High school is one of those things where you either loved your experience or you absolutely dreaded it. “If coach would have put me in, we would have won that game.” The glory days or the days of hell, it’s all about perspective.… READ THE REST
One of the things I look forward to the most while traveling is food, we eat out regularly at home, and I work in a restaurant… we don’t just eat to survive, seeking out new culinary experiences is a part of our lifestyle and my biggest hobby.… READ THE REST
If you’re going to bear the crippling anxiety that is leaving your children in someone else’s care (just me?), then you at least need to be pampered. Much to my husband’s dismay, my motto in life is, “treat yourself” – self care is super popular right now and I leave no opportunity unseized.… READ THE REST
After 718 consecutive nights with my daughter and no more than 6 uninterrupted hours here and there with my spouse, I thought my marriage could use some attention. But more than that, I wanted to wake up one day and have to wipe no ones butt, but my own.… READ THE REST
Deciding to raise your child vegan (on an entirely animal-free diet) is not for the faint of heart. Seriously mamas, it takes some real lady balls to stick to your honorable convictions and navigate the challenges and well-intentioned (or not so much) comments that inevitably ensue when you have plant-based offspring.… READ THE REST
It’s officially the season of graduation parties and cookouts. Who doesn’t like free food? For the grad, there are a lot of unknowns in the world and it doesn’t usually hit them until all the balloons deflate and the leftover pulled pork is scraped from the bottom of the pan.… READ THE REST
I live in a nice upper class community. The type of place where you can go for long walks and wave to Randy while he throws ribeyes on the barbie.
In my neighborhood is a lesbian couple. At least I assume them to be lesbians.… READ THE REST
How did I learn to forgive?
This question has been the bane of my existence for 3 years now. Every event I speak at, I get asked that question and I truly can’t answer it. I am very good at beating around the bush.… READ THE REST
I did something I haven’t done much of this year; hit pause and ran away with my family. Half of me wanted to run far, (like without them) the other half wanted to feel like we were still at home. So I packed up the kids, grabbed the hand of my husband, and went to the Grand Beach Resort in Traverse City Michigan.… READ THE REST
To have a social media account is to be solicited by someone in direct sales. You can hardly log in to Facebook without receiving a message about whitening toothpaste that will change your life AND offer financial freedom (quite the combo).… READ THE REST
My husband failed his entire first year of college. Straight F’s. Even in gym. He was grieving the loss of his older brother who should have been raging in that dorm life with him but was instead in a casket. Sometimes you can make plans for yourself, and then life throws a wrench in the tricycle you’ve been building.… READ THE REST
I am your token millennial. I was born in 1987, (you can check my driver’s license should you feel skeptical). I am young enough to use google as a verb, but old enough to have owned mix tapes. I refuse to shop at Walmart because of the labor conditions in their Asian factories, and yet I will admit I have no idea who my state representatives are.… READ THE REST
I am totally addicted to watching Shark Tank. Never in my right mind have I wanted to start my own business because I know how much work it is. My husband, on the other hand, is business driven, but we both really enjoy watching everyday people pitch their billion dollar ideas.… READ THE REST
Old Woman. Ball and Chain. The Boss.
In my pre-married life, I would cringe in movies when husbands would call their wives by these names. They wouldn’t call their wives by these things to their face, at least I hope not… but then again it was just a movie.… READ THE REST
I am just going to come right out and say it, Christians can be fake.
If I have just caused you to squint your eyebrows, first you need to understand that I am one of you. I’m not just an Easter and Christmas Christian.… READ THE REST
What are you most afraid of?
I know many of you instantly visualized very distinctive fears; spiders, clowns, heights perhaps? You wouldn’t be far off because according to Google it’s an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.… READ THE REST
I’m a planner. I like to know exactly what’s going to happen and the exact time the events will unfold. Once I decide I want something the wheels are set in motion and it’s off to the races. There will be hell to pay if you’re in my way and not on board with what I’ve decided is the right move.… READ THE REST
My life is crazy. When people ask “how are you doing?” I used to respond with “busy” but I think busy is a common response; so I say “life is crazy.” Ask my husband, he will confirm it. For some reason I picked three careers that have to be the most inconsistent.… READ THE REST
I received a short message in my inbox last weekend and I can’t get it out of my head. The message read, “I wish I looked like you…”
I waited days to respond because I didn’t know how. What do you say to that?… READ THE REST
When everyone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up it was an exciting question to explore. “The sky is the limit,” my teacher used to say. Well…. If that was the case I wanted to be a singer and “sing for Jesus.” Unfortunately Jesus didn’t give me the vocal cords so that didn’t happen.… READ THE REST