I’ve experienced, learned and gained so much since starting my blogging journey more than a year ago. But one thing that had stood out more than anything is the tribe of women forming around me that seems to be ever-growing. I started this adventure pretty much alone. I didn’t personally know any other bloggers. So, many … Continue reading Why Every Woman Needs A ‘Girl Tribe’
Yesterday my ex-husband (that's a word that'll make you feel old) and I finalized our divorce. It took six months and more expensive trips to Downtown Detroit than I could afford. It was a semi-strange feeling. Signing our divorce decree in the same building where we signed our marriage certificate. Our marriage officially ending just … Continue reading My Divorce Is Final. Now What?
I still remember the phone call. Nearly five years ago. A Monday night. I was sitting on my living room floor watching TV and painting my nails. My phone rang. It was my mom. She nonchalantly asked me if I had heard about my dad..."Big Paul." I told her no. She simply said, "He died." … Continue reading What My Dad’s Death Taught Me About Life
Parenting is hard. And in this landscape of uncertainty, fewer things are harder than becoming a blended family. Mom. Dad. Stepmom. Stepdad. Biological kids. Step kids. Joining two familial units that existed independently for any amount of time is no easy task. Two people with even slightly varying parenting styles and philosophies suddenly have to … Continue reading What Has Changed Since My Blended Family Broke Up
Every Friday as I leave for work, I know that while I’ll see my oldest daughter when I get home from work, I won't see my youngest again until Monday. The is the routine her father and I have unofficially adopted since our recent separation. She spends the week at home – since she has school. … Continue reading How It Feels To Become The “Un-Fun” Parent After Divorce
This weekend I put up my Christmas tree. That means the main window in my house will be obstructed until at least the middle of January. Great. I could honestly do without Christmas trees or other decorations. But I do it because it means a lot to my kids. And I remember how magical and … Continue reading How My Kids Brought Meaning Back To The Holidays
I can't believe it's already August - the Sunday of summer. Pretty soon summer vacation will be over. It's time to get back to a routine. Time to buy backpacks and supplies and uniforms. The end of summer is always bittersweet. My soon-to-be 4th grader loves school and is always excited to go back. But … Continue reading Help! I’m Sending My Youngest Off To Kindergarten.
It's been nearly six months since I began treatment for my anxiety and depression. Around the same time I started this blog to chronicle my experience with mental illness. Here's an update on my mental health journey and the (not so) surprising reaction from my mom when she read my blog. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYnB4lEnnT0
My husband and I spent Memorial Day weekend in Washington, D.C. It was a nice, much-needed getaway. The weather wasn't terrible and we got to see my brother who lives in Virginia. And did I mention we were kid free? This made our trip much simpler than when we all go somewhere. We didn't have … Continue reading Coping With Separation Anxiety While Traveling Without My Kids
There’s no feeling like the adoration of my daughters. To see them get excited about things like dressing like me or wearing their hair similar to mine. My oldest shares my love of writing. And my youngest, my love of art. It’s important to me to set a good example for my daughters and to … Continue reading Why I Don’t Want My Daughters To Be Like Me