Division

This week I've been on vacation from work. It's the first full week I've been off since early last August. So, it's been 11 months. And I really needed the break. I spent it with family - including my cousin and her family of 5 who drove 8 hours to see me and my immediate…

We’re All Doomed… Right?

It's a crazy world. It's a crazy time to be alive. Especially in America. But is it really as bad as a lot of people think? Is it worse? I can honestly say that Twitter makes it sound like we are on the verge of WW III/Civil War II. (And I'm not talking about a…

I Want to Run

Lately I’ve been feeling like running. Not from anything. But to a lot of things. And for the past several months, when I walk into my job, something inside of me is screaming “run, run, run!” More on this to come soon... but for now... here’s this week’s Ted Talk. My favorite quote from it…

It’s That Simple, And That Complex

There's a great line from The Avett Brothers song "Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise": "Decide what to be and go be it." The key to a happy and fulfilling life is really just that simple. And it's also that complex. In fact, just deciding who I want to be is often a struggle.…

For This Father’s Day

Today is Father's Day. And I'm fully aware that next year's Father's Day just might be a lot different than this year's Father's Day. Just like this year's Father's Day is much different than last year's. But this year, I'm taking the time, and focusing my energy, to appreciate my father. My dad. His health…

Stumbling

Lately, I've been asking myself if I'm bad... I can't seem to stop asking the question. I absolutely feel like a bad parent right now. And yet, I know I'm not. It's a weird combination of thoughts and feelings. And it really hurts. Last weekend my 17-year-old decided to not come home on Saturday night.…

Please Read This to Her

I'm Still Here There is this beautiful thing that you do Well, it's one of the millions of beautiful things that you do   Like a meteor shower streaking across a star-packed sky Or a Tiger Lily waving above a field of wildflowers   There's this thing that you do That shakes your life so…

The Importance of Self Confidence

Self confidence. For me, that's one of the most misunderstood concepts in life. I used to associate self confidence with arrogance. I wrote about something similar to this in a blog post a few months ago. But of course, it's not anything like arrogance. In fact, arrogance may very well be a lack of self…

Be Your Own Hero

I don't know about you, but every time something traumatic happens in my life, I get small. I think most people do. But for me, if something "bad" happens, no matter how little or huge, whether it's a rude comment or the loss of a loved on, I naturally start to shrink. It's my automatic…