• Children,  Family,  Journey,  Life

    1930: A Year Worth Remembering

            We had the honor of celebrating my grandfather’s birthday yesterday… how lucky am I to have my grandfather still, alive, and well… only, he’s sort of missing. You see, my grandfather has dementia and as you may know by the clinical term, his memory is failing, disappearing into the distance, further and further away. I wonder where he goes? When I sit with him, in the flesh, I see my grandfather, I feel his presence, he is there. He looks up and recognizes me, or at least I think he does, then he disappears. I get my hopes up time and time again, although I am…

  • Children,  Journey,  Motherhood,  Parenting,  Womanhood

    Bubble: Burst it!

    Burst your own bubble! Not the happy kind (we like those)… I am talking more about the kind of bubble that we all seem to find shelter in, our comfort zone, otherwise known as the place that we find safety and security. Why do we tend to stay in our comfort zones? Me, I find that it’s safer and quieter inside my bubble… I don’t risk embarrassment, humiliation, judgment, controversy, change… most of all, I don’t risk rejection!! Why do you stick to the limits of your bubble?  You see, I find great joy in forging relationships with people, however I find that rather than “winning friends and influencing people,”…

  • Journey,  Motherhood,  Womanhood

    She: Little Miss Everything

    She. Lately I have been observing and thinking more in depth as I notice an expression or the disposition of the women surrounding me. I have seen pain, exhaustion, worry, fear, happiness, love, and this sort of mysterious wonder. I look in the mirror and at times I don’t recognize the person staring back at me. I see the fine lines making themselves all too comfortably at home, embedding themselves deeper and deeper with each passing day. There are moments I catch a glimpse of the younger version of me and I sigh in relief, “oh there you are… thank goodness, I thought I had lost you for good.” It’s…

  • Children,  Goal Setting,  Journey,  Motherhood,  Parenting,  Womanhood

    Be Selfish: It’s Okay

    It’s been a bit since my last post… I’ve thought daily of posts and had every intention, however, I found myself taking a little “me time” instead. Here’s what I learned: There is absolutely no one responsible for your well-being, happiness, place in life, thoughts, feelings, and all things in between but YOU! It’s that cliché we have all heard far too many times, maybe our parents said something of the sort or a coach, mentor, friend… I think we hear it but do we really “hear” it? Do we understand what it means and how to better get an understanding of the concept? It sounds so difficult or maybe…

  • Children,  Journey,  Parenting,  Womanhood

    Sons and Daughters: Raising Superheroes

    Following the global Women’s March on Saturday, I came across a post in my feed that really captured me, it was a picture of this woman’s young daughter, maybe three years old, wearing a dress with superhero words like “wow” on it and she was wearing a gold cape. The caption read, “Strong women… may we know them, maybe we be them, may we raise them.” A quote I have often seen and felt a tinge of “bam, I am woman hear me roar” in my step afterward, especially at that moment. I was so moved by her post because I get it… motherhood. I immediately wished I knew her…

  • Journey

    Ego: the ugly (non)truth

    I think one of the hardest things in the world is to wrangle in our thoughts and transform them, especially when they are negative! It is much easier to drown than it is to float… I’m not sure why that is really? It feel so good to float… euphoric. We don’t like to wallow in self-pity, we can’t stand it when others do, we don’t enjoy feeling “less than” nor do we like to feel all of the heaviness… I believe we all want that “one thing” to save us from drowning, mostly to save us from ourselves. So, why do we give in every single time that feeling of…

  • Journey,  Recipe

    Dirt: how do you handle yours?

    Have you ever found yourself in sort of a funk and find yourself only hearing negative (for sake of this post, I will refer to this as “dirt”) things about others, or maybe only engaging in dirt talk? I know I have! Recently I was on the phone with my sister and we were doing the usual venting, seeking advice, and just getting some frustrations out… both of us were trying to achieve the same thing, gain support and feel happiness; only we were going about it the wrong way! You see, we were just flinging the dirt around, smearing it in and flinging it back and forth. What we…

  • Journey

    Fear: to have and to hold?

    Let’s talk about FEAR… such a dreadful word really, the connotation is quite frightening in and of itself! What are you most afraid of? What is/are your biggest fear(s)? Do you run from them? Address them? Find ways to embrace them? Me? I am afraid most of LOSS! Loss of self. Loss of time. Loss of love. Loss of happiness. Loss of laughter. Loss of youth. Loss of friendships. Most afraid to the loss of people. So, how do we address our fears and embrace them? Well, I am no expert on the matter… but I think it’s time for me to get really real here. I cry at almost…

  • Journey

    2017: Time to Go Beautifully

    This quote was given to me on a metal bookmark years ago and immediately captured me. These seven words have literally guided me through some very difficult times in my life, and almost always when I am wondering if I can, should, etc. this quotes some how finds me again and I am reminded that I can do anything… even if that means fail! Well, it is official… I have joined the world of blogging and to be completely honest, I am terrified! This fear has kept me from doing this very thing that I am doing right now, writing so you and the rest of the world can access my thoughts,…