There was a lot more to it than it seems.

Dear You,

So I’ve disappeared from your life unexpectedly and without explanation. We were getting to know each other, then I suddenly changed course and blocked all avenues of communication.

You are probably pretty confused, maybe even a little pissed at me. Possibly you are sad at the loss of…


Single and quarantined? Try this 15-minute exercise in self-awareness.

Hey, fellow single people — how are you all doing out there during this pandemic? For myself, it can be particularly lonely not to be able to cuddle up over Netflix and take-out with someone I love.

That said, I have stayed quite busy running my business and staying connected…


It may have been a typo, but it’s also a truth

This past week, I was helping my sophomore figure out a Language Arts assignment. Every student in the class had to determine a theme for the assigned novel. The teacher compiled these theme statements and asked the students to find a related event for each topic.

So this list had…


Why maintaining a gratitude practice is more important now than ever

When bad news hits, it can be nearly impossible to remain optimistic. Today was one of those days in my world.

In my little part of the world, just outside of Louisville, Kentucky, news of the COVID-19 pandemic escalated to a much greater extent today. There was a confirmed case…


Is it true love — or just psychological conditioning?

How often has someone in our life fallen off the map — only to return with a bang? Until the next time, that is.

Breadcrumbing” is when a guy or girl gives someone just enough attention to keep their hope of a relationship alive. You probably know how that looks.


How an eccentric friend taught me the true meaning of devotion

Back when my business was in its infancy, I met Hugh at my booth at the farmers market. He was a large, jovial man with a mischievous glint in his eye.

Some may have called it a devilish glint, but if you knew him, you knew he was a big…


My first customer’s indelible mark on my life

I still think about Russell every day.

I suppose every store owner has his or her favorite regulars, the ones who leave a lasting impression on your heart.

It’s why the business is so addictive — that inimitable human connection that drives the retail store owner (particularly in foodservice) to…


Short answer — I don’t. But I do try. Here are 10 ways how.

“You’re so happy all the time.”

“Every time I see you, you’re smiling.”

“You have such a positive perspective!”

These are all the compliments I’ve received in recent years. …


Are you actively problem-solving or just spewing negativity?

I used to love to vent. It felt really good to let all of my angst and irritation fly forth from my mouth, a virtual rumspringa of the throat chakra. …


Never underestimate the power of genuine appreciation

Ever since my world imploded four years ago, I have thought often of the concept of appreciation.

It’s easy to tell someone you love them because love is an emotion that has many applications. …

Andrea Essenpreis

Insatiably curious about life. Reluctant entrepreneur, accidental politician, irrepressible optimist. Writing about how learning to own all those roles & more.

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