In case you missed it, today is International Women’s Day and, timed accordingly by the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington, A Day Without A Woman. Women were encouraged to go on strike today from all paid and unpaid work if feasible. Many organizations recognize this isn’t possible for everyone and promoted their own… Continue reading Wearing Red
As a parent, you learn to make the most out of the rare moments of alone (or at least “child is distracted”) time. You can turn a 30-minute episode of Paw Patrol for them into a completed blog post for you. You figure out how long it takes the toddler to eat a snack and… Continue reading Finding “Me” Time Abroad
Earlier this week, my twins went to their two-year doctor appointment on the same day we had our monthly splurge — a deep cleaning of the house from a professional. Everyone and everything was healthy and clean. It’s a wonderful feeling, isn’t it? The next day, my husband and one of the boys woke up… Continue reading Weekend Reads and Listens: Podcast Love
Sometimes I watch House Hunters International and think who the hell does that? But I know who does that. Alex and Jordan and their two kids and scrappy dog who want a “simpler lifestyle.” They pack up their house in [INSERT EXTREMELY COLD AND/OR FAST-PACED CITY] and move to a beach in Nicaragua. They conveniently… Continue reading House Hunters and Reinvention
Happy Saturday! The beautiful weather continues in Texas (sorry Midwest and Northeast), so we’re trying to spend as much time outside as possible. Hopefully this early spring weather doesn’t mean that summer will start in April, but that is all the more reason to get out and enjoy it now. All that to say, I… Continue reading Weekend Reads and Listens
It took me days to hit “publish” on my first post when I re-entered the blogging world a few months ago, this time as a parent with a lot of “stuff” on my mind. I had worries I imagine are similar to other new writers: Does anyone care? Has everything already been said? Am I… Continue reading When Writing Gets Personal
If there are two things I love, it’s writing and personality assessments. The scientific validity of these assessments, including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, is always a matter of debate, but it’s hard to deny that it’s just damn fun to answer a few questions and generate a report telling you “who you are.” Maybe… Continue reading What Does Your Writing Say About You?
Like so many of us, work and family commitments during the week leave little time to relax with a good book or podcast. Or rather, the time eventually does come, but I fall asleep about 10 minutes into the endeavor. At this point in my life with young kids, gone are the hours to unwind… Continue reading Weekend Reads And Listens
Birthdays, especially ones that get you within arm’s length of a new decade, should provide obvious blog inspiration. When the decade knocking on your door is your 40’s, you seem poised for a humorous, reflective, thoughtful post about the passage of time, what you have learned, what you still don’t know and how this birthday… Continue reading Thoughts On 38 (Or Lack Thereof)
Procrastination has always been a weakness. Thank goodness the internet and social media didn’t exist in its current form when I was in college. I would have been back home in Texas before the first blizzard buried my Chicago campus. While I still procrastinate on projects, I like to think my methods of stalling have… Continue reading Is Being a Writer Silly?