I’m giving up giving advice for Lent

I’m giving up giving advice for Lent starting now, I announced to my class yesterday. I’m also giving up sharing my opinions, especially at work but also in general. My students were appalled. How are you going to not share your opinions? How are you going to not give advice? That’s basically your whole job, Mrs. Wanket. Giving us advice. Telling us your opinions. You’ve just proven to me that I am correct in my chosen Lenten sacrifice, I said. One girl protested. What if someone asks for your advice? Even more reason to keep my mouth shut. Okay, but…

Go Big on New Year’s Resolutions

It’s been hip lately to say “I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. I’m cool with the way I am.” I was going to do the same thing. I was on Twitter ready to Tweet “My 2016 resolution: Breathe.” The next thing I knew, this happened:   I'm starting my New Year's Resolutions right now. 1: Write three novels. — Maureen O'Leary Wank (@Maureenow) December 29, 2015 Then I just went crazy: 2: Write 12 short stories. All of them scary. — Maureen O'Leary Wank (@Maureenow) December 29, 2015 3: Lose fifty pounds. Then gain it back. As muscle. — Maureen O'Leary…

Coming Soon: 31 Days of Advice

Buy a notebook. They have college ruled composition notebooks on sale right now at Office Depot for 25 cents.  I’m talking twenty-five pennies for the best possible composition notebook experience money can buy. You’ll need that notebook for the month of January when I will be embarking on a journey of 31 Days of Advice.  I’m going to be giving myself one life-improving, self-helping, health-bettering, inner peace-enhancing piece of advice a day every day in January. Along with these mini-bites of advice, I will be offering journal prompts in case anyone feels like listening in as I talk to myself…