Entries by Chrissanne Long

The Voice of Reason is Lying

Dreams are a precious gift. Not the ones we have when we are sleeping. Not the fleeting dreams that don’t stick around longer than a day. I am talking about the ones that stir our hearts, that won’t leave us alone, that feel like someone or something is tugging at our hearts, challenging our reality, […]

No Show, No Grow

There’s only one real way to grow. Show up.  Social media allows us to exist and connect in a world that allows us to keep up the appearance that we’re “there.” We can express interest, comment with our feedback, share an opinion, ask for feedback… We can even peek into the lives of those who […]

Do the Hard Work First

There’s no easy way to change. In this world of fast, quick, cheap and watered down opportunities, the only way to really make a difference is to commit to the hard work. The good news is that everyone else is looking for fast, quick, cheap, watered down, and the competition is fierce for everyone else. […]

What’s Beyond Your Forest?

I have never seen a honeysuckle tree, and I think the only bonsai tree I have seen was in Karate Kid, but I know they exist. I live in central Florida, so I “know” citrus trees, and yet I also know that there are other fruit trees that produce delicious results. Hateful words, attitudes and […]

The Extra Mile

It is unimaginable to consider someone running an extra mile after completing a marathon. But could you imagine the news coverage? Even if he didn’t do it for that, it would be worth talking about: Dave Jones, after completing the NYC Marathon, continues running for an extra mile. When asked why, his response was, ‘I figured […]

Who Controls the Tide?

“A rising tide lifts all ships.” I hear this statement often, and I tend to agree, it’s a good message for what happens when the economy is improving around us, the benefits for all are great. So, we cheer for economic development, because it will help us all rise! Recently, I have started to see […]

On Writing

I share honestly. Transparently. And it feels incredibly liberating. Except when it doesn’t. Because, I too live in the real world. I have been following writers for as long as I can remember. I loved to read as a little girl. Little House on the Prairie, Anne of Green Gables, Harriet the Spy, Trixie Belden, […]

The Thing About Trolls

Not the cute “Hair Up” “Dance Dance Dance” variety. The Internet variety. I have learned a lot about trolls over the past several years. Ever since I have been encouraging conversations about the local economy and small businesses in an online forum, I have been dealing with the most interesting people. When one troll didn’t […]

Whatever it Takes

It’s easy to point the finger. But what makes us stronger is taking responsibility for our role in success (or lack thereof). If we’re stuck, how did we get here? And what is it going to take to get unstuck? Chances are, we didn’t get here overnight, and we won’t get there overnight either. The […]