The Cactus Flower

Getting our taxes done used to be my least favorite thing until I discovered buying a house. What was supposed to be a fairly straightforward process turned into a stressful nightmare that I couldn’t wake up from. It’s certainly not life threatening, but it’s not nothing either. When all of your belongings are packed into … Continue reading The Cactus Flower

The Sacred Art of Self-Care

Hellllloooo? Is anyone out there? I've been away for so long that I hope you all haven't forgotten me. We are finally in our new house and I plan to start posting again soon. In the meantime, I'm honored to be a part of Kelsey Munger's thought provoking series on self-care with a piece that … Continue reading The Sacred Art of Self-Care

Trigger Points Anthology, The Parenting Book that Breaks the Silence

When I come across a picture of myself as a child, I fight against what I see. I see her smiling face but most of the time, I don’t remember being her. In my childhood memories, I’m not really a child at all but something other. I’ve been in recovery for awhile now and I … Continue reading Trigger Points Anthology, The Parenting Book that Breaks the Silence

What Happens Next (and an update of sorts to My Hard Truth)

I’ve spent the last year learning what it means to trust myself in dark places. I don’t mean darkness in the sense of depression or danger. More like learning to feel my way through the dark without automatically reaching over to turn on a light and asking myself what I need to learn in this … Continue reading What Happens Next (and an update of sorts to My Hard Truth)

The Heart in the Darkness

I’ve been angry since my sister died last September. And sad, of course. Confused. Broken open in new places (as if I needed more breaking...see, there’s that anger). Right after she died, there were signs everywhere. I felt her presence. I could hear her voice say, “Karen…”. To me, it was the way you call … Continue reading The Heart in the Darkness

Being Here

There’s a line I read in a Liane Moriarty book where the character is looking around a cafe and thinking, If only I were here, which is odd because she actually is there. It’s a feeling I instantly related to because I’ve often had a sense of being disconnected, as if I’m observing my life … Continue reading Being Here

Transformation, Self-Compassion and a Little Bit of Hogwash

I woke up January 1, 2015 with no anxiety about anything. I'm serious. I have never started a new year without anxiety. When it wasn’t financial anxiety, it was career anxiety. When it wasn’t career anxiety, it was relationship or family anxiety. There has always been something to be worried about. On this New Year’s … Continue reading Transformation, Self-Compassion and a Little Bit of Hogwash

Some Reasons to be Thankful

My favorite time of year is in between Thanksgiving and Christmas. There’s something about Thanksgiving being over and the anticipation of Christmas that makes me want to take stock in what I have to be thankful for. These are just a few: My grandma. I always said I never wanted to have kids but when … Continue reading Some Reasons to be Thankful

Odds and Ends

Blog? What’s a blog? Oh yeah, that thing that used to call to me like a longing lover at least once a week. Sorry honey, I just haven’t been feeling it. My little guy turned 6 and we had our first parent/teacher conference. He’s totally rocking kindergarten. My heart dropped a little when his teacher … Continue reading Odds and Ends