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}

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}

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}