2 mass shootings (that drew national attention) within a week. Are we getting back to normal here in the United States? Are mass shootings a sign of normalcy? I'm afraid so. Let me be clear: I'm literally afraid.  While I...
“I’m not just defined but what you see, I’m also defined by what you will never see.” This was a quote from a compelling show I watched on Hulu last night. (In and Of Itself - watch it!) It was...
“I. Just. Can’t.”  “I’m so DONE!” Before last year, I threw those statements around light heartedly or for dramatic effect. Perhaps, one son left half eaten food under his bed. Or maybe a work event, school parent night and unplanned...
I was a junior in high school when "Hit Me Baby One More Time" came out. The guys in my class went nuts for this beautiful young woman dressed in a Catholic school uniform, singing, dancing, and dominating the...
True story: I am an enneagram type two to a tee.. Empathetic, self-sacrificing and…a people pleaser in recovery. And I'm worried I'm raising a people pleaser! Recently, I was talking to my eleven year-old daughter about consequences for some less...
We will forever remember the journey of 2020. When the word “pivot” was overused and creative problem solving became an invaluable skill. So many industries bustled to keep up. Leaders made careful decisions, and communities stepped up to support...
I’ve had my moments over the last few months when I was simply not okay. And that’s okay, because this year has been really, really hard. Taking care of myself has gone out the window.      And with all...
The holiday season is officially here! Even in the insanity of 2020, images of happy, perfectly coiffed families frolicking still dance around the Internet. Every year we are told  what a celebratory family "should be.” Especially with younger kids,...
it insensitive to celebrate the season when someone's recently lost a loved one? Can "Happy Holidays" even exist amidst grief? I suppose it's different for everyone, but based on my own experience, my best advice is to find some middle ground...
“BAH HUMBUG”, she cried out as we discussed the upcoming holiday season. As I hung up the phone with a friend, I thought of a handful of conversations I’d recently had. Three friends of mine are all going through...

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