Starting Where You’re At

Writing is a muscle. A discipline. A calling, yes. But a practice. The more you do, the more readily it can come. The more smoothly. Not all the time. Writer’s block is a thing for a reason. But the blank page. The atrophy of “not having written”. These things can make the first few times back more painful. More full of stumbling, bumbling moments. So I’m starting where I’m at. I can’t wait for the perfect time — there will never be one. I’ll perhaps forget to post a weekly post, but I can’t let that stop me today, this week. So many excuses. So many hurdles. So many “I’ll wait...

Lessons from Anthony: Check Your Expectations

In Rising Strong, Brene Brown shares how our expectations can set us up for disappointment when the reality turns out to be different from our (sometimes lofty or idealistic) expectations. This really hit home. Perhaps it’s the novelist in me. I frequently paint elaborate and dramatic visions of plans, of what I can accomplish in a day, of what a vacation or day trip should look like. This has hit hardest with having a child. The saturation of parenting/birthing books, articles, blogs, newsfeed, Tweets and Instas create a visualization with glowing edges and sometimes beams streaming from the heavens. Oh, baby’s first ____ will be just amazing and picturesque like...

Puppy + Baby = Embracing Chaos

We did a rather silly thing this past week. And her name is Dany. Dany (short for “Daenerys Shelterborn”) is an 8-week-old Shepherd/Cattle Dog/pitbull mix and she comes to us at such an interesting time in our lives. She’s a sweet girl and very good (and smart) for a puppy. And yet it’s been a big adjustment for our family to have both a 7-month-old infant and 2-month-old puppy. In all honesty, I knew it’d be a lot; I just hadn’t fully realized how much juggling would be involved. Some moments are really tough. But overall, this past week has been one of huge growth for me personally. Though I’ve had...

Dots and Threads: What is your ONE thing?

Funny things happen when you seek direction and clarity in your life. Sometimes you wander, grasping into a fog that may seem never-ending. Sometimes, lightning-bolt moments happen during a conversation, during a shower, during a movie. Sometimes, a book jumps out at you, and alters the course of your week. Many of these have happened to me lately. Brene Brown in Rising Strong encourages keeping your eyes open to the dots in your life — the events or moments that perhaps add up once you connect them all together. Since reading that a few weeks back, I’ve been better about journaling and being more aware of my feelings and events...

Why, hello again!

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Hello, blog. Long time, no see. It’s been what? A little over a year? Gosh, you’ve changed. Me? Oh, you won’t believe everything that’s changed for me in the past year. Where do I even begin? I’m a whole new person. I’m complete. I’m, as Elizabeth Stone said, “forever to have my heart walking outside my body.” What a beautiful gift motherhood is. What a challenge, what an adventure. On December 18, 2015 at 11:19 p.m., we welcomed the sweetest early Christmas gift I’ve ever seen. Before, during, since and for a long time to come — my world has revolved around this darling thing. We lost our beloved Honey right after...