Because life
never stops teaching.

Journaling for awareness. Growing for life.

Parenting

I had a dream the other night that I was rowing out on the ocean in a little wooden skiff. My youngest child was in my lap. The water was calm and all was well until the boat began to leak. Holes sprung up everywhere. One then another. The water was suddenly a powerful ocean with a deep darkness below it. I worked frantically to try to empty the water from the boat with the small scoop of my hands, not succeeding before I woke myself up.

It’s not like me to have anxiety dreams, but then the last couple months haven’t exactly been typical. They’ve brought about challenges that I haven’t been ready to write about before now. I guess …

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My friend Kim Gruenenfelder is a talented writer with a new book called “Love the Wine You’re With,” a story of friends who quit their jobs to sink their savings into a wine bar. In the book, Gruenenfelder writes about moments in people’s lives that have the power to change everything for the better. She calls this the Eciah moment, and she asked me to write about and share what this moment has been in my life. I’ve had a lot of life-changing moments—marriage, the birth of my children, exciting career experiences—but there was one simple moment that shifted my perception of it all. And it happened at home.

I once defined myself as a jack-of-all-trades and a master of …

Continue reading The Shift

Darling,

Each day that I drop you off at school, I say to you cheerfully, “Go learn something and have some fun.” And everyday when I pick you up, I look at you to check and see if your heart is okay. This week you came home one day with heavy steps and slumped shoulders. You said you were fine. You weren’t ready to talk. Later at home when the tears collected and brought out the green in your eyes, my heart whispered to yours, don’t swallow them back; let them fall. You’ve been through some bumps before, but this was new. This was bigger. You told me what happened, expressed feelings of pain and sadness, and I knew this would be …

Continue reading A Warrior for Your Heart (a letter to my child)

In honor of Women’s Equality Day and the efforts still being made to pass the Equal Rights Amendment (92 years after it was written) to ensure that “liberty and justice for all” includes women in the US constitution, I want to congratulate the courageous, creative, brilliant women around the world who are shining the way toward true equality. But I also want to raise a difficult question: Why are women so hard on each other? We have a better chance of rising up from limitations, labels, abuse and inopportunity as a group, if we stop limiting each other, labeling each other, and keeping each other down.

I hear about real world “mean girls” way too much these days. Female bosses who …

Continue reading Raising Tomorrow’s Women. Raising Ourselves. Raising the Bar.

When the New Year began, I put away all my holiday decorations, took a deep breath, and thought, now things will calm down. But suddenly there were birthdays to celebrate, doctors to see, school variety show acts to coordinate, Girl Scout Cookies to help sell, home projects to complete, and other excitement to instigate. Life is full… wonderful.

A morning last month, Brennan (now four and a half) asked me if I’d play trucks with him—one of his favorite things to do. At the time I was in the middle of making lunch and cleaning out the refrigerator. “I can’t right now; maybe in just a little bit,” I told him, “Why don’t you help me make lunch.” But by the …

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There is some drama going on with the women at the barn. (There’s a sentence that I’m sure is as old as dirt.) Seriously, a couple ladies that ride where I used to take horseback riding lessons are dragging each other through the mud. (Figuratively speaking.) It’s a classic story of competition and differing opinions. I got an earful about it twice this week, and once from a woman I hardly even know in the general store just up the road from the stables. “It’s too tight of a community to go badmouthing someone,” she was saying, “but she’s bitter and jealous and… well, karma, ya know?” I just listened and nodded, as I handed her the money to buy …

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With every event in life, there is either something to learn or something to teach.

It’s been an amazing summer! We have had wonderful adventures setting up our new home and settling into our new neighborhood. This week, the kids and I gathered up the school supplies and started anticipating our new school—new classmates, new teachers. There’s nothing like sharpened pencils and fresh notebooks to get me in the writing mood. And so, after a busy couple of months, I have found my way back to my computer. In a freshly painted room, with a fresh mindset, I find myself daydreaming about school.

I’d love to be an eternal student, forever picking up new crafts or learning about new subjects. One …

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Life is so full! In the last month, we traveled to the east coast for my sister’s wedding, closed on the purchase of our home, began some home demo and instillation, wrapped up school for the year and began to squeeze our friends extra tight before loading the moving truck next week. I’ve been so busy and excited that I’ve hardly had a second to notice that I’m stressed. It hit me today that, yes, I’m a little stressed. As if the “overload” warning light illuminated on the dashboard of my frontal lobe. I’d suddenly had quite enough of coordinating things, making decisions, saying emotional goodbyes, and facing the sentimental recycling bin, into which I’ve had to place various finger …

Continue reading Sweet Surrender

This year has been filled with many wonderful experiments, and my latest one has left a giant smile on my face.

When I decided to become a self-publishing author, I took on a “go big or go home” attitude and created a business. My mission with Emerald Shores Publishing has been to create and promote books to grow on—books that will offer new perspectives and bring people into conversation. Emerald Shores provides a platform for self-publishing authors to band together through team marketing and bring innovative and inspiring literature into as many lives as possible! After I’d established my goal, I realized that I already had two incredible women in my life that were self-published authors; and they were inspiring lives with …

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These past few years I have so enjoyed writing about these years when my children are young—the moments that often seem like a blink, and yet, I know will all add up to being the time of my life. And each time I hear another mom talk about where she is within it all, I feel a sense of solidarity and encouragement. Through the good, the bad and the beautiful, I am grateful to have the support and levity of other incredible women.

This month, in celebration of Mother’s Day, I asked that others share with me a “mom moment” so that I could pick one to write about and honor another mom’s experience. I enjoyed reading some funny, sweet, and …

Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day!

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