Paid to Dream

I made money from my writing yesterday. I think for the first time. And it gave all the sacrifices value. The time spent away from my family. The early mornings, the late nights. I’ve written for years simply because of what it offered me emotionally, but yesterday it contributed to me financially. And it changedContinue reading “Paid to Dream”

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”

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”

You Have Another Parent!

I was tired. I was spent. I just had nothing left. So when we all sat down at the couch to watch a movie, and the mom questions pelted at me like arrows, I just kind of erupted. “You have another parent!” Anyone else feel like the kids only want you, even if your spouseContinue reading “You Have Another Parent!”