I looked in the mirror and said, "One of us is lying to the other"

Today, I looked in the mirror and thought; "One of us is lying to the other". This girl in the mirror and I do not always get along. What I call laugh lines, she calls wrinkles. What I call curves, she calls fat....more

From The Pages Of My Writing Journal

This is basically a post on personal reflections. As I wind down from a hellish week of work to sort of relax my mind and reconnect with my first love...Writing....more

Spanx? No thanks.

So this week I'm making my Hoopnotica Instructer training video, and after seeing myself in a test of said video, I nearly cried. I'm not thrilled with my body, but on most days I take it in stride. I work out and eat better and have lost some pounds since beginning hooping. Still, nothing could have prepared me for that video. It was at the point where I honestly felt like my respect for Husband had decreased, because he married me (and I was like 15 pounds heavier then!). But I got over it and headed out to buy some Spanx. Yes, that dreaded undergarment....more

"Effortless Perfection" from the Duke University Chronicle

 I didn’t write this post that you’re about to read.  This column was submitted to the Duke Chronicle in 2003.  My daughter just sent it to me and I read it and I firmly believe that this is as true today as it was 8 years ago.  To me, this is a typical college girl and although a Duke University student wrote it; I feel this is indicative of how many girls in schools all over the United States feel....more

How Do I Love Me Let Me Count The Ways.

I am Chasing Joy, looking for a rainbow, focusing on the bright side of life, seeking happiness. Part of all this is truly loving one’s self. So the challenge is to list as many things as you can that you love about yourself....more

Devil’s workshop going out of Business…. Everything Inspired by Negativity Must go!!!) Part 2

It’s been a few weeks since the big sale (See Devil’s workshop going out of Business…....more

Exposing Yourself with Words

More than that: exposing truth (my truth, which is not to be confused with something as trite and easily manipulated as fact) is the only way to breathe life and hope into me; into the dark places created by a lifetime of shame, regret, anxiety, and depression. I started with a belief that truth is a larger virtue than privacy; that secrets are more dangerous than vulnerability. ...more

Blingy Club Mommies

When my first daughter was born I was eager to know all the information a Mommy would need, I scoured the Internet for months preparing myself for illness, developmental milestones, the newest learning toys and anything that I could add to my arsenal of Mommy hood to prepare myself and my Darling Daughter. Fast forward 7 years, add another child and the challenges of life and here I am....more

The Anchor Holds

One of my all time favorite Christian songs is The Anchor Holds. I remember hearing it sung in churches and at revivals while growing up, and it’s always been a hymn that I clung to in times of trial and tribulation. It is such a beautiful reminder that Christ is our rock, our solid foundation, and our stronghold during the times that we need him most....more

Hi there, I have hopped over from Debra's Daily Dialogue and can sincerely relate to your ...more

Donating My Hair: What Have I Done?

I’m an expert at going against the flow. I will not be one of them. Every other girl at my high school has long, straightened hair. When they walk by, you can smell the crispy, burnt ends. Sort of like a campfire. Not really. Campfires smell good. ...more

I love the honesty and the way your words described that moment. I felt as if I was lying on ...more