Over the summer, a friend invited me to come along to a writing workshop. This sounds like a good plan, right? They were a group of writers, and I write things. Matchy-matchy. It became clear pretty quickly, though, that I had not asked enough … [Read more...] about This is What it Means to Belong
You know what’s weird? Life asks us to be brave every single day, even though approximately zero percent of us ever FEEL brave. But you still do the brave things. You have the hard conversations. You teach your kids things you kind of … [Read more...] about When You’re Looking For Everyday Bravery
When I hear people talk about rest, the first thing I think of is not, like, a vacation or a quiet cup of tea. The first thing I think of is sleep. Probably the first sixteen things I think of are sleep. How wrong would it REALLY be to sleep at … [Read more...] about Where Do You Find Rest?
When my daughter Evelyn was smaller, she would go to bed every night for months smelling like summer: like outdoors and sunshine, with a hint of dried peach juice. She was only two, so it wasn’t weird if I buried my nose in her hair as she fell … [Read more...] about If You Want More Wilderness, Just With Less Dirt
You are enough. I believe that: that you are enough, just as you are, just as you were made to be. But I want to be clear about what that means, and what it does not mean. Because “you are enough” does not mean that you have been … [Read more...] about What It Means to Be Enough
Dear sweet child of mine, You know how sometimes we will have a conversation, and I will talk and talk and talk about something? And you'll be thinking, Mom? We already know all of this. You've said all this before. Yup. This is going to be … [Read more...] about What I Want My Kids to Know About Body Image
The word cherries keeps rolling around in my head. Cherries, cherries, cherries. Cherries! They’re such a decadent fruit, not really practical at all. You can hardly enjoy them without staining your fingers, they have those ridiculous pits, and … [Read more...] about 5 Things I’m Loving This Summer
I know better than to compare my one little life to the clearly much easier lives my friends (and various friendly looking strangers) are living. I mean, I know better than to believe they’re all sipping lemonade by a pool and feeling fulfilled … [Read more...] about When You Know Better (But…)
Let’s start with this: Kindness matters. If we weren’t sure about that, we could check the greeting card aisle at Target, or we could read those posters at any elementary school, the ones with oversized letters that say, “Be Kind.” That’s great … [Read more...] about Kindness Matters. For Real.
Humans all start out so charming. No matter what we grow up to be, we all start out as sweet, squishy bundles with big eyes and those tiny, curled-up fingers. Charming. Sometimes I look at the sea of grown-up-people around me and try to … [Read more...] about What I Learned From Anne Lamott, The West Wing, and Some Babies
I might be the only one who feels like this, but… sometimes I feel like everything—all the regular stuff, the getting up and the going through the day and the being a person—I feel like it’s all too much and I don’t want to deal with any of it. … [Read more...] about How to Make Everything Work Again
Does this ever happen to you? Do you ever deal with some of your messy-inside-stuff, only to have it come roaring back in the next stage of your life? Here’s what I mean. You notice some unhealthy pattern in your life—maybe it’s … [Read more...] about You’re Still Enough