Are you a Passenger on the Struggle Bus?

Are you a Passenger on the Struggle Bus?
  Most days I’m a passenger on the struggle bus, usually right in the front seat.  I don’t get up to let anyone take my place, meaning, I usually don’t let people help me.  I struggle with who I am, what I want to be, where I’m going and most recently, getting old. I know those ...

Feeling like a Fraud.

Feeling like a Fraud.
  I doubt my writing ability almost every day and the stack of rejection letters I have for my book, certainly doesn’t help matters, but then again, I also tend to doubt myself about everything.  I have never really been a person who is overly confident and almost always, I assume people are going to ...

Old Hands, Wrinkles, and Memories.

Old Hands, Wrinkles, and Memories.
With all the rain Nashville was getting, it was hard for me to be motivated to do anything other than sitting on the couch.  However, once again I had that self-imposed deadline of one post a week knocking at the door of my mind, so I put on my rain boots, climbed into my car ...

The Internet is Rude.

08. February 2019 Gina DeNicola 4
The Internet is Rude.
When I wrote last week’s post, I was scared. I was scared when I put the words down on paper.  I was scared when I hit the word “Publish” on my WordPress page.  I was scared when I sent a preview paragraph to my sister, who already knew all the information in that paragraph. I ...

To Thine Own Self Be True.

01. February 2019 Gina DeNicola 8
To Thine Own Self Be True.
  When I landed in Ottumwa Iowa a few weeks ago, all my preconceived notions were pretty much confirmed as soon as I stepped out of the airport.  I assumed it would be cold and I expected there would be a lot of nothing.  As I climbed into my rental car, I knew I was right ...

If We Were Having Coffee – Part 5

If We Were Having Coffee – Part 5
If we were having coffee, this time we might have to FaceTime or Skype each other in our own cozy coffee shops because I’ve been on the road for so long. So, I’d settle in some random city coffee place and order a latte in a mug because I planned on being here for a ...

2018 – A year in Review

20. December 2018 Gina DeNicola 0
2018 – A year in Review
This time of year I always get reflective.  I have long ago abandoned the idea of Resolutions and instead, I usually take a few minutes and flip through the photos on my phone. I am always amazed at all the things that have happened in just one year and this year was no different.  I ...

Holidays are Hard.

23. November 2018 Gina DeNicola 0
Holidays are Hard.
As I sat in my hotel bed in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, I looked out the window and thought about the last six days I spent in Nashville.  It was a rough start with a show being canceled in Sydney, Nova Scotia because of weather, which resulted in flights being canceled, and ultimately resulted in ...

I was Queen for 30 hours or so!

17. September 2018 Gina DeNicola 1
I was Queen for 30 hours or so!
I wasn’t going to post about my very very long flight from Los Angeles to Sydney in fairness to everyone else who was flying the same route, but to be honest – I don’t know how I couldn’t.  You see I was flying First Class from Nashville to Perth on three flights. The first flight was ...

Back from the dead…

15. September 2018 Gina DeNicola 0
Back from the dead…
I’m bringing my little blog back from the Dead, resurrecting her for a specific purpose. _________________ Here I am sitting in my seat on this plane and I have two more flights after this Nashville to LA flight. I have Bob Woodward’s book open on my lap, but I can’t stop playing Woody, a highly ...

Day 2 of Detox and Rebooting

Day 2 of Detox and Rebooting
So, yesterday I started a 40-day detox.  Initially my goal, I’m not gonna lie, was to lose a few pounds, but as I was preparing last week, I decided I was going to treat these 40 days as more of a reboot for not only my body but for my mind as well.  Surprisingly yesterday ...

If We Were Having Coffee – Part Four

13. December 2017 Gina DeNicola 0
If We Were Having Coffee – Part Four
As I sat in a cold production office somewhere in Canada, I realized it had been awhile since we’ve sat and had coffee. I looked back at my previous “If We Were Having Coffee – Part Two” and realized it had been almost six months. So much has changed in that six months so I ...

Three Years Later and A Facebook Betrayal

Three Years Later and A Facebook Betrayal
I woke up this morning completely fine. I laid in bed and thought about some weird dreams I had last night, but mentally I was fine.  I picked up my phone, opened Facebook and started to go to “on this day,” and just like that, I wasn’t so fine. I had been a little surprised ...

OMG I just joined Orange Theory Fitness

OMG I just joined Orange Theory Fitness
It all started with my husband standing in front of me in our apartment announcing tomorrow he was going to quit sugar, carbs, and I believe there was one more thing, but quite honestly I don’t think I heard it, and if I did, I certainly don’t remember.  You see usually I’m the one who ...

Courage and Fear

Courage and Fear
Courage and fear. Two words that go hand in hand and elicit the exact same response from me. My heart starts to race, I break out into a cold sweat, I have trouble breathing and I can’t look people directly in the eye.  That is exactly how I felt when I told the closest people ...

She came, she cared, she left.

She came, she cared, she left.
I heard a quote once from an older lady who was talking about how she wanted people to remember her when she was gone.  She said this…She came, she cared, she left. I thought to myself that’s how I want people to remember me and it got me thinking about 2016, what kind of impact ...

I Write Because

I Write Because
I write because sometimes I have things to say, and I can’t get someone to sit and listen to me spew 700 words at their face. They know I will barely stop to breathe, let alone let them get a word in edgewise.  Usually, if I get interrupted I lose my train of thought, and ...

Joy???

14. December 2015 Gina DeNicola 0
Joy???
You know all those silly quizzes on Facebook.  The ones that sometimes you or your friends take.  The ones you roll your eyes at when you see them pop on your page? Well, the other day I took one. It was the one where it tells you what personality you are from the movie Inside ...

Apology Accepted.

30. November 2015 Gina DeNicola 0
Apology Accepted.
For years and years, I looked for her, Elizabeth from 4th grade. I’ve written about her in my post “Amends” and with the advent of social media I could never find her. Every time I’d hear a story about bullying I saw her face and then mine. When I saw the movie Flatliners, I couldn’t ...

I Have A Secret.

23. November 2015 Gina DeNicola 3
I Have A Secret.
I’ve had this crazy secret goal for ten years. I consider it a secret, well up until now, because if I didn’t say it out loud, people wouldn’t know it or see me fail. Crazy because well, if you know me you know I hate to run.   The goal? To run a marathon or 1/2 ...

Sit And Write For Fifteen Minutes.

16. November 2015 Gina DeNicola 1
Sit And Write For Fifteen Minutes.
Write every day, even if it’s just for 15 minutes. So at 1:58 I started to write. I was in a slump since I came back from Toronto and had written a lot, just not a lot of good stuff. I’m struggling with my life these days. I’m bored, and I don’t know what to ...

It All Started With A Pie

02. November 2015 Gina DeNicola 3
It All Started With A Pie
We were watching Public Morals on television last week, and one of the characters was sitting on the tub in her teeny tiny apartment, crying because she felt trapped. She was genuinely sad. The Gina of the past could 100% relate. The present day Gina isn’t sad anymore. Even though I am constantly in search ...

The Zombie Induced Writer’s Block

The Zombie Induced Writer’s Block
  Writer’s block I’m sure for the experienced writer is hard, but for the inexperienced writer like me, it’s terrifying. I have written 62 posts and never once have I had a hard time putting the words down on paper. I usually have 3 or 4 posts written and stacked just waiting for their turn ...