getting braver every day

Today felt like a major low. No energy despite two cups of regular coffee and a double shot latte as well as caffeinated black tea (all before 1 pm). I woke up feeling the effects of the Midol PM I took to get myself to sleep. I had slept nearly 10 hours but it felt like I needed 4 more. …

day 10 big stuff

Day 10 has me blogging food pictures and drink recipes. My apologies, I am not apologizing. I’m feeling myself right now, honestly. I’m feeling my presence and the way I can change my home and my life by making little shifts. Moving the furniture in the living room is my go to for a mood shift. My friends joke that …

breakfast burrito goals

Tortilla of choice Greens (mixed arugula and spinach pictured) Havarti Cheese (1 slice) Smear pesto (homemade or store bought) Two fried eggs (fried in coconut oil is the way to go) Fresh avocado Cholula hot sauce generously Wrap it up and devour.

margaritas by the pitcher

The other day we made a pitcher of Margaritas, and we nailed it honestly. I also injured my wrist juicing the limes – it was worth it. 8oz tequila 8oz fresh lime juice (aka 8ish small limes or 5/6 larger limes) 2oz fresh orange juice 2oz fresh grapefruit juice 3 TBSP agave Mix thoroughly with a spoon, then pour over …

Mother’s Day 2020

It’s Sunday and it’s Mother’s day. Like most holidays, this one is loaded. It’s funny how that works. Holidays, while fun and novel, carry emotions that feel more stark than other days. My 3 siblings and our spouses sat together via Zoom today to honor our mom. We fought the discomfort of cheesy, mushy feels to share how we appreciate …

day 5 maybes

I left tiktok on my phone thinking it was no big deal and certainly not as much of a distraction/hole as my main addictive apps. I think I left it on telling myself that it was good to have an outlet for laughter, because some of the videos on there are so fricken funny. I will laugh til I cry …

day 4 my senses are uncomfortable

Gabe and I have been in a relationship for nearly 13 years. We have never spent so much consecutive time together as we have the last 8 weeks of the stay at home order. I’ve seen memes and tiktoks of wives joking about burying their husbands in the garden by the end of this quarantine. I laugh, but that’s not …

day 3 I’m tasting freedom

It’s been quieter in my head the last two days. Less clamor and less chaos. Not in my home, the kids have been on a rollicking roll of noise and messes, but in my mind. It’s been still(er). I deleted the two apps I click to dozens if not hundreds of times in a day. Facebook and Instagram. I de-cluttered …

Joy is here.

This is my third morning of waking up to coffee on my bedside table thanks to Gabe, who often takes the early morning stretch with our kids. It is also my third morning of taking said coffee and walking out the sliding doors that connect our master bedroom to our deck. It’s been chilly (35 degrees) but the sun has …

Book Review: Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire

My voice feels very small in comparison to the many voices of women (and a handful of men!) who are sharing the impact and quality of this book that was officially released two days ago. Jen has praise from many respectable authors and voices. Me? I’m just a 27 year old Minnesota gal who loves words and loves stories and …

I’m Back To Say The Things

It is April 2020. It’s been months since I last posted a real blog post. While I could list out the practical reasons for this such as lack of time, energy being expended elsewhere, or two busy toddlers (aka the lack of time and the energy sucking) etc… I know the main reason is not the list. I need writing …

Toddler Perfectionist

For 37 weeks I carried her in my body and for 3 and a half years I have been with her everyday watching her learn and grow and play and become… and even though I have been along for the entire ride, and yet I am still surprised around every turn. I have heard lots of things about parenting toddlers. …

Monday Mood

I am hoping to get in a writing rhythm. I’m going to focus on different topics on different days of the week. I hope to dive into the daily grind of motherhood, this current season of transition, food I’m loving, healthy lifestyle shifts that are keeping me going, and whatever else comes to my mind. Today though – I’m literally …

Moving

I had meant to blog about the chaos that was May into June, but it turns out today’s writing session was meant to be on the beauty of my today, not the chaos of my yesterday.

Resolve To Set Fluid Goals

Let’s dig into those resolutions you made or didn’t make leading up to January 1st. I think today is the perfect day for it – January 11th. Halfway through the second week of 2019! Whether you are on the resolution bandwagon or not, you have thought about the trend we see every new year. You have probably done it in …

Without Words

Wordless. The days are long. The thoughts are many. The intentions are good. The resolutions are present. The goals are written. Yet, I sit worldless. Not speechless… Just… without words. More specifically, without the right words. More specifically still, without the WRITE words.   It’s a strange thing to view oneself as a writer, and to be wordless.   To …

Permission Slips

Give yourself permission to pursue passion and permission to pause passion depending on the situation.

Power of Impact

The other morning, I wasn’t paying attention and I backed our new van into our Honda. The impact caused minimal damage. A couple scratches on the back of the van. A small scratch on the license plate of the Honda. Though the impact was small, it was still frustrating. I immediately found myself thinking about how avoidable it was. Just …

Freedom. What a beautiful thing.

I’ve been thinking and talking a lot about goal setting and dreaming lately. As I embark on new endeavors, ones that even just a year ago I wouldn’t have thought could be a reality, I am really taken with the concept of freedom. Freedom to try new things, fail at times, and go back to things done in the past …

3 Ways To Fight Discouragement

dis·cour·age·ment: – a loss of confidence or enthusiasm; dispiritedness. – an attempt to prevent something by showing disapproval or creating difficulties; deterrent. All too often I find myself discouraged. Usually, it is when I should be feeling most confident, excited, or courageous. Discouragement is a strange side effect that comes from outside opinions. In general, it is a result of …

What I want you to know about “Pushing Into Joy”

I’m trying to formulate words for this post and it is feeling near impossible to start. I have so much I want to express. Gratitude, overwhelm, praise, relief, excitement… just to name a few of my emotions currently. The pre-order for Pushing Into Joy is officially done. In three weeks, I hit what I thought would be the total number …

New Season, New Set Up

We have entered – or should I say dove head first – into a season of pursuing the dreams in our hearts and actively choosing brave trust over nagging fear. It has been highly rewarding, but also incredibly scary. I have blogged before about my tendency to jump into things quickly . I go all in when I feel a whim …

Balance Is Hard

I have always had horrible balance. Even with both feet planted I manage to lose my balance quite frequently. Like full on, “I’ve fallen over and I can’t get up” lose my balance. I am also the person who regularly trips up the stairs, but that is an analogy for a different blog post. In my favorite workout program from …

Embracing Me & You

I feel the need to begin this post with a heartfelt thank you to the people who have figured me out and learned how to walk through life with me. You know who you are. I’m a challenging individual. I come across as confident, but I am incredibly insecure. I enjoy change, but making decisions is hard for me. I …

Learning Gracefully

On Mother’s day, I had so many pictures I wanted to share but I struggled with the words to go with them. I talked briefly about this on my Instagram account. Motherhood challenges my ability to write and speak eloquently. It isn’t that I don’t have anything to say, it’s generally a result of trying to be more careful, more …

Take care of yourself, you’re worth it.

There is no shortage of advice on physical fitness. There are accounts devoted to specific programs and showing the progress photos of individuals of various body types and lifestyles. We are bombarded with it – whether we want to be or not. I used to fall in with the people who are constantly irritated with this kind of posting. Even …

I Believe In Possibility.

I believe in possibility. Defined by Merriam-Webster: Possibility- one’s utmost power, capacity, or ability Possibility- potential or prospective value Possibility- something that is possible I believe in it for my students. I believe in it for my babies. I believe in it for my family. I believe in it for my friends. I believe in it for strangers. I believe …

Millennial Thinking – A Poem For My Generation

What a time to be living in. We’re all just trying to be heard and seen and known. With stages at our fingertips, and canvases of every shape and size, we illustrate and orchestrate all sorts of grand and small designs. I jump and shout and wave my arms, begging for applause. Once my muscles tire and lungs burn out, …

Real talk with an Enneagram 2w3

I have been digging hard into the Enneagram profiling process. I’ve become fairly well versed in it as I have read and researched. My goal is, as it should be, to grow myself by learning my own type and the way I interact with others. Here is a link to a test you can take as well as a link to …

I Feel Pretty

“It’s true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” – Margaret Wolfe Hungerford Before I write this post, let me help you make a good life choice: go grab a girlfriend, your wallet, and an outfit you love. Hop in your car and drive to a theater that is playing “I Feel Pretty”, the latest Amy Schumer movie. …

Diving In

I am not a person who goes into things partially. If it sounds like a good idea, I tend to dive in wholeheartedly, fully, without restraint. Heart, body, mind invested – I plunge. You can imagine that often I am met with disappointment, and even sometimes regret. I’m learning which of my whims to follow and which to put more …

He is bigger than my wonderings and wanderings

I had a wow moment this morning. A moment of pure and simple revelation. The concept that I received wasn’t  necessarily new, or novel. But it was good. Good for my soul. Good for my outlook on my day. Good for my trying desperately to look into the future. Sunrises are amazing. They have always been a source of great peace …

The Knowing

Morning light shifts to afternoon, golden glow turned to starker white Books are strewn around the couch, journals open with words scrawled along the pages Hearts are both healing and aching, what we know takes deeper root Colors highlight the words that jumped off pages, proof that we are listening, learning, growing Tears threaten to make their way down, a stream …