January 9, 2018

I think, for the most part, we all have black sheep moments; moments where we are the lone wolf in the crowd, the only one of our kind, different and maybe unique but maybe out of place at the same time: every eyeball pointed directly at us. 

Recently, I was the only woman in a room full of contractors. All men. I'm ashamed to say that I started off the meeting with this thought: "oh my god, I'm the only girl in here." And thus began my quick downward spiral in self-confidence that could have eas...

December 10, 2017

(explanation of this wonky photo if ya keep reading) 

It seems like every few days I bump into someone who wants to talk about the way social media is ruining our lives, making us play the comparison game and live habitually dissatisfied. I find it really interesting that these conversations keep happening, with different people at different times and it concerns me a bit, but has also gotten me thinking. 

Instagram is the hottest and fastest growing app on the market (and has been since its found...

November 14, 2017

Hey Mom, 

It always surprises me the twinge of sadness that creeps up on this day. The sudden, sneaky sense of loss and loneliness that makes me remember that this day was once your day and now it's just a date on the calendar. 

You would have been 45 today. 45. That blows my mind. It also reminds me how young you were; a young mom, young nurse, young homeowner, young survivor. So, so young. 

There are a handful of memories I have of you that are so vivid they feel like the...

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