I belong to an online community that was started by a personal development author. It has been one of the most supportive, inspiring, motivating communities of which I've ever been part, and I've been getting a lot out of it. Recently, the author partnered with a national retail chain and released a collection of 2020 … Continue reading Journals & Planners & Calendars, Oh My!
At the start of this decade, I had just turned 40 and celebrated my 14th wedding anniversary to my kids’ dad. My older child was about to turn 10, My younger child had just turned 6 and had just been diagnosed with autism. I had no idea my life was going to blow up and … Continue reading Threshold
I first came across this quote by Rainer Maria Rilke during my divorce. I was in the thick of uncertainty and sadness. I was mourning not only the loss of someone I loved deeply, but also the loss of the dreams I had for my children, my family, and my future. How was I going … Continue reading Live the Questions
At the end of each year, I look back to remember the good and try to release the bad. This year, we're also moving into a new decade, so I'm feeling a need to do a deeper gratitude and release than normal. I'm a Spotify user, and I happen to love when they create new … Continue reading The Tens
I’ve learned a lot over the last 50 years (and still have much to learn). I think my most significant moments of growth have occurred, though, during life’s challenges. In the middle of them, it felt awful. But when I got to the other side, I realized I was smarter and maybe a little more … Continue reading Life’s Lessons
Every year when the holidays roll around, I look back over holiday seasons past. Some, like when my kids were little, were full of magic and amazing memories. Others, like the year my ex-husband finally left for good, were suck-ass hell-fests. I prefer the magical kind, but we all know not every year is bliss. … Continue reading 5 Ways to Survive the Holidays When Your Life is Currently a Trainwreck
One of the hardest things about living far away from family is the inability to be there at a moment's notice when something happens. My parents had a freak step-ladder accident last week that landed my mother in the hospital. My dad (who has no business even being on a step-ladder) was outside on said … Continue reading The Step-Ladder Incident
Back when I was in the middle of getting divorced, I had a conversation that stuck with me. I was talking to our very close family friend about my heartbreak and how I was never going to get over it and how I was dying inside and on and on and on. You get me? … Continue reading The Wish
There was another school shooting yesterday. I don't have the statistics as they stand as of today, and you can certainly find them easily enough if you look. One is one too many as far as I'm concerned, and we surpassed that number years ago. I was brought to my knees watching the Columbine news … Continue reading Again
When I was younger, I was a night owl. I loved staying up until 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning and then sleeping until noon. As I've gotten older, however, I've learned to enjoy going to bed and waking earlier. So much so that I'm up at 5:00 a.m. on a Saturday. This morning, the … Continue reading 5:00 a.m.