The Annihilation of the Word “Just”

A picture of the bird house I painted as a child just because. I am not talking about the incredibly important use of the word just as in justice and justly. I am talking about the much less important use. As in: just curious, just asking, just wondering. The word, just, has become such a…

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…

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…

I Found Me Again

The only words I really have to accompany today's video are those of Dr. Seuss, "Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is Youer than You." Well, those words and these: Black Lives STILL AND ALWAYS WILL Matter. (If you need a new podcast that will help…

What, Who and Why Do You Want to Be?

A grown-up kneels down next to a four-year-old child and asks, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The child’s eyes get wide with possibilities. Their face lights up with the notion that they could pick anything and make it happen. There are no limits. That same child starts to get older.…

Not My Voice Right Now

This isn't about what I have to say, but below is a story from my dear friend, who gave me permission to share her post, along with accounts to follow to educate yourself on anti-racism and places you can donate in order to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Listen. Read. Donate. Actually read, donate…

Fully Baked Unnecessary Rage

Full disclosure--these were fully baked by my Dad, not me... Things rarely go as you’d expect them to. Especially not when you tell others to get better about managing their expectations, handling their disappointments, and setting goals. I closed my computer and walked downstairs on Tuesday preparing to upload my post. I had spent much…

Expectation Versus Reality

Who hasn’t posted something on social media entitled expectation vs. reality?  I think we would all raise our hands if someone asked us if we have ever been disappointed by our expectations…so I thought on this a bit and tried to figure out a way forward… https://youtu.be/8F_ak3X0LzQ Happy day, Friends. Sending you so much love…

Fistfights and Unlocking Joy

If you reach into that metaphorical bag of joy...you're bound to come up with something... As I watched two people in front of me in a socially distanced line at a coffee shop almost get into a fistfight, I was snapped out of my reverie. I had been standing there, thinking about what I wanted…

Lost in Relaxation OR My Husband Occasionally Looks Like a Hurt Puppy

Domi wandered downstairs looking lost in his own home. It was the first day of no school in three and a half years. I had told him to also take off work for a few weeks so he could just relax and enjoy himself. It was time for a break for my boy. He was…