Today I want to talk about my anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder, with panic attacks. I don’t hide it, but it’s been a long time since I openly made an announcement about this part of me, and shared details. I want to though. Because anxiety looks so different for each person, and how it's … Continue reading All these thoughts running through my head
Today is story time! I’m going to tell you about a time that highlights my social awkwardness, even online, and how it led to me finding the best group of women in my area and making lifelong friends. I live in a planned development - one of those neighborhoods with an HOA, several parks, a … Continue reading I found my (book) people because of a whim.
I have made a point to expose my children to as much diversity as I can. I’m not just talking about the obvious ways people look different than us, either. Different religions, economic levels, families with same sex parents, single parents, different political beliefs than us (to a point); children and adults that are differently-abled, … Continue reading Building diversity into reading with kids.
Words are the most available magic in the world. They paint pictures in our minds, take us places new and old, create brand new worlds beyond imagination. They make us fall in love with people real and fictional, they incite emotions of all kinds, and bring change into the world - religion, science, philosophy, and … Continue reading “Once the world was full of wonders, but it belongs to humans now.”
In the last year or so, I have been thinking about what my values, hobbies, and ways of living were when I felt most true to myself. This led to me thinking about how much I used to focus on spreading kindness and focusing on finding and highlighting the good in everyone. Eventually, anxiety, the … Continue reading Love overflows from a full cup.
The pandemic and Stay At Home/social distancing way of living in 2020 has shifted my perspective so much. I have realized how much extra I have in my life - extra stuff, extra activities, extra goals, just this… more-and-more-and-more way of living. Which has been great for me - a lot of ambition has helped … Continue reading Just believe there ARE answers.
I bought the book Radical Compassion by Tara Brach because I felt like I had lost a key part of myself - the part that cared so much about the world, about other people, and who looked for the good in everyone and every situation. I felt like the busy-ness of life and the stress … Continue reading Impact the World by Loving Yourself First
I do a word for the year every year. It’s really helped me focus on what I’m working on. 2018 was Create, 2019 was Bloom, and this year - its WELLNESS. I mean this in all areas. Good habits, good choices, taking care of myself in all the ways so I can be my best … Continue reading A Year of Wellness
Once you’ve decided that chasing societal expectations, or just expectations you adopted from someone else without checking in with yourself, doesn’t work for you – now you have to define success for yourself, in your terms. Sounds exciting and simple enough at first – but I certainly got overwhelmed by it. Do I define it … Continue reading How to Define Success for YOURSELF
I am a success story. I had checked ALL the boxes. All of them. College degree(s!!), climbed the corporate ladder quickly in 4 years, got married and had babies (okay, not in that order…), bought a house, bought a bigger house, took some trips, saved some money. Working full time, parenting full time, studying for … Continue reading How to Know It’s Time to Redefine Success