#WhyILeft: I Have My Voice Back

I didn't understand that I was in a verbally and emotionally abusive relationship until I received the following texts last night. And then it all clicked. ...more

Always The Bridesmaid...and Godmother...and Party Planner, Never The Bride Or Anything Else Particularly Cool

Firstly, please forgive me for the cliche title and secondly, before you judge me as a jealous, wicked stepsister type, hear me out. I am so very happy for my friends. They have found wonderful men to share their lives with and I am honored to stand by them while they start their new journeys. I am also thrilled that some of them are popping out babies...on purpose. (Confession: I don't know if I'll ever get used to that. It still makes me shudder, cute as they are. )...more
My beef with my married and kidded friends is that they speak to me as if my single status has ...more

Identity

Even though I wrote this almost a year ago on July 16, 2012, this was a pivotal learning for who I am today. And while the relationship I speak of ended (and I'm no longer in LA), I am so grateful for him and that experience. ...more
@danicamichelle loved your post! :) and i agree, it is so important to find someone who is ...more

A Year Ago Today

A year ago today we buried my dad – the day after Mother’s Day, a holiday that will forever be bittersweet. He was my best friend, my confidant, and unconditional love. My world ended....more

I'll Meet You In Switzerland

My favorite story about my father is something you only find in fairy tales. Because truth be told, he really was my mom’s prince. Image: Joelle Pittman via Memtolax At 24, my mom thought my 30 year-old dad was too old to date her; but nevertheless, he persistently asked her out. She eventually relented, but he could never quite convince her that he was truly serious. ...more
@Falling Down Under  @kristenTsetsi Thank you so much for your kind words! :)more

Horse Shows After My Father's Death

Now I understand why my mom didn't want me to start riding horses again. It wasn't that she thought it was too dangerous or too expensive (although I'm sure that was part of it). It was because she dreaded the phone call she received today – me in hysterics....more

The Cemetery

This scenario happens to me at least four times a week: I am going about my day, usually in a good mood, and then I drive by the cemetery and my world comes crashing down around me. I obviously know where the cemetery is, but I always forget to avoid it. It comes seemingly out of nowhere....more

Single and Childless in the South

The great majority of the time, I love living in the south. The people are friendlier, life goes by at a slower pace, cost of living can’t be beat, and my family has been here since the 1700′s – the south is part of me....more
Great post! And I'll jump on the band wagon here and say you are definitely not alone! I'm 45 ...more

A Sign from My Dad?

I look for signs from my dad every day, and I pray for him to tell me that he is watching over me every night. While it may be farfetched, I need to know that he is out there somewhere and not simply gone forever....more

A Dog's Grief

Watching my father’s dog grieve is one of the most difficult parts of my own grief. This may seem like a ridiculous statement but I know why my father isn’t here, but his dog is lost and confused....more