I am in a different place now than when I started writing The Daily Fuss six years ago. While many of the Fuss musings hold true, I realize in hindsight that larger themes had emerged along the way. Thankfully, I am able to take myself less seriously these days. I appreciate my efforts in spite of the results. And, perhaps most importantly, I have learned to appreciate how utterly ridiculous I can be.
Welcome to Always Overboard, a daily examination of my usually funny, sometimes sweet and always overblown attempts to stay vivid, set against a backdrop of the childhood and adolescence that shaped my attitudes, perspectives and – for better or worse – my actions.
I am known for saying things like “go big or go home” or “we can always return what we don’t need”. I am also known for tremendous follow through with painstaking execution and obnoxious attention to detail. To be honest, doing something half-way does NOT appeal to me AT ALL. I am downright determined once I’m wound up and moving in a particular direction.
My tendency to go overboard is both a product of nature as well as nurture, and in Always Overboard, I write about both. Whatever the source, all of my nuttiness in this regard comes from a good place.
My mission, most simply put, is to use my mind, my voice and my hands to create the richest life experience possible for myself, my loved ones and those with whom I connect on my journey. I seek to savor every moment, to be fully present and NEVER take this wonderful life, or the people I love, for granted.
Whether I’m planning a birthday party, splitting aces at the blackjack table, outfitting the backyard for summer fun or designing the scavenger hunt for take-your-kids-to-work day, I cannot seem to rein it in. I always manage to dig a little deeper, order more material, stay up a little later and find more frosting … or glue … or wine …
I am a doer. I like to think I give more energy than I take. I try not to judge. And, even when I’m tired, I’d rather not complain.
I just tend to go a little bit overboard most of the time.