Waiting vs Growing {Notes from the Kind Side}

I don't know about you, but I've been struggling to get things done. I've felt the responsibility to write, but I've had none of the words. I've felt the necessity of exercise, but little of the energy to do so. I've been dragging myself from one news source to another and filling the cracks with … Continue reading Waiting vs Growing {Notes from the Kind Side}

Let’s not panic, but it’s ok to feel afraid {The Kind Side}

The world has changed a lot in the last few weeks, our country has changed a lot last week, and most of lives will change this morning as more things are canceled and more Covid-19 guidelines are set in place. But aside from logistics, health, and numbers, I'm worried about the way we're responding as … Continue reading Let’s not panic, but it’s ok to feel afraid {The Kind Side}

the string-cheese life {inspirational scheduling with kids}

I’m a little like Anne Shirley. I love the idea of a new day with “no mistakes in it yet.” I love mornings, mondays and new years. Any chance for a new start, new goals, or a new schedule feels like a refreshed take on life with more hope and possibility.  But the idea of 'no mistakes' … Continue reading the string-cheese life {inspirational scheduling with kids}

You in ALL Your Weirdness {What Makes a Person Whole?}

Yesterday I found myself leaning on the counter with my head in my hands taking concentrated breaths, completely overwhelmed by just one more thing. It was rough day. Some days are just like that. It wasn’t particularly different than any other day. It was just another day of requests for food five minutes after meals, … Continue reading You in ALL Your Weirdness {What Makes a Person Whole?}

Listen {Five Minute Friday}

Listen. Listening involves being quiet. But beyond that it involves stilling our own inner dialogue where we prepare what we want to say next or decide what we think about what we're hearing. Listening is sitting in the space of someone else's words. Not just hearing. Not just taking in the auditory signals. It's observing … Continue reading Listen {Five Minute Friday}

Not Your Job {The Kind Side}

It's not your job to appease your inner critic. You can't placate a voice that's never pleased. I find myself trying to live such to avoid the little critical feeling in my head. The way to avoid rethinking all the words you said over lunch with family? Don't say any words at all. The way … Continue reading Not Your Job {The Kind Side}

Maybe I’ll be a Guinea-gator. {Goals, Parenting Style, and Atmospheric Pressure}

I've been busy the last couple days. Some of it is chosen busyness like reading way too much, and finishing crocheting a cardigan. Some was necessity: cleaning the kids rooms (their carpet is going to last longer because we don't get to walk on it right???), cleaning the bathrooms, putting away a mountain of clean … Continue reading Maybe I’ll be a Guinea-gator. {Goals, Parenting Style, and Atmospheric Pressure}

When turning 29 makes you think all the feels.

Something about 29 feels weightier than any of the numbers before it. I know, I know. You can laugh. I know as much as the next person that 29 is still specifically young. I can't be certain why, but it seems like 29 is looking at 30 with lips shut firm, sort of in a … Continue reading When turning 29 makes you think all the feels.