Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash Years ago, before I started therapy and before I started writing for others, I made a decision. I had a parenting moment which demonstrated to me that my life of “being fine” was a lie, and—most importantly—that I wasn’t going to be the only person hurt by that lie. … Continue reading Giving Life
Photo by Raimond Klavins on Unsplash There’s a question I’ve wrestled with since some of my earliest memories, though I can’t pinpoint exactly the first time it rose in my mind. I know it was before I was ten because that was the year I wrote a novella with this question at the heart of … Continue reading Where Mine End and Yours Begin
Photo by Josh Appel on Unsplash When you flip a coin for something, you choose heads or you choose tails, but it’s still the same coin flipping. One coin, two sides. But which side you choose can make all the difference. Maybe you’re flipping to decide if you’re having pizza or pancakes for dinner, or … Continue reading Heads or Tails?
Photo by Tingey Injury Law Firm on Unsplash Recently, I’ve been focused heavily on my forthcoming memoir, resilient. As is the case any time you are writing about personal experiences, I’ve had to relive many periods in my life in order to write them in such a way that the reader is right there with … Continue reading Luxury or Right?
Photo by Sheldon Liu on Unsplash I love creating. Of course, not all creative talents are created equally—at least not for me. Most of mine was diverted into writing, though I still enjoy engaging in other artistic pursuits from time to time. One such pursuit is drawing. Every so often since I was young, I’ve felt a deep … Continue reading All the beautiful, imperfect things
Photo by Breno Machado on Unsplash If I had to label the way I engage in the writing process, I would say that I'm an intuitive writer. It’s as if I’m listening to a friend tell me a story about their life and I'm simply here to transcribe their words. I also follow my gut regarding which project … Continue reading We are the Storm
Photo by Artem Kovalev on Unsplash Thanksgiving is—bar none—my favorite holiday of the year. Yes, I do celebrate Christmas. And no, Christmas isn’t actually my favorite holiday. It really is Thanksgiving. You may be wondering, Turkey and stuffing and potatoes and beans and pies and cookies? Eating to excess for days on end? You like that more than … Continue reading Time to Breathe
Photo by lauren lulu taylor on Unsplash My oldest daughter, Marie, recently had a playdate with two girls from the neighborhood—Layla, who is about two years older than Marie, and Caroline, who is about a year older. It was the first real playdate my extroverted and ultrasocial daughter had ever hosted at our house (and … Continue reading What it would have been like…
Last month, I finally did something that I’ve been thinking about way longer than I’ve ever admitted aloud. In fact, I was thinking about it decades ago, when I was still a pre-teen and had no idea how I would do it. And once I finally decided to do it, I was incredibly nervous. I … Continue reading Trashy
Photo by Taylor on Unsplash Our household is what I call a “book family.” Simply put, that means we all love books. I have overflowing shelves and an embarrassingly long wish list of books to buy and read that I add to just about every day. My kids (4 and 6) have bookshelves on every … Continue reading What You Do With An Idea