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What if My Life is Big Enough?

We’ve all seen it – the “dream big” or “hustle” culture. Going after your goals and your dreams with tenacity. Create the bucket list and cross the items off of it with a ferocity that means by the time you die you’ve “done” something. But what if your life is big enough?

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If my tracker doesn’t track it…did I really work out?

For the past 4-ish years (coincides almost perfectly with the Munchkin being born – more on that later) I’ve been actively trying to disentangle myself from the diet culture crap. And it’s crap. All the research shows that weight BIAS is the problem not the weight itself but diet culture would make you think it’s the weight.

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Lessons from “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse”

The evidence states that it is important to read to your child. If there is one thing you can do to help your child be successful it is read to them every day. Now that doesn’t have to be sitting down and reading books; it can be reading street signs, it can be reading labels, any kind of reading counts as evidenced by the fact that I must read every. single. street sign/billboard because I was a struggling reader so my mom (a special ed teacher) made me practice on roadside signs. It’s taken almost 40 years but now I love to read and make sure to carve out time for it in my day.

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Turning Inward Before Spring

There has been a lot of talk about resting, turning inward, and recharging during this pandemic. As this winter season of hibernating starts coming to a close it’s a perfect time to decide on (or officially plant) seeds you’ve been dwelling on. We are transitioning out of the slumbering and ready to awaken with a new sense of self.

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Trying to Raise a Wild Woman (Without Losing My $***)

I’ve been reading “Women who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype” by Clarissa Pinkola Estés for months.  It’s a wonderful book but it is definitely a book that takes time to read and digest it.  In working to identify and focus on my “wildish” nature I realized that someone, with more qualifications than I have, needs to make a parenting guide for raising children who run with the wolves because as Frederick Douglass said: “it’s easier to build strong children than fix broken men” (although I believe “fixing broken men” is also important it’s not the focus of this writing).  

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“Dear Theodosia” – Parents Never Change

I’m hoping there won’t be any spoilers in this post at this point but if you haven’t seen Hamilton by now then you probably won’t ever see it so you don’t care. Also, since it’s based on historical events (with some creative liberty) there really isn’t much that you couldn’t find out just by searching Alexander Hamilton.

Aaron Burr (sir) acts as a narrator and dramatic foil to Alexander Hamilton’s character throughout the story. There is one particularly touching moment where the war is over and both Burr and Hamilton have become fathers and they sing a beautiful duet called “Dear Theodosia”:

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Dear Theodosia · Leslie Odom Jr. · Lin-Manuel Miranda
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Kite Flying as a Metaphor for Life

The other day the Munchkin and I went kite flying. We rediscovered kite flying during this spring of the pandemic and on windy days she asks if we can go fly her kite. It also helped that for a while “Mary Poppins” was her favorite movie so when we found some cheap kites we decided to do it for ourselves.

Now that the fall winds are starting to blow and the calm warmth of summer is saying good-bye we wanted to enjoy a lazy weekend day and go fly a kite; it would get us out of the house so the Mr. could sleep and enjoy some beautiful fall weather down by the river. We drove to our preferred tree-less windy spot and set up to fly the kite. Up until recently, I hadn’t flown a kite since I was a small child with my own parents so I had some vague, romanticized, nostalgic idea of what kite flying was about but let me tell you what it really is – a good metaphor and practice for life and I feel we should all go back to flying kites a little more often after the experience on this particular fall weekend.

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The Magical Properties of Water

Water is a pretty magical and awesome compound and it’s so important for so many things that our body is made up of 70%-ish water, the planet is covered in it and the compound basically makes it possible for many chemical reactions to take place. Children are enthralled by water; they love splashing in it or blowing bubbles with it and parents love that it tires them out, but why is water so special?

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“Don’t Mind the Mess”

I don’t know about you but if you’re part of any social media that involves women it seems like almost every single photo that gets shared includes some line like “don’t mind the mess…” Sometimes they try to give you a reason for the mess and sometimes they don’t but the shame feeling is strong with this one.

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