I turned off the front porch light, the official signal that Halloween is over, and crawled into bed so tired from a non-stop day, but a little buzzy from the 8:00pm Milky Way binge. I started thinking about the odd ritual that is Halloween: Costumes. I'm a little perplexed by the desire to take on another identity. I can barely manage the one that I have, much less a pretend one. I'm all for escapism (I prefer television and wine) but costumes have as much appeal to me as wool sweaters. … [Read more...] about Random Thoughts on Halloween, A Few Days Later
It's enough. I've spent the last few years paying attention. Feeling everything deeply. Examining and excavating and doing the work of becoming my true self. I've been picking myself apart. Trying to understand why I am the way I am. I thought if I could write it all down and show it to someone that it would make sense, and they would finally see. I've written down every last thing I can remember. I've read every book. Ive highlighted and taken notes and have been the best student of … [Read more...] about It’s Enough
I scrubbed the summer off our house. Sandy towels washed and stored away next to swimsuits that probably won't fit next year, but I'll keep anyway. Baseball uniforms taking too much space in drawers finally evacuated to higher ground. Grime off the bathrooms neglected, victims of too many ineffective, five-minute cleanings. The lingering stacks of papers from the last school year finally sorted and stored away. All to the tune of a much neglected trombone. I shed my summer … [Read more...] about Hold on Summer!
Recently, I spent a week alone. My husband and two sons went away for the week, and I stayed behind. Alone. For six nights and seven days, I was responsible only for myself. In fact, it might be the longest time I've spent alone in my adult life. In college I lived in a dorm. Afterwards, I always had roommates. Next, I moved in with my then fiancé and within a few years we were married. We quickly added two sons, and it's been the four of us for almost 10 years. I might snag a day … [Read more...] about Flying Solo: Discovering Who You Are When You’re on Your Own
Blogs motivated by guilt don't make very good blogs. But here I am, trying to write something, anything, because I refuse to abandon my blog. Since I started working in December, my relationship to writing has changed. It's scary to admit, but it's true. Between the writing and social media I maintain for my job and the time that I want to spend with my family, and the front porch of summer that's beckoning me to "come sit down, read for awhile, be still," I am writing the barest … [Read more...] about Summer Vacation
I'm not a very clean person. I don't think about germs. I don't wash my hands all that often. I'll eat off the floor (within the parameters of the five second rule–how gross do you think I am?). I've never purchased an anti-bacterial soap, wipe, or cleaner. I don't use bleach. I've never used hand sanitizer. Okay, maybe once, only out of peer pressure. I use public restrooms and port-a-potties and touch handrails in public places without thinking twice. In yoga, I put my … [Read more...] about Eat Dirt by Dr. Josh Axe: Embracing My Dirty Side
Funny story: last year right after Good Move was released, I was interviewed for a podcast about how as a busy mom I manage the demands of modern family life. I had a nice chat with Alexa from Lose the Cape, a blog and online community of mothers trying to debunk the myth of the super mom (something I can fully get behind) and share motherhood survival strategies (oh how I love a good strategy!). We talked about... Finding time to work as a busy mom My time management … [Read more...] about Long Lost Interview: Good Move
In May 2009, I ripped an article out of Real Simple and mailed it to my mom: 10 Questions to Ask Your Mother. I don't remember doing this. But I must have, because on my birthday this year, she returned it to me with answers to all ten questions typed out. It is one of the most special and treasured gifts I've received. Unless you live under a rock, you probably know that it's Mother's Day weekend. You don't have to skip the brunch, the flowers, the cards, but maybe you could work at … [Read more...] about Questions to Ask Your Mother