"You've Changed."

“Look around you. Everything changes. Everything on this earth is in a continuous state of evolving, refining, improving, adapting, enhancing…changing. You were not put on this earth to remain stagnant.” ― Steve Maraboli Not many people can pinpoint an exact day or moment when they feel like they changed.  Change can be gradual and slow and minuscule until one day you wake up and realize: huh, look at that.  I’m kinda different.  When did that happen?...more

I'm In My 20s And I Know I Don't Want Kids

We’re never the same people at the end of a day that we were at the beginning. That’s simply just a fact of life — regardless of how uneventful your day-to-day life may seem, the little lessons and social interactions we have on a daily basis continue to fundamentally change us as people. This is no truer than in the “not a girl, not yet a woman” phase of your early 20s, as you struggle to define yourself as well as your impact on the world around you....more

23 Things I Learned From Girl Scouts

I don’t know if there’s ever been a “thing” that has influenced the woman I am today more than Girl Scouts. In high school, Girl Scouts changed my life. The women and girls I met changed the way I viewed myself and others and I learned that I was stronger than I ever imagined. I believe that Girl Scouts is part of the reason I’m an animal activist, human rights activist, veg head, environmentalist and feminist. I don’t know what I’d be like today without this experience....more

Grace - Finding Purpose In Sad Places

Grace. Living a graceful life.It sounds wonderful, but I've struggled to deeply understand what the word “grace” meant to me, until this morning when I read this quote:“Grace means that all of your mistakes now serve a purpose instead of serving shame.”...more

Scary-Go-Rounds and Old School PE

Some time ago, we unwrapped the many ways I felt blessed to still be alive—despite my parents’ lackluster effort on that front. Yes, they loved us and fed us and didn’t allow us to drink arsenic, but I think we can all agree there was some iffy judgment on their parts when it came to trampolines, nunchucks and furnace safety....more

On Parenting: The Last Day

A few weeks ago I came across an article online referring to the last day - the last day your child falls asleep in your arms, or the last day they need you to help them get dressed. How time is oh so short and you don't know you're in the last day until it's passed. Needless to say - it got my tears flowing. I've already hit "the last day" on a few milestones with the twins, and it breaks my heart....more

Darkest Day of the Year: The Fire

 It was December 21st, in the year 2003. I remember it clear as day....more

Remember Me

 High school was an all right time for me. I'm glad it wasn't the best time of my life like a lot of people say it should be — I mean, I still have the rest of my life to live!...more

What I Want to Be When I Grow Up

As I enjoyed the post yesterday, I thought I might stick with the theme and use the BlogHer prompt for November 3rd: What did you think was the coolest job in the world when you were younger?  Do you still feel that way now? ...more

NaPloBoMo Day 1 - Barbie Dolls and Power Rangers

Daily Prompt taken from BlogHer: What was the one toy that a friend had that you wished you had when you were little? I was not allowed to play with Dolls.My Momma thought they were absurdSo everyday I'd try and stealA look at my neighbor's Barbie's curls.Try growing up with a Mom like mineWho went through hell in the 70sMarching out into the streetsYelling, "Down with the dictatorship!"...more