I’m snuggled in my bed in the house I’ve lived in for the past 21 years. It’s the last time I will sleep in this house. Though it’s been in the works for about a year, and we picked up the keys to our new place this week, it didn’t hit me until I was … Continue reading The Last Sleep
Moving Into the New Year
Our last Christmas in this house was wonderful! So wonderful, in fact, that I completely forgot to take pictures and just lived in the moment. The food was great (if I do say so myself), the company even better, and we stayed up on Christmas Eve until 2:30 AM watching movies, talking, and laughing. I … Continue reading Moving Into the New Year
Wishing You Light
Today is the Winter Solstice - the day of the year with the fewest hours of sunlight. Today where I live, I think we got about 8 hours of daylight, and that was overcast and cloudy. But starting tomorrow, each day will get a little longer and a little longer until we're back in the … Continue reading Wishing You Light
Fill Your Cup
Something I lost sight of when I was a new mom was self-care. I took on the majority of the mental load of running the household, and I truly lost “me” for many years. At the time, of course, I was engrossed in my kids and was trying to be the best mother possible for … Continue reading Fill Your Cup
20 Things You’re Allowed To Do
1. Say “no” with no explanation 2. Change your mind 3. Speak your truth 4. Cut toxic people out of your life 5. Rest when you’re tired 6. Make no excuses for how you survived a trauma 7. Love whomever however you choose (with their consent, of course!) 8. Make changes in your life that … Continue reading 20 Things You’re Allowed To Do
Don’t Get It Twisted
If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I have struggled with boundaries - setting and keeping them - and that I have done a ton of personal work to be able to utilize them in my life. In general, it feels empowering to stand in solidarity with myself. … Continue reading Don’t Get It Twisted
Photo by J. Howerton My sweet partner, J., took this photo a few years ago when we were visiting my hometown. He blew it up and had it mounted as a wall hanging for me the following Christmas. I decided to put it on our bedroom wall in the spot I see as soon as … Continue reading Beach Dreams
Finally, a Haircut!
What is it about a major haircut that gives a person such a boost of fresh energy? I got 8 inches chopped off my hair today. It had been about 14 months since I’d set foot in a salon, and I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to ask for - or get. I’ve … Continue reading Finally, a Haircut!
My daughter turned 21 today. I’ve been a mother for 21 years. Before she was born, I wasn’t sure I ever wanted kids. I mean, I was a teacher and spent all day with 150 kids who belonged to other people. I wasn’t sure I needed any of my own. But once my daughter was … Continue reading Mamaversary
When my kids were babies, I remember thinking that parenting would be so much easier when they got older. No more waking up to feed them in the night, no more carrying them around, no more deciphering what their cries meant. Of course, now that they’re 17 and almost 21, it has been beaten into … Continue reading Growing Pains