Lessons From the Last ~29 Years
I feel like I was just turning 25, and here I am, turning 29. The last year of my 20's crept up on me quickly. I'm surprised, yet I expected this. Aging is the most predictable occurrence in the world, yet so many of us fight it. I've met so many women (and a few men) who fight age with a vengeance. Lip filler, tummy tucks, Botox, hair dye, thousands upon thousands of dollars spent each year on primping and priming their faces, making sure their bodies look a certain way, and I'm just not sure why they do it. Is it for themselves, or is it for a world that prioritizes youth? I'm not sure about you, but I feel better the older I grow.
I stopped hating my stepchild's biological mother after years of being angry
**This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events that I have experienced firsthand; used with permission. Hate is a strong word. But many of us still use it. I did too. I have used it many times in my role as a stepmother in regard to my stepchild’s biological mother.
All the ‘bad boys’ I dated taught me how to appreciate a good man
**This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events that I have experienced firsthand; used with permission. I’m not a big fan of regret. I usually try to change those kinds of feelings into useful lessons for my life.
Dating a married man didn't bring me happiness but it did teach me some profound lessons
**This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events that I have experienced firsthand; used with permission. When I realized that I was becoming heavily entrenched in a relationship with a married man, I created certain ideas in my head about how being with a married person could be and how it could actually be a positive choice.
Backpacking With Kids: 5 Takeaways From Our 8th Ever Backpacking Endeavor
Things don't always go the way you plan them, especially when you are dealing with kids! We were trying for our first 2-night backpacking trip and our biggest miles in one day on this attempt...we had to alter those plans on our 8th Ever Backpacking Endeavor. Here are 5 things I learned that we can improve on for our next attempt. My hope is to help another parent who wants to take their kids out for a backpacking adventure. Please, learn from our mistakes so you have a fantastically successful endeavor!! :-)
My wedding was more beautiful than my marriage
**This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events that I have experienced firsthand; used with permission. Rustling palm trees. Floral aromas floating on the breeze. A looming pink sunset emerging from the horizon.