5 Ways to Survive the Holidays When Your Life is Currently a Trainwreck

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


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

Are You Excited? I’m Excited!

I get excited about a lot of things, but at the moment, I think I’m most excited about finishing the year (decade!) strong. I’ve never been much of a New Year’s resolution person, and as someone who is a lifelong learner and educator, I tend to equate September with fresh starts. This year, I was … Continue reading Are You Excited? I’m Excited!

Letter to Myself Five Years Ago

Dear 2014 Kristi,   I’m writing to you from five years in the future, and there are some important things you need to know.   The pain you’re in won’t last forever. The dark thoughts you’re having are understandable considering what he’s been doing, but I am here to tell you that you’re going to … Continue reading Letter to Myself Five Years Ago