Like most kids, mine are very active, so it's inevitable that accident will occur. This is what happened to my son and this is what you should do if it ever happens to your child. A freak accident at...
I have suffered from crippling anxiety most of my life. Thinking back, a lot of my anxiety and fears came from traumatic events in my childhood, and how my community and family responded at that time. During such a...
Picture it: It’s Thursday afternoon, and your kids are watching TV after school. It’s not quite time to get dinner started, so you take the moment of quiet to sit down and read a book. You’ve just gotten comfy and…what...
Connections. That could be my word for the past five years. When I became pregnant with my daughter, I realized that I needed to make some major changes within myself. Until that point, I had always had difficulty maintaining...
When the school where I work sent an email plea asking for "host families" for a group of middle-school-aged Chinese students coming to visit our campus, I felt nervous and hesitant. What will the student think of our always-messy home?  What...
If there's one thing a pregnant belly seems to say to people, it must be "Give me unsolicited advice!" I think we can all agree that it gets old really quickly. Everyone seems to know what is best for...
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Investing in Me

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This feels like such a weird post to write. First of all, I am by no means an expert in this subject. In fact, I’m coming to you as a novice in the matter, really. We all know self-care...
You read that correctly. I found. More hours. In. The. DAY. About five and a half to be exact. I was kind of floored by how I was able to do this. I wasn’t expecting it really, but...here it...
Once upon a time I heard sweet songs on the radio about missing stages of childhood and babies being grown, and I smiled and moved on about my day. Now I hear that song and my eyes immediately fill...
The season of life I am currently in is just OK. It isn’t grand, super exciting, adventurous, or anything of a page-turner each day. It also isn’t dreary, meaningless, unexciting, or a source of never-ending sadness. I’m hanging somewhere...
When the basketball rolled out of bounds, I had to hold my emotions in. This boy who lost the ball was laughing about it and was showing off. The coach laughed along with him and applauded this teammate’s bad...
In 2002 I took a job as a communications coordinator at a nonprofit in Chattanooga. I was 24-years-old and we were childless, so switching jobs was an easy decision followed by a seamless move. On the first day of...

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