Life Starts at the End of Your Comfort Zone. By Danee Kiernan of Bouncing with Style: Starting over but Not From Scratch: Starting Over but Not From Scratch

Danee Kienan co-author Bouncing with Style

Danee Kienan co-author Bouncing with Style

By Danee Kiernan

Life is Almost Always Good and co-author of Bouncing with Style: Starting over but Not From Scratch. #5

I’m a list girl.  Sometimes I even make lists about what lists I want to make.  I like lists.  They can be different colors.  They can be typed or hand written.  They can short, long or in between.  The possibilities are endless.  Yes, I like lists.

And what I like even more than making lists, is crossing things off of my list.  Maybe it’s a control thing. 

OK, it’s obviously a control thing.  When lists are scattered in my head, I don’t have a mental tally of how much I’ve accomplished and how much is left to do. I like to complete things and even better, I like to see them crossed off on my list. It makes me feel good.  And since I was working on me feeling better……

I began my list.  It was a mental list initially because I only had 3 things on it-shower daily, shave more and eat less.   But soon it began to grow.  I bought myself a notebook, because my list started to feel important and I didn’t want to forget anything.  I realized that just thinking of ways to take care of myself made me feel better.  Once I actually took the step to write my list, I felt real changes taking place. Documenting my ideas and giving them importance made me see myself and my situation differently. 

I now saw an available slate to work with.  I saw that my world was wide open. I saw that I could do anything I wanted. I could make my life, my life.  Ideas awakened and flowed from deep within me, and I realized that once I began to change how I cared about myself…. my thoughts and feelings, about myself and my world, changed as well. I began to look forward to my new time alone with my notebook.  I saw a glimpse and the start of my journey to bounce. 

It was a small bounce at first, but a bounce just the same and it was me learning to be OK with me. 


Danee Kiernan is a writer, parent, entrepreneur and co-author of Bouncing with Style: Starting over but Not From Scratch: Starting over but Not From Scratch.  She connects with others based on her experiences as a full time woman, full time mom (adoptive, birth & foster), stay at home mom, working woman and business owner.  She hopes that sharing her experiences openly will help others to find their bounce.  Danee is a powerful advocate for women’s rights, especially every woman’s right to choose her own destiny and build the life that she desires.

Danee Kiernan earned a BS degree in Elementary Education with an early childhood specialization fromIowaWesleyanCollege, and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Danee believes in the importance of love, family and pursuing dreams.   She makes her home inWisconsin, where she and husband Jim, are thoroughly enjoying the experience of raising their 12 children. 

You can reach Danee Kiernan at


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