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}

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}

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}

Rest, zone out, or create at will {Notes from the Kind Side}

I keep seeing urges to make the most of our time at home. Learn something new! Make something! The call is to do something with our time. I feel the urge, but also this is just hard. Even for our family. We homeschool. I am a stay-at-home mom (who also writes) and my husband works … Continue reading Rest, zone out, or create at will {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}

Overachieving is not a prerequisite to anything {Notes from the Kind Side}

You don't actually have to do these things 24/7 to be taken seriously. You don't have to spend every spare second trying to prove to yourself or anyone else that you're committed to doing that thing you're trying to do. It's good to be driven. It's good to be able to motivate yourself if that's … Continue reading Overachieving is not a prerequisite to anything {Notes from the Kind Side}

Here, so mundane {Notes from the Kind Side}

Everyone feels a little bored with their life sometimes. I'd guess it's pretty normal to wish to live in someone else's story for a little while. The choices we aren't privy to can seem glamorous, adventurous, or just enjoyable with no hard consequences or issues. The idea is almost always that someone else's life is … Continue reading Here, so mundane {Notes from the Kind Side}