10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Beauty

I've been having a lot of conversations on looks and fashion with my ten-year-old daughter recently. She is not only at the age where she is beginning to notice these kinds of things, but is also standing on the edge of puberty and interest in boys. It is a very tricky time to say the least. So when a friend suggested the blog prompt 10 Things I Know to Be True, I decided to dedicate this post to her. ...more
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3 Thoughts on Surfing

Now that I am a couple of days past my first experience with surfing, there are a few thoughts that keep rising up within me. It turns out riding the waves did teach me a lot about life, but not in the ways I had expected.I never had a transcendent moment where I felt One With the Ocean as I had hoped, but I did gain a lot of respect for people who have committed themselves to be wave riders.  There is a reason surfers are all ripped and buff my friends. Surfing is HARD WORK....more

Getting Over My Fear of Flying

In just a few days I am going to fly in an airplane for the first time in seven years. This lack of time in the friendly skies is no accident.I admit to you, dear reader, that I am afraid to fly.  This hasn't always been true.  I flew several times during my twenties and at first I loved it. I flew solo to Norway when I was 18 to visit my brother and his family for a week. Great flights there and back....more

The Joys of Minimum Wage: What I learned from my two year stint as a barrista

I write a blog post this cloudy Monday morning as I'm camped out with my laptop at Bare Bulb Coffee. Although this may sound pretty typical to you, today marks a big change for me. For I have spent the last two years opening the doors of Bare Bulb Coffee every Monday and Wednesday before the sun comes up to brew up some Joe and bake muffins and cinnamon rolls for the hungry people of Middle Georgia....more

Impatience is not a Virtue?

For as long as I can remember I have struggled with impatience. Not necessarily in a bratty, "I want what I want and I want it now" kind of way. (Okay, maybe it is that way sometimes). More often than not though I struggle with a propensity towards urgency kind of impatience....more

Discoveries in Life After 40: Eddie's Attic

I turned 40 eleven months ago. I've got to admit hitting that number bothered me a little. Partly,  I was just in a weird place. I had recently applied for a job that I got turned down for. I felt disappointed and a little lost. It seemed like my life was already half way over and I hadn't even figured out what I wanted to do yet. Lots of good things have happened to me over the past forty years, but there were still many unrealized dreams sitting on my shelf....more

For When You've Forgotten to Have Fun

The family and I had a chance to get away last weekend.  It was our kids spring break, so we took off on a Thursday afternoon and headed up to the mountains for a little getaway.I knew we needed it, for we had all been working hard. My husband and I had recently finished leading our class on managing anxiety. My kids had not only put up with our extra busyness during this time, but had been navigating their own work.  School, soccer, swim. I swear I don't remember my own elementary years being so stressful....more