Don’t Just Choose Joy.

I recently asked on Instagram what topics my readers would like me to write about now that I’m blogging again. I got a lot of really wonderful responses that I can’t wait to explore here together. But one suggestion really stood out to me, and it was on the topic of joy.

What brings you joy? Continue reading Don’t Just Choose Joy.

On Going Through Tough Things

The darkness does not destroy the light; it defines it. It’s our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows. Brené Brown

I needed this quote yesterday.

My little family is going through something right now, something kind of tough. We are all healthy, so don’t be alarmed. But man, life can just really kick ya when you’re down, you know? Continue reading On Going Through Tough Things

This is My Joy: Books, a Nook, and Dates With My Two Year Old

I was away from my kids for the beginning of this week and missed them terribly. That’s the funny thing about motherhood. Your kids might drive you crazy when you’re with them, but given enough time and distance and all you’ll remember is their sweetness (mostly).

Things have been tough in our house for a myriad of ways, just like I’m sure things get tough for you sometimes too. I’ve been letting these tough things really get the best of me lately. But today I woke up determined to not let unmet expectations, uncertainty, or any of life’s other little nuisances steal my joy.  Continue reading This is My Joy: Books, a Nook, and Dates With My Two Year Old

Wild and Wonderful You

“You don’t have a right to the cards you believe you should have been dealt. You have an obligation to play the hell out of the ones you’re holding and my dear one, you and I have been granted a mighty generous one.”
― Cheryl Strayed

This Sunday, my first born turns four. Four! It boggles my mind. Sometimes it is hard for me to remember Theo as a baby because he has turned into such a force of nature. He is so full of life and vivaciousness that it takes me a minute to backtrack and remember the teeny-tiny, sickly little preemie we first brought home from the hospital.  Continue reading Wild and Wonderful You

Cold Hands, Warm Heart (And the Best Tomato Soup Recipe EVER)

My maternal grandmother always tells me that having cold hands means you have a warm heart. I like that. My hands are always cold. I like the thought that this physical anomaly is proof of such a pleasant quality as a “warm heart.”

As I write this, the sun is out, the snow is slowly falling, my mug is full of fresh coffee, and my heart indeed, feels warm.  Continue reading Cold Hands, Warm Heart (And the Best Tomato Soup Recipe EVER)

Why We Won’t be Buying Ourselves Christmas Gifts This Year

We will be celebrating Christmas a little differently this year. The tree will go up as usual. As will the garlands, the little figurines, and all of the other festive knick knacks. We will play Christmas music 24-7 (Ok, I will do that). And, we will bake cookies till they fill every inch of countertop.

But this year, my husband and I will not be exchanging gifts. Continue reading Why We Won’t be Buying Ourselves Christmas Gifts This Year

For, Joy

I tend to think big picture. I think long term. I constantly analyze, re-evaluate, and calculate next steps. This makes me a great person to have in your board meeting or as your project manager, but it is terrible for being in my own head. The same skills that help me see all the options and make calculated choices make it almost nearly impossible…to be content. Continue reading For, Joy

The Lost Art of Play

Today is Day 30 of my #LifeOnPurpose challenge. Only 10 more days to go! Whoohoo! Through this challenge, I’ve learned a lot about myself and about slowing down and being intentional in my day, but it has been a lot of work!

I better not get ahead of myself, though. I still have one and a half weeks to go!

Today was funny. My challenge for the day was to explore nature with Theo, continue to teach him how to respect his environment and to have a little fun along the way. To do this, I told Theo we were going to fill his bug house with plants, leaves and sticks to create a fun environment for the second part of our activity – catch bugs! Doesn’t that sound like a nice educational activity? Little did I know that I was the one in for an education. Continue reading The Lost Art of Play

The Lowlight Reel

Have you heard the expression, “don’t compare you lowlight reel to someone else’s highlight reel”? Simply put, this means don’t compare your worst moments or days to everyone else’s best moments or days. But really, I don’t need to tell you this; I need to tell myself.

This week, I saw a slew of friends suddenly start to follow @2sisters_angie on Instagram, so my curiosity naturally led me to check her out.

In case you haven’t heard the buzz about this amazing four year old, you can check out her story here: fashionbyMayhem

The short of it is this: Four year old Mayhem (nickname, not actual), makes amazing dressing out of construction paper and tape and her talented mommy snaps photos and posts them on Instagram. Her creations recently caught the eye of numerous national media outlets and now her story is all over the web.

I saw this story after two weeks of struggle, frustration, and anything but picture perfect parenting of of my two sons. In these moments, it is so, so easy to compare yourself to what everyone else is doing around you. It is easy to catch glimpses of everyone else’s “highlight reel” and to use it to beat yourself up. Continue reading The Lowlight Reel