Mama Fought Back

My daughter came out of the bath saying, “I hate that I’m fat.” I grew up in a house where that was the worst possible trait a person could possess. So all the triggers started firing. I have spent years working on my relationship with food and with my body. We rarely mention weight orContinue reading “Mama Fought Back”

Mom Knows Best: 11 Moms Share Their Best Apartment Advice

Mom knows best — so take her apartment advice! Whether you’re moving across the country for college or just across town into your own apartment, moving out on your own is a huge step towards adulthood. To help you prepare for living on your own, we asked Moms to share their best apartment advice. Here’sContinue reading “Mom Knows Best: 11 Moms Share Their Best Apartment Advice”

Day Care Guilt

I dropped my daughter off at day care this morning, and it killed me a little bit. The idea of another mother watching my child because I was unable to do so. The guilt clung to my shoulders and suffocated my heart.  My other children ventured outside the house once they were old enough forContinue reading “Day Care Guilt”

I Am Brave

I love my one-year-old’s power walk. She cruises through the house, fearless, unstoppable. Because she knows nothing about what could possibly happen. She has no anticipatory anxiety. She simply enjoys discovering the parts of life she now has access to. What if we were like this? A little healthy fear to keep us safe isContinue reading “I Am Brave”

As Confident As My 3 Year Old

I’m not much for making my own mistakes. I prefer to learn from the mistakes of others. But I’ve gotten to the point in my writing career where application is far more important than theory. I’ve begrudgingly accepted I have to mess up to grow. And I came to a crossroads: pursue my passion orContinue reading “As Confident As My 3 Year Old”

Covid Kids Back at School

After a year and a half of being home, my kids are finally back in school, and somehow, I’m more stressed out. It has been a rough transition for us from all day everyday with me, to most days with a teacher, but I think we’re finally finding our rhythm. Which means I finally haveContinue reading “Covid Kids Back at School”

A Birthday of Memories

Every year, a few days before my birthday, I have deep and dark thoughts about missing my sister. Once the day actually comes, the anxiety dissipates, and I am able to find excitement in celebrating with the people who are still here. But those days leading up can be brutal. If you’re missing someone onContinue reading “A Birthday of Memories”

Courage Over Fear

I’ve had a hard time sharing my manuscript with other people because I’m terrified that it’s terrible. Through processing this, I’ve realized that I’m actually worried that I wasted the last six months of my life writing something that won’t be published. But no one can decide if my time was wasted except for me.Continue reading “Courage Over Fear”

The Freedom of Exercise

It’s been a rough month over here. Hell, it’s been a rough year and a half 🙈. After struggling with my mental health through the pandemic, moving, and having the kids at home full-time, we all got Covid. Although the lingering physical effects of our illness took weeks to shake off, it has been hardContinue reading “The Freedom of Exercise”

An Editor’s Encouragement

Sharing your writing is like sharing a secret: unbearable at first but unburdening in the end. I’ve been doing some freelance editing, treating each manuscript with the love I hope someone else would treat mine. What is it about these creations we love so much that make it so hard for us to put intoContinue reading “An Editor’s Encouragement”