Not Nothing - It’s a weird paradox that the most essential and vital things are also some of the first to be taken for granted. Breathing and beating hearts reside quietly in the background until they don’t. I thought about this for the first time as a little girl with recurring strep throat. On the worst days, I […]
Magic Words and Non-Playable Characters - For anyone who has searched for magic words to try to get through to someone and ended up frustrated with the results.
5 Ways to Take Your Winter Skin From Dry to Dewy - After years of struggling, I found how to keep my skin moisturized in harsh Ohio winters.
Imperfect Tool Box for the New Year - These are things I’m using to move my life into the zone of “best case imperfection” - hopefully finding a better version of myself, but knowing that there will be a lot of failures along the way, and the best possible end result will simply be making more room to grow.
How to Say it All? - When I decided to start a blog a few years ago, I wasn’t sure what exactly it would be about and I definitely didn’t have a schedule for how often I’d post. I was pretty certain that I’d never start a post by saying, “Sorry I’ve been gone so long!” or “I bet you’re wondering […]
Before You Buy… - I bought a bikini. It’s not a big deal because lots of a people wear bikinis and no one cares at all. It’s just that for about fifteen years, none of those people have been me. Not because I have body image issues. Or because I feel that bellybuttons are for husbands’ eyes only. But […]
A Lesson from Our Christmas Tree - See how some lights on our Christmas tree are really bright and others are much dimmer? That’s the result of having a variety of light manufacturers represented on a single tree. Some of those little lights were born around ’07 and have a golden glow – like tiny licks of candlelight. But those, I found […]
Tried and True Gift Ideas for Kids - Every year around this time we assess the toy situation around here and donate the things the kids have outgrown or no longer play with. During this year’s clean-out, I realized that there are some clear favorites that have survived the purge year after year. These are the things that our boys (ages 9 and […]
On This Day - On this day fifteen years ago, I woke up with one last name and fell asleep with a new one. Ben and I were married on the same day that eight years before he’d asked me to be his girlfriend in front of his high school locker. He placed headphones over my ears and played […]
Lessons from Those that Left Too Soon - The funny thing about change is that you don’t always see it coming. You maybe wake up and rub your face and stumble out of bed expecting that day to be like the days before, with unplanned plans to end the day very much the same person as when you started. Sometimes, though, a thing […]