Honey, This Was Not the Plan

I am a stickler for being organized and having a plan. A good plan to me is like the world’s most incredible security blanket. I feel safe and warm and wrapped-up in having control. Well, what happens when you take one hyper-organized person and pair her with someone who thrives off of spontaneity? Well, at…

Is it Too Much to Ask?

I was sitting on my parents’ deck earlier this week trying to meditate. It was not going well. I could not concentrate for the life of me. I was too focused on all these things I wanted to say to people but was refusing to. I started wondering what the heck was going on. I…

The Terrifying Thought of My Future Offspring

This is what we do. We barbecue and we think about/occasionally argue about our future kids. Domi and I think a lot about our future children. We have pretty much since the day we met (yes, I know, we’re crazy people). I guess, sometimes that’s just what you do when you’re excited to have kids,…

Floating in the Infinite

            A long time ago, on an adventure with my Dad in Hawaii, we decided to swim way out into the ocean. I was only about ten or eleven years old and thankfully a very strong swimmer. We just kept swimming and swimming until we reached a rock formation that stuck out of the water…

Grounding in Gratitude

People talk about gratitude a lot, so much so that I think we get desensitized to it sometimes. But there is a reason that so many people are talking about it. It’s because gratitude is life-altering. From the time I was just an itty bitty baby, my Dads ingrained in me a sense of what…

PB&J and Bales of Hay

When I was in first grade my class went on a field trip to a pumpkin patch. My Dad, as per usual, was chaperoning. It came time for lunch and I went to sit on a bale of hay next to my friend Isabella. I pulled my peanut butter and jelly that now had a…

Ferocious Infinite Love

Sometimes love is dignified. Sometimes love is silly. Sometimes love is the most fun in the world and sometimes love comes with challenges. I adore all kinds of love. I would like to think I am fluent in all love language with the amount that loving other people brings me joy. I also know that…

Feel Hugged and Take a Breath

Little Chelsea says, "Please please breathe when things get tough!" I have one solid reminder for you today and that is to please, please, please remember to BREATHE! When you aren’t breathing it is easy to start to panic and to start to stress about every little thing. I know that feeling so well. The…

I Am a Flower Smeller

I am currently in the process of building a brand. A part of that requires me to dig pretty deep into who I am as a person as my brand is pretty much just a little old me. My exercise this week has been trying to synthesize all of my roles (writer, speaker, wife, friend,…

Eternal Optimism or a Way of Life?

I am in a book club currently that focuses on works of anti-racism and in our last meeting, one participant said to me, “I think we missed all the warnings and the signals and the signs and it’s too late for our country. It’s just too late.” I was taken aback by this because I…