This last week I had the unique opportunity to attend a writing workshop in the Palm Desert with seven other mothers who have all experienced child loss, much as I have. As I sit here reflecting on our time together, I realize this essay may be better suited for the blog I used to run, … Continue reading A Companion to Grief
When was the last time you said yes to a commitment you didn't really want to be committed to? You know, the bake sale, the PTA meeting, running everyone else's errands, coordinating the church potluck (I happen to love those potlucks, so don't read into this here, church friends. You can count on me to … Continue reading Cultivating and Being Authentically You
It's an exercise I've conducted three separate times. First as a trial during a brunch I hosted in my home, next while facilitating a session during an annual conference I attend, and finally at my women's workshop this last fall. Every single time I've asked this, some women have cried, others stopped dead in their … Continue reading Tell Me One Thing
It's all in how you see it. Do you slink away, crest-fallen, embarrassed, and throw in the towel? Or, do you accept the challenge, and say, in spite of it, "Oh really? Just watch me!" Perspective is a powerful tool, and if you have the audacity to follow your dreams, even when told no you might just … Continue reading The Audacity Of Not Taking ‘No’ For An Answer
When was the last time you did this, even in private? Do you give yourself a pat on the back when you have those big or even little wins, or do you downplay, dismiss, chalk it up to luck, good timing, or happenstance, and move on? Celebrating your accomplishments doesn't mean gloating, which is a … Continue reading Celebrating (Your Own) Accomplishments
As I find myself simultaneously reading Roxanne Gay’s Not That Bad, while seeing the news flashes on my phone that Bill Cosby is finally being held accountable for his decades long transgressions against women by being sentenced to prison, and listening to Christine Blasey Ford ripped to shreds as she testifies against her alleged assailant … Continue reading Where Do We Go From Here?
The best advice in life; at least as I've found it, is always the hardest. It's the rawest, truest, no-hold-barred kind of advice that helps you set things straight, or put them into action. It's a clear cut path through a dense jungle; it's the only way to proceed. Yesterday, I was lucky enough to … Continue reading Rolling with the Punches