#OurYearOfLivingBravely – Part 3 – Self-Compassion Is The New Black

Historically, I’ve been a stellar test taker. As long as I’m prepared, well studied, I generally kick ass on exams. It’s my thing. But when I took the self-compassion test Brené Brown recommends on Dr. Kristin Neff’s site a while ago, I quickly realized I hadn’t studied well enough. I hadn’t prepared. And I failed…

Continue reading →

#OurYearOfLivingBravely – Contagious Courage with Brené & Oprah

Speaking of courage, this past week I decided to jump back into the photography arena and have been working diligently to set up my new Kelly Byrne Photography website. Next week I’ll be back with the post on self-compassion that I promised you last Monday. Right now, I’m walking the talk by giving myself a…

Continue reading →

#OurYearOfLivingBravely – Part 2 – Authenticity – Let’s Stop ‘Shoulding’ All Over Ourselves

Let’s talk about authenticity. It’s the first of ten guideposts Brené Brown lays out in her book, The Gifts of Imperfection, for living a wholehearted life. If you haven’t read the book yet, run don’t walk. According to Wikipedia, “authenticity is the degree to which one is true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character,…

Continue reading →

#OurYearOfLivingBravely – Part 1- How The Hell Did We Get Here? And Where’s The Exit?

In my post last week I promised to talk about #ouryearoflivingbravely and what that means. So let’s unpack it a little and see what falls out. Warning, this sucker’s a long one, so grab a drink and a snack. A pair of fuzzy socks if it’s cold outside. Also, there will be some swearing. You’ve…

Continue reading →

The Perils of Self-Doubt and #OurYearOfLivingBravely

I’ve been doing some heavy reading for the last couple weeks and even heavier emotional lifting. I’m going to share my journey with you here, but more than sharing in an ‘I write, you read’ kind of way, I’d love for you to pick up a torch and walk alongside me as we all find more joy, connection, and love in our lives.

Continue reading →

A Farewell Letter To My Girl Who Was Never ‘Just A Dog’

Goonie Bug: I thought it would be enough. All the snuggling and cuddling we did those last few days. Sleeping with you on the floor. Holding your paws. Singing to you and whispering in your ear how amazing you’ve been for so long. I thought if I spent as much time as possible telling you…

Continue reading →

Hellbent on Hope: Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In

I was going to reveal something to you today that I’m extremely proud of. Something I’ve been working on for the last couple months. Something that’s been hard not to post about until now because I have zero patience and a terrible need to share. A project, a sign of faith, a beacon of hope….

Continue reading →

My Dog Is Headed for The Bridge – Why Do I Feel Like I Am Too?

For the last week or so, every time I thought about sitting down to write this post I suddenly found something way more important and interesting to do. Cutting my nails into tiny shapes of farm animals, watching a maimed spider crawl up the toilet (fascinating), cleaning my eyes with Windex. Anything not to sit…

Continue reading →

PETA Doesn’t Stand For What You Think

PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Here’s another acronym they might be known by: People for the Euthanasia of Thousands of Animals. What the what? Okay, buckle up, kids, ‘cause this is going to be a bumpy ride. I don’t usually write posts like this, but this is something I’m passionate about and…

Continue reading →

You Can’t Break The Language Barrier When You’re Hungry – Barcelona Part 3

You Said What Now? Confession: traveling to Europe made me feel, at times, like a small town ‘Murican country bumpkin. Which is precisely what I am. If this is all new to you, and you haven’t read about our journey to Europe yet, you can read Barcelona: Part 1 here, and Barcelona: Part 2 here….

Continue reading →

The Wonder of Nuns, Camera Rage, and Street Scams – Stinky Barcelona Part 2

A continuing travelogue of our adventures in Europe. Barcelona Part Uno here if you missed it. The Wonder of Nuns (Who Sing!) One of the highlights in Barcelona was visiting Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família. It was on a short list of places on our trip that literally took my breath away the moment we entered….

Continue reading →

The Great ByrNolley European Adventure Part 1 – Barcelona

Houston We Have A Problem Early on April 28th, the morning we left for Barcelona before the ass-crack of dawn, I checked our flight information to make sure everything was running on time. Go for launch. We’d had a little less than three hours’ sleep the night before, but we were on our way to…

Continue reading →

My Dying Dog Teaches Me How To Live Every Day

I have a tenuous relationship with reality when it comes to my dog, Lucy – AKA The Goon. I’ve never fully hopped on board with the idea, commonly held by most normal and sane animal lovers, that one day she will cross the infamous Rainbow Bridge never to return to me. ‘Ain’t gonna happen’ was…

Continue reading →

Potty Humor For The Monday Blues

The Great Toilet Debacle of 2015 – A Cautionary Tale It begins like this… After a shower I put lotion on all my pertinent parts to keep them from drying and cracking like the Mojave desert floor. When I got to the leg this morning, shit went sideways. Quite literally. I did what I always…

Continue reading →

%d bloggers like this: