Spontaneity, Self-Care, and Snow

I love exploring and seeing something new. I love the anticipation of looking forward to something. I’m quick to make plans, I often come-up with an idea and run out the door to make it happen “right now”, and I crave experiences that add value and create variety in my life. I discovered during aContinue reading “Spontaneity, Self-Care, and Snow”

Turtles and Ducks

Once a week I take myself on a photo adventure. The location and subject-matter aren’t really the point of this activity being one of my trackable goals for the first quarter of 2021. . . it’s about creativity, seeing space and light through the lens, and getting lost in myself, exploration, and my art. WhileContinue reading “Turtles and Ducks”

Cactus in the Rain

I love when it rains in the desert. There’s something extra special about water in a space that’s always dry. While I’m not physically thirsty for the sky the open-up like the plants and animals, I feel excitement, appreciation, and celebration when it rains. I make a big deal out of it with my childrenContinue reading “Cactus in the Rain”

Ducks, Strangers, and a Truck

I’ve been chasing light and seeing the world as framed moments for as long as I can remember. With a camera in my hand something special always happens; it’s like magic right in front of my eyes and in my heart. Exploring and creating brings something to life inside of me that makes me feelContinue reading “Ducks, Strangers, and a Truck”

Intentionally Thoughtful Parenting

I have a fun home. There’s lots of loud music, dance parties, picnics on the living room floor, meals as a family, lively and opinionated discussions, art projects, laughter, meditation, singing, and toys all over the place. My kids are often only partially dressed, the kitchen is almost always some version of a mess becauseContinue reading “Intentionally Thoughtful Parenting”

A New Affirmation

There are times when my heart aches and I question why I’ve had to go through so much hardship. Once I’m far enough past a difficult event I’m often able to identify blessings, recognize growth in myself, and sometimes even be thankful for the ways life has changed for the better because of the hardship.Continue reading “A New Affirmation”

Why I Write

There’s an honest conversation about the struggles we all face that is missing or masked over by the way we present ourselves to others. Because only the best version of our lives gets publicly shared or discussed in most conversations, culturally we’ve created a new standard for “normal” that’s heavily filtered, posed, and always perfect,Continue reading “Why I Write”

Time To Start Shining

My life has been exceptionally difficult lately for reasons that many can relate to: isolation and loneliness as a result of quarantine, homeschooling and children home more often than before, heaviness that comes with living in a pandemic, job loss and navigating life for multiple months on unemployment, never-ending changes to routine, schedule, and householdContinue reading “Time To Start Shining”

Scared To Try Again

The contradiction between my emotions and dreams has halted my progress. I’m stuck and desperate to be freed from this cage, yet lacking the strength necessary to fight. I don’t feel like myself and I don’t like it. We can all say that this year has been tough, but I always look for the upsideContinue reading “Scared To Try Again”

Parenting While Struggling

I can’t keep all my sadness, frustration, unhappiness, and stress a secret from my children. Maybe there are parents who are good at this, but I am an open book. When I’m happy I’m larger than life with enthusiasm, laughter, and excitement; I talk too fast, jump around, and my teenager often tells me toContinue reading “Parenting While Struggling”