Grill Therapy

This week I thought I'd take an opportunity to set the record straight. See, while the general vibe of this blog is upbeat/uplifting, it needs to be said that I am not some perpetually perky, eternally optimistic, ever-smiling chica. I have bad days too. Tough days. Shitty days. Probably more than I care to admit.... Continue Reading →

Derailing the Excuse Assembly Line

As I was wrestling with to-do lists over the weekend, I realized that in this crazy world of quarantining, I’ve been letting a few things slide. Apparently, my normal routines (formed out of a necessity to survive crazy working/soccer momming/writing/socializing) had been obliterated by this stupid COVID-19 set aside to make room for a slower,... Continue Reading →

Beware Boredom Mindsets

I was venting to my oldest last week about some annoying lawn equipment noises going on outside when he grinned, shook his head, and said, “Don’t be a Karen, Mom.” Aside from that being humorous on many levels, it got me thinking: Why was I so annoyed by whether or not the neighbors were doing... Continue Reading →

Renewal Amid the Chaos

2020 has been called many things. A year that started out in countless memes as a “much-needed fresh start”, made an unexpected U-turn in March. From there, it quickly began taking on new adjectives: Novel. Unprecedented. Inconvenient. Uncertain. Scary. As people around the globe watched “normal” get thrown out the window, many found themselves with... Continue Reading →

Persist

As we head into the flurry of holiday activities, I think the word that comes to mind for me this year is relief. 2018 has just been a strange year. I found love / I lost love I made new friends / I clung tight to existing ones I wrote some books / Got a... Continue Reading →

Turn it Off

I don’t know about you, but I think about things. A lot. Things I have no control of, and things I do. Things that won’t matter 5 days—or 5 years—from now, and things that will. Things that I should be doing, things that I shouldn’t. Things I wish were happening, things I wish weren’t. If... Continue Reading →

I’m Singing in the…Car

Some people were born blessed with amazing singing voices, some can’t carry a tune in a bucket. Me, I’m somewhere in between. That leads to a lot of singing when no one’s around—so I don’t have to watch them cringe—or singing at church because I know there the crowd will drown me out. (Besides, after... Continue Reading →

Romance Where You Least Expect It

I don’t know about you, but we’re a movie family. When life is spinning a million miles an hour, nothing helps settle us better than the big screen. Or, if we’re home, the much-smaller-than-big-screen living room television. Grab a few blankets, do up the popcorn, and we’re good to go. This weekend, to break up... Continue Reading →

Grief, Joy, and Perspective

I’ve now attended two funerals this spring, as two dear friends have each lost a parent. It’s heart-wrenching to see them go through the pain of loss, and to know the struggles their loved ones faced as they neared the end. If you’re like me, you wish you could do something, wish you could help... Continue Reading →

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