for.

    Half-Empty: I bought a house I can’t afford monthly mortgage payments on in 2007.

    Half-Full: I found a wonderful roommate who became a great friend.

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  33. Maria Helena commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 2:30pm

    Sam, i loved your Jack Kerouac’s quote!

    Working from home trully makes me happy and i love freelancing but what most people don’t know is that, freelancers usually work more hours: some weeks are so crazy i forget to have dinner or just relax a bit !

    The boundaries of work / personal life get blured. Sometimes i miss getting home from work and just have fun, relax or do whatever i wanted, it’s nice to ‘leave’ the work at the ‘workplace’. I try to do that at home, i have routines as well, but it’s more dificult and it takes a lot of self-discipline!

    The half-full is that i love the lifestyle, i love the coffee breaks with friends, i love, as you said Holly, putting loud music or dance whenever i want.

    There’s always 2 sides of the same story, we just have to know what makes us happier in the end, because nothing is ever ‘perfect’.
    .-= Maria Helena´s last blog ..Sanna Annukka =-.

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  34. Kristi commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 2:39pm

    Love this idea Holly!

    So my kids smeared blue cake into my white carpet today. It’s not coming out, even with the help of the steam cleaner and lots of product. But, it made for some funny pictures that I’m sure I will laugh about later. :)
    .-= Kristi´s last blog ..Inspired by words: kind words =-.

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  35. Lauren commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 2:51pm

    Oooh, this is great; what a fantastic idea! Love the comments above…I really feel for everyone out of work or dealing with difficult relationships.

    I think there is one last “half-empty” in my life that I’m trying to get rid of and that is my waitressing job that pays 90% of the bills. I want desperately, more than anything, to make all of my income from my artwork, so I can leave this job and never have to subject myself to the drama and negativity of the service industry again. You really get to see the worst side of some people while waiting on them, and being put down or treated like you’re less-than-human is a real morale killer.

    However, I love making my artwork! I love each time I get a sale at my etsy shop and hear from a satisfied customer about how happy they are. I love my boyfriend, our cat, our awesome apartment with a walled-in garden out here in the desert, my amazing friends, supportive family and the fact that I have a roof over my head and exciting events on the horizon.

    In the end, I think the good far outweighs the bad, so I keep trying very hard not to focus on the “half-empty”.
    .-= Lauren´s last blog ..Recent jewelry activity =-.

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  36. Tracy Elaine commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 2:58pm

    I hate that my job changed from being exciting and challenging to easy, boring, and predictable last year because of the recession (half empty).
    Since my job is so easy and predictable, I have lots of time to read blogs and find more interesting things to learn and look at while I’m at work, which I’m hoping I can parlay into a new position or career this year (half full).

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  37. ruxandra commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 3:00pm

    Here it goes…
    Half empty: so much to do and times just goes by, plus, have you ever been through a Valentine’s day alone and everybody around you is just so in love?Well, it’s quite another year in the row for me…
    Half full: i enjoy as much as i can my high-school life, i have my friends and my family and i am in a journey of discovering myself.If i do not know and love me, how could anyone?

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  38. helen commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 3:13pm

    I NEED to vent! Thanks Holly for giving us this opportunity!

    I’m stressed out about what my mom will be doing in the future (she stays with us for months, which is not an ideal situation, when she’s in town) and the idea of having baby in the near future. But I have a job, I have time to myself (not as much as before but still do), have a lovely husband. But said husband is very stubborn and is experiencing health issues: back pain and newly developed neck pain. And if we have a baby next year (which means I’ll have to get preg later this year) means I will not have a second of time to myself anymore. I think, this on top of everything else that seems to be going on in a January is really stressing me out!

    Sorry to end on a negative note, but I hope typing this out will allow me to think straight and prioritize in the coming month.

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  39. Eliza commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 3:26pm

    half-empty: I can’t find a hip-hop class for adults in my area

    half-full: I feel like dancing!
    .-= Eliza´s last blog ..Embracing changes =-.

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  40. the green gal commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 3:35pm

    What a great post and great idea to invite everyone to join in, thank you! Okay,
    Half empty: I worry too much about everything and anything and that holds me back from enjoying life as fully as I could do. In the big scheme of things my half empty stuff isn’t very important, really I just wish that my dad was still around to see how well his family are doing and just to still be here.
    Half full: I had an amazing father and I’m blessed that I knew him for as long as I did. I’ve recently gone part-time at work and absolutely love working at home on crafts and building up my freelance writing. I’ve met so many incredibly talented and kind people through blogs and twitter and there’s a whole new creative world out there outside of my regular creative job world that I love! My family are healthy and happy, as are my amazing husband and adorable dog, oh and me!
    .-= the green gal´s last blog ..A mini pinny =-.

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  41. Karen commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 3:53pm

    Half empty: struggling with my job and finances.

    Half full: My husband has a job interview for an amazing job for a lot more money.

    Half empty: it would require us to move to the country over an 1 hour plus away.

    Half full: today I feel better than yesterday, and I have a husband, dog and cat who loves me beyond compare. Oh, and I get to have a play date with my niece on Sunday!

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  42. LisaT commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 3:54pm

    Wow, it’s comforting to see so many other folks here giving a shout out to the good as well as the not so good in their lives. Sometimes its easy to forget that we are all doing what we can to find a balance. Know what I mean? Sometimes I’ll get to chatting with someone, then leave the conversation thinking that that person has it “so much better” than I do. Thanks to everyone for the reminder that we are all doing what we can.

    My half full: A great job with a variety of duties so I never get bored.
    My half full: My great job pays very, very little!

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  43. Karyn commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 4:02pm

    Half empty: My job takes me away from my family a lot – tons more than I would ever want (I am in the military, stationed on an aircraft carrier).

    Half full: Said job is a great job, extremely fulfilling, gives me a lot of pride, always interesting, and full of lots of great opportunities.

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  44. Sara commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 4:13pm

    I’d like to play!

    Half empty: I work in a corporate office, sitting in a cubicle all day just so my 14 month old son can go to daycare and my husband and I work to keep our house and cars. I miss my son terribly and I have some issues with the daycare he’s in. It’s another battle trying to make sure he’s healthy, safe, and happy.

    Half full: My son is happy, safe, & healthy (other than the seasonal cold, cough and drippy nose), I’ve been married 3.5 happy years and have been with my husband for 7 years. We’ve created so many fun memories traveling and now we have a house and started a family.

    It’s also reassuring to read that there are many of you out there battling with similar ups and downs, whatever they may be, we all feel the same burden on our shoulders as well as relief. Sometimes is nice to know I’m not alone.
    .-= Sara´s last blog ..Soapy Business (1 of 5 Reviews) =-.

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  45. Brigitte commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 4:16pm

    oooh..I love an open invitation to complain. ;)

    Half empty: While I am glad I changed careers a year and a half ago, I very much miss having a team working for me. While my job is less stressful, and I generally like it, I miss the high of mentoring team members. I also hate some of the grunt work that falls on my lap, because my trade association is so small. I did some of this stuff when I was an intern, and I hate having it on my plate again!

    Half full: Even though work is incredibly busy right now, I only put in a fraction of the hours I dedicated to my old career. This gives me time for blogging, cooking and all sorts of fun activities. For the first time, I can go to the gym after work and still have time to make dinner or go visit a friend!
    .-= Brigitte´s last blog ..Sometimes We’re Just Waiting for a Cause =-.

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  46. casapinka commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 4:24pm

    I love how people are sharing such intimate moments here – there’s a lot of rawness and I think that it’s important to support each other in this imperfect life. Half empty: disseminated Lyme Disease has really crippled me in a lot of ways, making me feel a bit isolated and wishing I had more energy and less pain. I don’t like to talk about it on my blog – who wants to read about depressing stuff? But it’s hard to be authentic right now and pretend that all is perfect.
    Half full: I’ve discovered that my friendships are strong, and I’ve found inner strength that I didn’t quite know that I had. My husband is a rock and I’m so blessed to have married my soul mate. I’m able to read a lot with the extra down time and I’ve learned to reach out and ask for help. I’ve been able to take some pretty photos and when my energy is good, make some pretty things for my apartment. I learned to paint which feels so wonderful among a bunch of pill bottles and doctor’s visits. Simple things that I accomplish feel important and are done conscientiously, from making honey tea for my daughter’s homework or organizing a bookshelf. Since I know that tomorrow I might feel rotten I really treasure every moment that I feel like myself.
    .-= casapinka´s last blog ..Pink painting =-.

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  47. Petra :-) commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 4:42pm

    half empty: that I still not found the shop where to buy *plenty* of time ;-) and that always at any time ideas swirling in my mind…it is like a permanent movie running in my head…I have this since I am a child….and wherever I am going, whatever I am watching…new ideas…that´s why I love to be over the clouds in a plane…it´s like pressing the *pause* button
    half full: living some kind of a nomadic life…working in my own atelier *what a bliss* and 100% satisfaction with what I am doing :-)

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  48. Carolina commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 5:20pm

    Oh boy. Umm..

    Half empty: I’ve been feeling really blah the last few days. Unmotivated. Uninspired. Overwhelmed.

    Half full: When I feel like this I get over it sometime, so I have that to look forward to :)

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  49. seleta commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 5:32pm

    half empty :: i feel like i can’t effectively balance 4 kids + domestic duties that well. lately i’ve been edgy + uptight which is the opposite of my best self i strive to be.

    half full :: i am grateful to have such a sweet brood and soulmate of a husband who is the best team player ever.

    lesson :: let go, loosen up, go with the flow. appreciate the simple things. still working on that!!!

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  50. annie commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 5:56pm

    What a great idea Holly!! We all have our grievances and its nice to vent, but I love that we have to end it with a “Half-full”, it really puts everything into perspective.

    Half-empty: I live in Chicago and it is freezing and gray! (and not like the beautiful gray mood board in the Jeltje Photography post!)

    Half-full: Its the first sunny day we have had in I don’t know how long! I stood outside today and let the sun beat down on my face and I feel totally rejuvenated!

    I just want to say to Caitie in post #4. . . First heart breaks are always the worst! I’m so sorry to hear you are going through that, however – now you get to fall in love all over again and it’s THE BEST FEELING EVER!! Plus you are moving to Chicago which is such a rad city with super cute boys, so come summertime you and yr sister are going to be in heaven!
    Good Luck – feel better – just remember Half-full!!

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  51. alex commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 7:01pm

    I am a pollyanna; I love life, I do a lot, I see possibility in everything. I strive to have the best life possible for me. So I find it frustrating to feel as if I’m surrounded by debbie downers – people who are angry at you for being happy, or are jealous if you have ideas or do certain things, or tell you you can’t do certain things because they don’t understand or wouldn’t.

    It frustrates me so much especially in America where we’re all supposedly striving to live well – we go to work, we praise education, we talk about the good life. But then there seems to be so much hate and fear towards those that are REALLY doing that. That those who are happy must be lying, or they’re stupid, or there’s missing something, or they’re crazy or had an easy life.

    I don’t know what’s so wrong for jumping into something and looking for the best. I don’t know what’s wrong with trying so many different things from jobs to cities to countries. What’s wrong with owning the fact that one loves their life? Or is happy? Why do I feel like i Have to dumb down things to be accepted or I come across as snooty?

    I feel like we should all support each other in the happy/joy department. One persons happiness does NOT take away from yours. One person success doesn’t mean you won’t have it. And one person out there loving life does NOT mean that it’s fake. It means there’s a lot of work going into getting what they want.

    And isn’t that all what we’re saying we’re doing? And the point of sharing those journey’s online? To show that living well IS possible? And that we don’t have to judge each other for it?

    On the full side – I’m TOTALLY thankful for my friends that understand this and the support they give. They’re amazing, inspiring, and I love who they are to pieces. They made me just even that much more happy!
    .-= alex´s last blog ..Getting Through Winter =-.

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  52. Sasha commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 7:36pm

    Wow oh wow, I’ve been thinking about this a bit recently:

    Half empty: Being unemployed is so confining. Almost everyone I know works, and then there is me, at home still looking for work. I miss contributing to something bigger.

    Half full: I have tons of time. On most days, I get to sleep until I wake up, which feels like the height of luxury. I get do things that I’m interested in- try new recipes, learn to garden, and hang out with friends.

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  53. Penny Patten commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 7:43pm

    Wow, that was a good read…. Half Empty; That I have to work outside of my home instead of being able to just work from home and create more- half full- that I have a job, (even though the pay is lousy!) though I’m really enjoying the position! That I just turned 50-yikes! But I am very healthy! I don’t currently own any thing, but I live with a very wonderfull man. That I don’t have enough time to create, but I have a room to create in! My daughter is having another baby, even though she already has her hands full with two other children, I gain another Grand Baby! (That makes eight)! Scared, oh so scared of the thought of going back to school, but it will help me to grow more as an artist. Also so worried that I will never ever get out of debt, and/or ever get to own another home.( Half full) I will get to reach my goals by furthuring my education and hard work. Sam, I really enjoyed what you said-I think I’m one of those people, and Thanks to Holly for giving us this open forum to air our thoughts and laundry!
    .-= Penny Patten´s last blog ..Feb./March/April/2010 Altered Couture =-.

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  54. Anna commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 8:00pm

    Oh my…what a week to think about this. Well, on the half empty side: my job has been terribly difficult this week. We had a student at our college take his own life, something that always leaves people angry and confused, and no one is unaffected. So, it’s been a rough week supporting our students and helping them work through this horrendous event.
    On the full side: I have been able to have an incredibly positive impact upon these students. I have learned that I am capable of dealing with so much, and that it has only made me stronger. My appreciation for my colleagues has grown by leaps and bounds and I value their friendship more than I can say. I am still healthy and happy and have so many healthy and happy friends to appreciate.

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  55. Tatyana commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 8:01pm

    I’ve enjoyed reading all the comments so far. I don’t blog so mine might not relate to most posts here, but here it goes…
    Half empty: I detest being the oldest student in all the classes I’m taking and feeling I don’t belong (most TA’s are even younger than me). I have not made any friends or met people I can relate to at the university and I often feel sad, because I feel like there is something wrong with me.
    Half full: I am finally getting my degree and have stopped working in a job I hated for 5 years, for a company that treated me badly, with co-workers that acted like they were in high-school.

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  56. jenn commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 8:55pm

    I have joked that if I were to describe my life it would sound pretty terrible: “I got divorced a year ago, I only have a part-time job, and I live in my friend’s basement” Truth is, I’m happy to be divorced, I love my job, and my basement apartment means I get to live with an amazing and wonderful friend and her 5 yr old son. I’ve learned that while I may be frustrated at times when my life seems like it’s not going the way I want it to go, I just need to look at the half full side of things and trust that God is working things out for me.

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  57. Deneise commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 9:15pm

    wow! I was going to write something about my life that I hated and then I realized; really is that all you have to complain about…………..when you have two healthy children, jobs that maybe aren’t easy but I get paid more than most women. I am able to juggle being a nanny, a lunchlady, a mom. a wife, a marathon runner, a blogger, a sister and a daughter. My house is clean, my children get fed, my daughter is getting a college education, my dog gets walked once in awhile and I enjoy living in a country where I am free. Anyway that is what gets me up in the morning to do it all over again………

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  58. lesley commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 9:25pm

    oh boy.

    half empty? wondering if i have anyone interested in reading my thoughts, owning my goodies, not feeling quite ‘good enough’ at what i do, and wishing i had more time free from my kids to work on my craft.
    on the flip side?
    how lucky am i that i am able to BE home with my two amazing kids, doing something fun that i enjoy, and even though i’m never sure whether i’ll sell something today or have more readers on my blog, i am quite happy just to write, create, share what i love. we are so lucky!!
    not to mention this amazing community. sigh…
    .-= lesley´s last blog ..the bright spot =-.

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  59. Corenne commented
    January 28th, 2010 at 9:39pm

    Half empty: I had an ectopic pregnancy of the Christmas, New Years period. After a month of on and off pain, two doses of a cancer drug, to many blood tests to count and an operation to remove it, I’m feeling sad, angry and lacking energy/get up and go. My daughter is in the 2 year old stage of asking why and whinging which tests my patience every day and my husband is getting on with life as if nothing has happened. We have builders at our house doing our garden… I wish they would finish. I’d like more time to myself.
    Half full: I have a beautiful 2 almost 3 year old, who has the best smile and makes me laugh everyday with her wonderful questions. She has been a champion the last couple of months and keeps me going everyday. My husband has so much get up and go, we work things out together and are supportive of one anothers wishes, and we love each other. My work is supportive and although not exactly what I thought I’d be doing is challenging and varied. We will have a beautiful and completed house in about a month. I am looking forward to getting my hands in the soil and attending to all the new plants especially the strawberry plants my daughter requested. I’m looking forward to perhaps getting a dog of my own (it has only been 6 years in the making). I’ve just started pilates and have been to a herbalist and am looking forward to being healthy and positive for the next baby.

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  60. Jodie commented
    January 29th, 2010 at 12:17am

    Half empty: Sometimes I hate that I am a stay at home mum having to deal with a teething 18 month old and a 3 1/2 year old who hasn’t had enough sleep so is totally grumpy and throwing major wobblies…changing nappies, cleaning up left over food, toys everywhere..blah blah

    Half full: I am so lucky to have two beautfiul and healthy children who give great cuddles and have the greatest giggles. Also a loving man who is able to provide so I can raise our children at home. Life is great!

    Full: Feeling full, thanks for the chance to vent x

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  61. Étienne commented
    January 29th, 2010 at 1:03am

    Your posts filled with treasures is a daily inspiration. Its not right that I enjoy coming here everyday but I haven’t taken the time to let you know how much I adore your blog! So, no more of that, I’m jumping in with both feet and letting you know how much I appreciate all that you do!

    Half empty: not enough time to carry out all the ideas in my head

    Half full: a world full of information, inspiration and beauty available at my fingertips each day!

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  62. So Spiffy commented
    January 29th, 2010 at 1:15am

    Half empty– I’m an expat living in Japan, the life, culture sets in once the coffee-table-book appearance wears off.. I’m foreign to the country I was born in, I sound, look, and even speak differently. I have to worker harder, think smarter, to have a career here.

    Many times, there are limited choices in friends, I’m not one for isolating myself to one particular group, it seems so narrow minded, small cliques…and little diversity..

    Half-ful- It is fun here, safe, married to a nice wonderful, man, he is my Mr. Big, my Mc. Dreamy. I can speak two languages, its like New York on steroids.
    .-= So Spiffy´s last blog ..A Chic Modern Outside with a side of fashion and a plate of Christmas and I LOVE Schogetten! =-.

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  63. Yenty commented
    January 29th, 2010 at 1:45am

    Half empty: I prepare and do everything I could to get my Australian TR, submit application and paid just one week before they change rules where 6 more months waiting to at least 3 more years waiting.
    Half full : search and found several freelance jobs on the side because I need to save more money to pay for my visa. the jobs is on going so good for that.

    oh, How I wish I could go there and start a new life. :(, feel like crying when writing this.

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  64. luisa commented
    January 29th, 2010 at 4:20am

    @ HHenderson
    that’s funny. i like http://clientsfromhell.tumblr.com/ that always makes my day. :-)
    .-= luisa´s last blog ..I feel a sin coming on… =-.

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  65. Elly commented
    January 29th, 2010 at 7:26am

    Great idea!

    Half empty – partner leaving for Afghanistan for six months
    Half full – abscence makes the heart grow fonder (so they say!), plus all that letter writing – how romantic!
    Half empty – big mortgage
    But completely full – beautiful house which we love :)

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  66. Katie commented
    January 29th, 2010 at 9:49am

    Oooh, what a good idea.

    Half empty: I have been working from home for about six months, and I still have a really hard time sticking to a schedule. Closing the laptop and putting work away at 5pm or 6pm or whenever. I work so much more than I used to, because I now associate being home = I must work! I also really really really miss having co-workers. Sometimes the only time I talk until my fiance gets home from work is to our two cats. Pretty sad.

    Half full: I am finally doing what I always wanted, and answering only to myself, and that freaking rocks. And even when I am behind or unmotivated… I still think I have the greatest job in the world. I love love love my clients. I have only had one difficult client since I started working for myself, and I think that’s because I can now be really picky about who I take on as clients; when someone gives me a weird vibe, I just tell them I’m booked, and I don’t have to deal with it.

    So yeah, the positive definitely outweighs the negative. I need to remember that.
    .-= Katie ´s last blog ..Word =-.

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  67. Anna commented
    January 29th, 2010 at 11:51am

    I love this! I relate to a lot of these. I’m so glad this exercise has empties and fulls so we end on a positive note.

    Half-empty: too much silly worrying (which doesn’t help, just makes me want to take a defeated nap). Too much comparing – looking at others in my field and thinking they’re all golden and perfect, which somehow means I’m just ‘meh’. Oh brother, so not helpful.

    Half-full: like someone else said, there’s enough happiness, success, inspiration, etc. to go around. It doesn’t get ‘used up’. There’s plenty plenty plenty! I love where I live, I have an amazing husband who tickles me if I’m sulking. I get to watch beautiful birds outside while I work, these tiny little things that are chugging along even though it’s freezing cold. There are so many incredible and inspiring people in this world, who are open and sharing and compassionate. And I get to do what I love for work, and I’m so so thankful for that.
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..Some Little Books I Made =-.

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  68. dana commented
    January 29th, 2010 at 12:13pm

    1/2 empty: the child i educated at home in order to meet his very unique needs started high school last fall. after 17 years at home, i enrolled in school, en route to a design/architecture degree, started job-hunting, re-started my life apart from motherdom. then: the injuries i suffered in a wreck a year ago continue to plague me, making anything besides intense treatment and bedrest (bedrest? what IS that when you have children?) impossible.

    1/2 full: no running errands. no endless housework. no meal preparation for three picky eaters. no laundry, bed-making or weed-pulling. nothing but a quiet aurora of time to design, plot, plan, discover, read, dream and scratch behind the kitty’s ears.

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  69. Meenoo commented
    January 29th, 2010 at 1:09pm

    This is a great thread.
    Half empty: I finally admitted to myself after 8 years post-graduate school, that I really don’t care at all about my field and wondered why I ever thought it was a good idea. I am tired of moving around so much, as a result of moving I have no friends, not even acquaintances, in our new city. It’s very lonely. I love spending time at home, by myself and with my husband, but you need local friends too, and I don’t know how to make friends in real life anymore, at age 33.
    Half full: I finally took a risk and started making and selling jewelry on Etsy, and I love it. We moved to a larger apartment recently, so I have some real studio space, and I have 2 outdoor spaces, where I can’t wait to garden. I do have a job, and so does my husband. We are far from friends but closer to family. We are healthy, and love spending time with each other. Any ideas on how to meet people?

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  70. Rachel commented
    January 29th, 2010 at 1:40pm

    Wow – I haven’t read all of these comments, but the ones I have are so powerful. Not that I would wish anyone else to have negative experiences, but it is comforting to know that other people share some of my same frustrations…

    Half-Empty: I run a community website and sometimes the users blow me away with how cruel and petty they can be (it is a totally free site).

    Half-Full: The majority of my site members are so amazingly kind and supportive that it totally makes it worthwhile and fun.

    The positive outweighs the negative every day. xoxo

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  71. hawthorne girl commented
    January 29th, 2010 at 3:46pm

    oh this is fun!
    half empty: while i have a job in the field that i love and for a great company, i dream everyday of working for myself. i’m just scared to go out there on my own.

    half full: i have so many wonderful blogs to read when i can take a break at work! they make my day so much better.

    and to Caitie up above with a broken heart, get a puppy or kitty. i swear it will help you get over your heartbreak sooner. seeing that little face everyday will make you so happy you’ll soon be over that guy.
    .-= hawthorne girl´s last blog ..feeling blue =-.

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  72. Beth commented
    January 29th, 2010 at 6:13pm

    half empty: husband may lose his job any day now
    half full: love spending time with my baby daughter who brings us so much joy

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  73. sly_fox commented
    January 29th, 2010 at 6:24pm

    half empty: my company owes me back pay and may declare bankruptcy, bye-bye lost wages … I’ve been working full time but living on half-pay for 4 months (and I didn’t earn much to begin with) … I’m sending out resumes and no one responds … the self-worth and optimisim is eroding, the self-doubt and fear are pernicious … I don’t have any family or partner… I’m exhausted, weathering this crisis alone …

    half full: spring is coming, the daylight is growing …I am planting free-harvested seeds and cuttings from neighbors’ plants to make a balcony garden … I already own wonderful books, dvds and cds to enjoy, have a fantastic public library nearby, free new music on http://www.pandora.com, affordable home internet, I am cooking with fresh whole foods, saving money and eating better than ever, I revel in my glorious stash of craft materials and use them with gratitude, because nothing defies poverty like a defiant act of useful beauty, I am going to raise cash and declutter with a yard sale, I am biking and walking on local errands to save gas, be green, enjoy the fresh air, and build free exercise into my daily life, I found a fantastic church to attend and am spiritually revitalized, I have a lovely pet whose sweet, sunny personality and steadfast affection warms my heart every day and who cuddles up faithfully with me every night, I am creative and resourceful, educated and experienced and maybe this mess will propel me to entrepreneurship, or at least a secondary creative source of income.

    For everyone here bravely enduring the unendurable, my compassion goes out to you, take heart and remember this:

    “Hope has two beautiful daughters: their names are anger and courage. Anger that things are the way they are. Courage to make them the way they ought to be.” (St Augustine)

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  74. Stacey commented
    January 29th, 2010 at 6:45pm

    This is a great idea.

    Half empty: My life feels ambitionless right now. I lost my job a year ago, but it was a job I hated, so for a while I was really happy to just stay at home and be a housewife. But now I feel so useless, sitting around the house all day, not really doing anything productive, or anything to help other people. I get overwhelmed with depression sometimes, and feel that my life has no purpose.

    Half full: I live in the town I grew up in (Portland, Oregon), so most of my friends and family are here, which means I have plenty of people to spend time with. I don’t get lonely too often because of that. Also, my husband belongs on my “half full” list because he’s my best friend and the most comforting thing about my life.
    .-= Stacey´s last blog ..Knitting slippers =-.

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  75. Anonymom commented
    January 29th, 2010 at 6:54pm

    Half Empty: I’m in a totally empty, hurtful, love-less relationship that disappoints me and makes me feel trapped.

    Half Full: Being “trapped” also means I’m @ home with my young daughter- whom I get to spend most days with- singing silly songs, coloring, making homemade cookies, and giving and receiving lots and lots of hugs, kisses, and giggles.

    To me, ::for now:: the privilege of staying home with my daughter is worth the sadness of being in-love alone.

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  76. Little Moon commented
    January 29th, 2010 at 7:02pm

    oooh…i was thinking about this today, i feel so bad even thinking I have half empty situations when there’s people being pulled out of mounds of rubble after 15days trapped, after an earthquake!! : (
    However… I do, & when I think of my half empties I also say a little prayer for those people….
    half empty – my baby stays with my mum 3 nights/days a week so that I can stay in full time work in order to have an income to be considered for a bigger mortage so that I can buy a house with more than one bedroom so that my boy can have his own bedroom – that makes me v.sad.
    half full – i have the most amazing baby, he’s made me a better person, he’s my motivation to make my own business work so that I can work from home and have him with me all week. he makes me smile, no matter what half empties happen. i look at him and i remember ive got him i love him and no matter what no ones taking that away – whats the worst that can happen, nothing compares to him he’s my little angel!
    half empty – i compare myself with sucessful people and think ‘you’ll never be that good’ no one will want to buy your work/like your work.
    half full – im taking baby steps but getting better everyday at working on the positives and telling the negatives to get a grip.
    half empty – i spend a lot of time worrying
    half full – i have amazing family and friends that make me laugh my socks off and laughing is the best xx

    it feels nice to just get that off my chest in a semi annonymous enviroment, it’s like I can say it and not be judged thank you xx
    .-= Little Moon´s last blog ..im ready for my bed now please… =-.

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  77. Nancy Comelab commented
    January 30th, 2010 at 2:19am

    I am not sure if this will be appropriate however I am struggling so much with keeping this to myself…

    Half-empty: we have tried 4 attempts at IVF to have the child we so dearly want however, with the new Medicare legislation in Australia, the process has become so expensive we just can not afford it anymore, financially. The worst part is we are running out of time due to a cyst growing on my one remaining ovary, which will eventually have to be removed as well.

    Half-full: I have such a wonderful, supportive husband and we have both decided that, no matter what happens, we will always persist to live the most balanced, fulfilling life we possibly can.

    Thank you so much for allowing me to vent and to all your readers for sharing these touching parts of their lives.

    Nancy

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  78. Rachel commented
    January 30th, 2010 at 10:55am

    RE: Nancy Comelab,

    The beast that is “infertility” is dreadfully unbearable. Could I make a suggestion that I know helped someone in a similar situation? If you haven’t already, reach out to other infertility/adoption/IVF blogs. There are several on the web, and getting to know these women “blog” friends, who understand exactly what you are going through may give you hope and make the road a bit more tolerable.

    I don’t know the exact web address, but one blog that I know of is called “Heart Cries” by Rebekah Pinchback. Her and her husband struggled with infertility for years before choosing to try the adoption route. The birthmother of her now adopted son, found her via her blog. Her posts are of a different tone now, post-adoption, but her story is incredibly interesting, and you can go back to the beginning of her journey and read how she was feeling/what she was going for. She’s a great writer.

    My heart goes out to you- I do hope you and your husband receive the blessing of an addition to your family, in whatever form that may be.

    Rachel

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  79. Shayla commented
    January 31st, 2010 at 8:44am

    Half-full – In October we moved into an amazing home that we had done a lot of upgrades to during the build. It’s really sort of a dream home for me.

    Half-empty – We still have to find the money to finish the interior design end of things and my mother in law seems to be insisting we keep her old stuff which doesn’t “fit” at all. I feel like I’m constantly in a tug of war and sometimes when I see something that would be “perfect” and can’t afford it feel bad for myself. Since I really haven’t made friends in this town, I also feel really isolated at times.

    Half-full – We have an amazing school nearby complete with a class for our special needs child. They have been amazingly warm, compassionate and receptive to helping me through a rather difficult transition. The house itself provides more space for our children to play and we finally have a backyard. It all makes for a better quality of life.

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  80. Andi commented
    January 31st, 2010 at 11:03am

    I have not been working since November, when my daughter was born. And motherhood is super hard, but also very lovely. I feel so isloated because I am not around the things and people I am used to being around. So I guess my half full, half empty would be: I feel alone during the day and miss my old life a bit, BUT I LOVE watching my daughter grow and would hate to miss a minute of it!
    .-= Andi´s last blog ..Gratitude… =-.

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  81. Morgan commented
    January 31st, 2010 at 1:42pm

    Half-full: As a full time business consultant and {part time} blogger, I have landed a beautiful project working from the couch in my living room. Allows me countless hours to meander from little project to little project, make breakfast any time of the day and, on special occasions, work from under my electric blanket in bed (aka, now).

    Half-empty: This economy is ruthless! Blessed are the poor in spirit… Other than professional uncertainty (consultants are the first to be cut – always), I have been somewhat disappointed in blogging friends recently (as I noticed from your post, Holly, that you were as well!). Blogging offers the unbelievable joy of meeting some of the most fantastic individuals on this planet – and also some of those that have let fame bloat egos just a teeny bit too much (note to self: always answer emails, even if it’s a short response, as an acknowledgment of respect for others…) Thankfully there are so many bloggers who ARE thoughtful and wonderful!

    No more venting! On to happy blogging with puppy on my lap – hoping that today I’ll be distracted by beautiful things, and tomorrow I’ll be a bit more focused.

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  82. BreeAnn commented
    January 31st, 2010 at 2:00pm

    Half Empty: My husband is in Iraq. He’s in the Army. He’s been there for the majority of our marriage. 6 months down, 6 to go.
    Half Full: I am in a loving, committed, happy relationship and even though it’s extremely long distance, our communication skills are helping us feel closer than ever before.

    Half Empty: I have been out of work for nearly a year and debt is piling up.
    Half Full: My husband is selfless and is helping pay everything off while I am figuring out what to do with my life.

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  83. Nancy Comelab commented
    January 31st, 2010 at 9:52pm

    To Rachel:

    Rachel, as I have no other way of contacting you, I would like to thank you – from the bottom of my heart – for your kind and supporting words. I have begun reading the Heart Cries blog and I will take your suggestion to heart.

    May you be happy always,
    Nancy

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  84. Nicole commented
    February 1st, 2010 at 1:40pm

    Did you get a dog?? Can we see a photo??

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  85. Kelsi commented
    February 1st, 2010 at 8:42pm

    Hello All.

    I want to give y’all a big hug.

    I’m really good at telling my husband that he hasn’t got it so bad, we have a roof over our heads, food on the table, each other, he’s employed…I’m self employed… we seriously haven’t got it that bad.

    But I’m not so good at turning it around on myself.

    I’m finally coming to terms that I suffer from actual depression. As opposed to just being sad every now and then and working out what to do with that is weird. I know what I’m feeling 100% of the time, I can express it very well, I just can’t deal with it.
    I’m supposed to be a lot of things, and I’m not even half way there in achieving them and that’s frustrating. A daily struggle with identity, motivation and time management! And constant judgment from my peers can be both inspiring and depressing. I often want to just scream (and I have done) this is ME deal with it… but then I alienate people and just end up feeling pretty lonely most of the time.

    BUT – I have all the things I mentioned previously, including a loving husband who supports me in all my misgivings and failures, even at a detriment to his own financial and emotional security (something that in turn makes me sad – but this is the positive paragraph!) and as a result of this I get to do what I love everyday, even if I’m not very successful at it.

    But seriously, love to all who have commented, here’s hoping 2010 is the year that fulfills our dreams. xxx
    .-= Kelsi´s last blog ..Spring/Summer 2010 Trend Report: Fairytale (Key Look) =-.

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