Take a stand – it’s ok to upset people {The Kind Side}

Sometimes in our lives we feel like we can't do things because we might upset someone. We know the boundaries, the rules, the expectations, and the acceptable compromises in our social circles. But sometimes something happens and our thinking changes. We're in the same groups, but the logic doesn't work anymore. The shortcomings, pitfalls, and … Continue reading Take a stand – it’s ok to upset people {The Kind Side}

More practical for now {The Kind Side}

Earlier this year I set a goal to get up before the kids. Quiet space in the dark is what I needed and it worked for a while. But then it stopped working and lately I've realized that starting my day of having slept through my first goal is undermining my day a bit. So, … Continue reading More practical for now {The Kind Side}

Is Hope*Writers Worth It? {my top five reasons}

Hi from my wild eyes to yours! Thankfully, it's Friday. Not that that really makes a difference anymore. :D Hope*Writers is a choose-your-own-adventure, year-round, at-home writers conference with no extra costs for airfare, hotels, food, childcare, car rentals, etc. It might not seem like it from the outside but Hope*Writers is a great alternative and … Continue reading Is Hope*Writers Worth It? {my top five reasons}

All the small disappointments {Notes from the Kind Side}

Sometimes what makes you sad can feel a little bit ridiculous in the grand scheme of things. A few days ago I heard that our church was canceling the annual soccer camp. The kids were looking forward to spending mornings playing soccer with friends, and I was looking forward to maybe volunteering (because I do … Continue reading All the small disappointments {Notes from the Kind Side}

Stuck-at-Home with Kids – What’s Working {Whole}listical (5.1.20)

There's a big difference between choosing to be home and getting stuck there more than you'd like. Here are a few things I've been turning to when we need a distraction, some direction, more room, or just a little bit of fun. On any given day there are many things that just don't work. Here … Continue reading Stuck-at-Home with Kids – What’s Working {Whole}listical (5.1.20)

You are allowed to stop being angry {Notes from the Kind Side}

I wish I could make it so everyone agreed. Don't we all? I know it's not my job to convince everyone of my point of view or to reconcile all the points of view in some magical way. And very often it's hard for me to allow goodness on the other side of things. It's … Continue reading You are allowed to stop being angry {Notes from the Kind Side}

{Whole}listical (4.23.20)

I'm a little tired of being thoughtful and knee-deep in everyone's opinions, sources, controversy, and blah. I could to switch to something more solid like a book, but sometimes I just don't have the energy or it doesn't feel relevant. Here are five things helping me to think about, giving me peace in, and adding … Continue reading {Whole}listical (4.23.20)

The Not-knowing {Notes from the Kind Side}

"Why is Coronavirus ruining my life?" My eight year old put it very succinctly. I could have told him about why we're staying home, or how stuff just happens sometimes, or that how we can learn to be here together a little better. But I didn't. For better or for worse, I let his question … Continue reading The Not-knowing {Notes from the Kind Side}