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”

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”

Why Do We Lie?

While two of my children argued about who was being dishonest, a third piped up and said, “Telling the truth is hard.”  Have you ever thought about it? As an adult, we teach our children to tell the truth, but we wonder why it’s so difficult for them to follow through. Well, sometimes it’s hardContinue reading “Why Do We Lie?”

Building a Social Circle

For one of the first times in my life, I have nothing to say. I finished my book and had plans to bulk up on blog posts, but as soon as my story finished, my body shut down. As if the writing had been keeping me alive. I think I’ve been having a harder timeContinue reading “Building a Social Circle”

Extraordinary Mothers

Have you ever hated being a mom? I feel like the idea of being a mom involves these magical unicorn days where we love to be in the presence of our children. But what about the days where we cry and can’t meet their needs because we cannot meet our own. I’ve experienced more ofContinue reading “Extraordinary Mothers”

To Get Us Up & Out

Do you have a power outfit? A suit of armor to protect you when you have to leave the house. Some people wear make up, others style their hair. I have colors. When I’m anxious, I go back to basics: black, white, and red. Because I am most comfortable in these colors, I become theContinue reading “To Get Us Up & Out”

To Feel Less Alone

While talking to my husband, he’ll often finish my thoughts and tell me he gets it. To which I reply, “But I need to say it.” What is it about the presence of an audience that gives our words weight? If Yev wasn’t going to listen, why did I still want to tell him? WhyContinue reading “To Feel Less Alone”

The Validation that Matters Most

I recently put on a pair of leggings because of how they made me feel, not because of how they made me look. The vibrant colors made me happy, but the patterns definitely did not make me thinner. This was a turning point for me where the goal of the day was not to lookContinue reading “The Validation that Matters Most”

“I Love Your Squishy Parts”

Although sweet, this is a multi-layered statement, eliciting a complicated emotional response. One that usually ends in laughter, because that’s how I deal with discomfort. This statement acknowledges my squishy parts but simultaneously loves them. It means I can’t hide them, which creates fear, but also asks the question, “Why hide them?”, which is empowering.Continue reading ““I Love Your Squishy Parts””

Sex in a Post-Baby Body

Sex after kids got better and worse for me. I feel like I lost all of my dignity by having children. The sacred parts of me had been viewed by many, often more thoroughly than I had viewed them myself. So any reservations or shyness I had about my naked erogenous zones almost evaporated; however,Continue reading “Sex in a Post-Baby Body”