A reflection on who’s responsible for my joy.

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Rattlesnake Creek, Missoula, MT. Photo: Sylke Laine


And other lessons forced on me by a pain flare-up and the Pacing and Graded Exposure system.

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Rattlesnake Creek in Missoula, MT: My 10-minute turnaround point. Photo: Sylke Laine

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Rattlesnake Creek in Missoula, MT, covered by an icy blanket. Photo: Sylke Laine

A haiku reflection on what’s bubbling below the…


Singing love songs to yourself is therapeutic. Here are some of my favorites.

an old dog looking into the camera with her head resting on a table. Caption: Will you be your Valentine
an old dog looking into the camera with her head resting on a table. Caption: Will you be your Valentine
Everybody want’s to be Lucy’s Valentine, but what if you made room in Your heart for your Self? Photo: Sylke Laine


Remember dinner parties? I created one in 2020 and it looks very different a year later.

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I can’t wait to set a table again and share a meal with friends. Photo: Sylke Laine


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Sunset in the North Hills of Missoula, MT on January 10, 2021. Photo: Sylke Laine


In negative self-talk, I made up theories about myself and treated them as facts.

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Photo by Utsav Srestha on Unsplash

Some Facts About Fake News and Conspiracy Theories

  • falsehood spreads “significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information”
  • false news is more novel than true news
  • fake news generates replies…


And why I am burning my shiny new planner before even getting to week two.

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My husband is thrilled about the January kale shortage. Photo: Derek Laine

Why was I judgemental about January kale-eating? Well, because my soul was already fighting against one of my own resolutions: disciplined planning.


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Snowstorm at night, illuminated by a headlamp worn on the author’s head. Photo: Derek Laine

A haiku reflection on the winter solstice.


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A bonfire in my friends’ backyard. Photo: Sylke Laine

A tanka reflection on sitting around a fire

Sylke Laine

Self-Disruption Coach, Writer, UX Designer. “How to Start Wasting Time and Become Less Productive” → https://letters.mrslaine.com/start-wasting-time

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