Love the one you’re with

I hovered behind my mom in the kitchen as she made dinner. The fish sticks went in to the built-in oven, and when my mom turned around, she almost bumped in to me. She sighed, “What is it, sweetie?” “I have a serious question.” I was 13, and in these moments, my mom responded with … Continue reading Love the one you’re with

Going the extra mile with David Sedaris

My husband surprised me last week with a ticket to see one of my favorite authors, David Sedaris. He was coming to our city as part of the DMA Arts & Letters live series, and he was also doing a book signing. I’ve been a big fan of David Sedaris’ work since around 2004, when … Continue reading Going the extra mile with David Sedaris

How selling our home taught us about community

In early spring of 2016, we made the decision to sell our home, move across the metroplex and go back to being renters instead of homeowners. It was not a decision that seemed logical to our family and friends. We lived in a suburban neighborhood near my husband’s job, and by all appearances our life … Continue reading How selling our home taught us about community

4 ways to help children with anxiety

Anxiety in children isn’t always obvious. Sometimes it can be hard to identify, and therefore it can be challenging for parents to help. After all, if we don’t know that the seed level cause of our child’s discomfort is anxiety, how are we supposed to help them? In my daughter for example, her anxiety often … Continue reading 4 ways to help children with anxiety

Lessons in Confidence

My 6-year-old daughter came screaming into the house as I put the final dinner dishes in the dishwasher. The clang of the appliance gate clattering our dirty tableware met the front door of the house as it burst open with my child's wail. Startled, I asked if someone had been hurt. My daughter sobbed through … Continue reading Lessons in Confidence

Shiny Sparks: Meredith Myers – The Majestik Lioness

In this week's installment of 'Shiny Sparks,' I spoke with Meredith Myers (The Majestik Lioness). Meredith is a heart-based healer and teacher of metaphysical wisdom, meditation, and self-worth. I asked her how she maintains her connection to spirituality. What helps me live consciously? Meditation helps me to live a more mindful & peaceful state of … Continue reading Shiny Sparks: Meredith Myers – The Majestik Lioness

Shiny Sparks: Miranda Chop

This week's inspiration highlight is provided with awe and acceptance by Miranda Chop. She takes us on a short but no less profound journey into her creative process as she answers the question, What Inspires You? _____________________________________ I’m never short on inspiration. It is everywhere, all the time, if you know where to look, but more … Continue reading Shiny Sparks: Miranda Chop

Shiny Sparks: February 26

I had just finished setting up my table for a book event yesterday, when a women walked up and asked me what my book is about. She looked really tired and I could see she had been crying. I answered her question and we got to talking, and she's going through some serious life challenges. … Continue reading Shiny Sparks: February 26

Shiny Sparks, February 12

This week my husband was out-of-town for 5 days, and I was basically a single SAH Mom. I realize there are families out there who do this on a consistent basis, but our family doesn't, so when one parent is gone, our kids are definitely affected. My husband is extremely hands on, and we share … Continue reading Shiny Sparks, February 12

My Crowdsourced Life

I want to talk about community. The dictionary defines community as: a unified body of individuals a social state or condition There is an implied consciousness behind it. And the word togetherness: warm fellowship, as among members of a family the quality, state, or condition of being together They are ideas that sound easy enough … Continue reading My Crowdsourced Life