I lost my Naia girl in the Year of Awfulness, AKA 2020. She was old and in pain, and it was time to let her go. She held on so long, and I know she did it for me and for Bella, her canine partner in life. It broke my heart into a million pieces, … Continue reading Naia
Something I do that has made a big difference in my life is intentionally taking space. This is space to just be who I am, how I am… space from things that are sucking my energy or giving me negativity. Giving myself space to think, to breathe, to pause. Then, making sure to give everyone … Continue reading Take Some Space
I read so many good books in 2020 - many 5 and 4 or 4.5 star reads! It was a saving grace for me in a trying year, for sure. I made a point to add some diversity into my authors, genres, and I had so much more fun reading new things this year than … Continue reading My Top 12 Books of 2020
Don't get me wrong - I am so glad to see 2020 move into the rear view mirror. But I'm also so grateful for some of what 2020 showed me. Clarity. Around who I am, what I want in life, and who my friends are. Friendship. Those that not only survived social distancing, but somehow … Continue reading What am I grateful for?
Back this summer, after a trying day where people around me had taken my good spirits and trashed them particularly roughly, I wrote something in my phone about the way I wanted to live life going forward. I wrote: “I want to be so full of love and kindness for myself and others that bad … Continue reading When you live with an open heart, unexpected joyful things happen.
I am boycotting self-help books. I have actually been boycotting them all year - but it’s gone so well that I’m going to keep boycotting them indefinitely. Now to be clear - I have still enjoyed books on spirituality, books on improving society as a whole, and memoirs - I’ve read Spirit Junkie, I’m Still … Continue reading I am boycotting.
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.”