Dear Facebook: we’ve made it ten years. Can you believe it? At the beginning, you were a means to an end, you know? I wanted to talk to my new best friend, who lived in Australia at the time. She recommended you, and we hit it off well. Remember those early days of character limits … [Read more…]
Hot angry tears were rolling down my face as we went back and forth, round and round. It was one of those conversations that needed to happen but was hard for both of us. We were both hurt – although, I probably more than she. We were both struggling to understand each other. The tears … [Read more…]
I saw my counselor today. We met for an hour. I was exhausted before we even got going. When I got out, all I wanted to do was take a nap. That, my friends, is severe introversion at its best and finest. I long-ago made peace with the fact that I’m an introvert. (Thank you, … [Read more…]
This past Sunday night, after a long battle with my digital TV antennae, I settled myself down in the basement couch to watch the USA Women’s Gymnastics Olympic Trials. I found myself a little overcome with emotion. Four years ago, I watched the Fierce Five win gold from the same couch set in our little … [Read more…]
I grew up in a house full of plants. My mom has a real knack for tending for houseplants, and it showed in the Fika trees, ivy, African violets, and spider plants that reproduced like bunnies at Easter time that always graced our household decor. When I got married, our house had plants. It wasn’t … [Read more…]
It’s that time of year when posts pop up all over the internet about Lent. I personally have never been an observer of Lent, but I can relate to the depth of what it means to people. And here’s why: In the spring of 2012 – after a very difficult few months trying to mother a challenging toddler … [Read more…]
If you have followed my blog over the years, you know that I struggle with perfectionism, longing for control, obsessive thinking, and trying too hard. I’m a doer. Type A, if you will. Having an unplanned cesarean birth did much to expose this part of me that often gets me into big trouble – or … [Read more…]
But in all of the busy-ness, that Still Small Voice has been calling me slow down and smell the roses and stop doing all. the. things. With these words I walked into 2014. And it’s one of the best choices I ever made. My journey into whitespace didn’t end up looking like I expected. … [Read more…]
So you won’t be able come here and find someone who is put together or who breathes inspiration into your life. Sometimes I wish I could be that for you – but I can’t and won’t pretend to be something that I’m not.
But what you can find here is a work in progress.
Right now I just want to sit here and listen to One Republic and drink my vanilla chai tea latte and let the words tumble out and not care how they fall. The words that I was too scared to let out yesterday.
To know that saying no to the good and yes to the better; cutting out the busy and embracing the less-involved; to shunning the pin-worthy and grabbing hold of the easy; avoiding the surrounded and being okay with the lonely– It is better. It is best.
Sometimes I exhale the stress of a moment. Other times I exhale the stress of a lifetime.
Well ladies, I’ve dropped out of the rat race and I’m waving the white flag of surrender. Do you always have to give up something to gain something? I say yes. But the gain is always worth it.