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Skillin’ Not Illin’: An Affirmation

I visited my naturopath recently and we were talking about stress and the toll that it takes on the human body. It’s true y’all: STRESS KILLS. You heard it here first. MSkillz, M.D.

Anyway, she suggested that amongst other things, a good thing to do each day is to make a list of 5 things that you are grateful for. So, I figured that today’s a good day to start! Here’s my list.

  • 1. I am grateful for this website. It has been here for me through the good and the bad. And if I do say so myself, I think I’ve put together a pretty special little world here. Which leads me to my next item…
  • 2. I am grateful for my utterly superb support staff here at Mental Skillness HQ. From Thaddeus (the best office manager anyone could wish for) to the Duck, Blape, Mr. Messy, the Friendly Monster, and President Fox…I couldn’t do it all without these guys.
  • 3. I am grateful for who I am. I am also grateful for who I am not. I will leave it at that.
  • 4. I am beyond grateful for my amazing friends and family. These stellar people are worth their weight in gold. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
  • 5. I am grateful for music. As Bob Marley once said, “Music is everything”. I couldn’t agree more.

And here’s a song for you!


Thank You

You guys. It’s December 31st, which means that this is my last blog post of the year. I’ve made it through almost an entire year of posting an entry every day (well…ahem, sometimes I would skip a day or two and have to catch up — but that was the exception rather than the rule :)

I would like to thank each and every one of you for reading my site. For those of you who took the time to comment and give feedback — you rule! I really appreciate it.

From the entire team here at Mental Skillness, we wish you a very Happy New Year, and all the best for 2013!

NYE Skillin'

Wishful Skillin’


Liberté, egalité, fraternité.

Wishful Skillin’: Checkerboard Floors

At this point, all I really want in life is a black-and-white checkered floor.

checkerboard floor

Bonus: walls painted to look like the night sky.

Wishful Skillin’: Walking on the Moon

Because, well…obviously.

skillin' in space

Wishful Skillin’: Led Zeppelin Live

Many years ago, a friend of mine and I had a debate about how much we would be willing to pay to be able to travel back in time and see Led Zeppelin live during their heyday. My friend went so far as to say he would cut off one of his hands, which I thought was a little extreme. But anyway, we both agreed that we would pay mucho dinero for the opportunity to experience a Zeppelin show. As a bonus, their concerts were usually crazy long…3-1/2 hours (or more!) of pure rocking out. That’s some pretty epic bang for your time-travelling buck, I’d say.

I was thinking about our conversation the other day, and I realized that one of the great things about having a blog is that with a little imagination — and a bit of photoshopping — you can totally insert yourself into any fantasy scenario you want. The sky is the limit, my friends! With that in mind, I present to you my first installment of what will henceforth be known as ‘Wishful Skillin’. After all, you can’t make it happen if you don’t dream about it in the first place!

If you are reading this and thinking to yourself ‘MSkillz, time travel is indeed a beautiful dream, but sadly you can’t actually go back and catch a Zep show’…well, take a look at this picture of their legendary performance at 1970’s Bath Festival:

skillin' with zep

dude, I was totally there

Front row, of course! Why not? After all, it’s my fantasy.

Let me know…what’s your Wishful Skillin’?

Trapped in an Abandoned Fortune Cookie Factory

skillin' in fortune