I Am Protective

Leah Hadsell


How 2018 Can Be Your Best Year Yet

Instead of looking at past failures and analyzing every decision of 2017 now’s your chance to leave it behind. I choose to look at New Year’s resolutions as an opportunity for a fresh start. We get another shot to say “This is who I am. This is what I am capable of accomplishing. Now I’m going to prove it to myself.” 

Holding Onto Joy (and Your Budget)

I love this time of year. It’s a season of joy, cozy nights by the fire, Hallmark movies, and time with family and friends. The whole world seems to take a moment to breathe and focus on things that really matter, like the spirit of giving. Most of us make all kinds of lists to stay organized during the holiday season. A list of gifts perhaps you’d like to have, a list of gifts you’re going to give… and “checking it twice,” right? Buying gifts can be a wonderful holiday experience but stressful at the same time. If you’re like me, you care a lot about getting something the other person will really love. But as a young married couple trying our best to stick to a budget and pay off student loans, we can’t always afford the kinds of gifts we’d like to get for everyone. When you consider…

What Having an Entrepreneurial Spirit Really Means

I’m coming up on my one-year anniversary of being an entrepreneur. I’m in the digital marketing business, which is a tough industry comprised of websites and social media, marked by constant change. The rules for visibility in search engines like Google are constantly evolving. I’ve had to come to grips with the fact that there is always going to be someone who knows more than I do or has more experience. But I don’t let that discourage me because I’m doing what I love. Through content marketing I get to play with words, connecting people with messages and ideas that are new. I’m driven and motivated to work hard every day, without anyone telling me what to do (i.e., a real boss!). You might call that discipline. I’m satisfied in my work because I’m passionate about what I do, and that means more to me than a hefty paycheck. And…

Running from Anxiety

“Why do you run? Do you actually enjoy it?” These are common questions from well meaning friends and family as I’m training for distance races, putting in hours of hard work each week. Why put up with the blisters, the sore muscles, chafing and early mornings? I do love running now, but it wasn’t always that way. Back in gym class I couldn’t even make it a mile around the track before the burning lungs and side stitches forced me to slow to a walk. It all changed when I started racing. I wasn’t running to win the race you can see with your eyes, but the race happening in my mind. I’m running to beat the little pitter-patter of feet that are behind me. Always chasing me. Closing in when I get tired. I’m running to outrun the freight train of thoughts behind me; that threaten to overtake me.…