What’s the worst that could happen?

A common approach to dealing with one’s fears and anxiety is to imagine a worst-case scenario. What is the worst thing that could happen if you do X? For some reason this approach doesn’t seem to work on me as I have already imagined not only the worst-case scenario but also the slightly less troublesome... Continue Reading →

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Launch party love

I feel incredibly blessed. Last night was the launch party for Second in Command. Friends, family, and coworkers came out to help celebrate and many others shared their well wishes throughout the day. I even met a few new people who heard about the event and wanted to check out my book. I wanted to... Continue Reading →

Yeah, it was cold, and I’m a little crazy

Friday morning at work, the wind whistling angrily against our office windows, the following conversation took place: Coworker: What are your weekend plans? Me: Oh, I'm going camping. Coworker: ... Me: Yup. Coworker: It's supposed to be really cold this weekend. Are you crazy? Me: (briefly contemplates) Yup. One fateful day, when oldest was in... Continue Reading →

The art of letting go

One of the great contradictions of my personality: I want to be a minimalist, but I have difficulty letting things go. I also struggle to follow through on the ever popular resolution of being more organized. Nevertheless, it's a new year and once again I've committed to paring down and organizing the house. Inspired (as... Continue Reading →

Reflections

December 31, 2018. Tomorrow I will write the annual letter to my future self and set forth goals and intentions for the year to come. Today I reflect on the year behind us -- the good and the bad, accomplishments and setbacks, the things that fueled my soul and the things that made me cry.... Continue Reading →

Mixtapes in the modern age

Back in the 90's I was the queen of mixtapes*. If you were someone I cared about, you had a personalized mixtape, complete with decorated cover. I had have a notebook where I kept track of the songs on each tape. Yes, I still have the notebook. And a box full of mixes I made... Continue Reading →

Hall-uh-ween

Fall is my favorite season, and Halloween my favorite holiday. But this year, I haven't been feeling overly festive. Today is Halloween, and there isn't a single decoration outside. Well, except for the pumpkins, which were carved with limited enthusiasm. We're all feeling a bit un-fallish this year, I guess. Youngest went off to school... Continue Reading →

Weekend retreat

The idea of coming together with other writers -- some friends, some strangers -- for an entire weekend away from the stressful realities of life felt both exhilarating and terrifying. It is something I need: space to think, to read, to write, without distractions and in a place that promised inspiring scenery. At home, I... Continue Reading →

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