“When someone gets on the roller coaster to big emotions, you can choose to stay on the platform and wait for them to get back.” “Just because you have a clown in your life doesn’t mean you have to buy a ticket to the circus.” I heard both of these ideas in different places, but […]Read More Stop The Ride. I Want To Get Off.
Today is my 32nd birthday. What a strange, controversial age. People have a lot of opinions about what someone in her 30s is or isn’t, what she is allowed to have and what she can never have. Depending on who you ask, 30-somethings are ancient or young. It’s no big deal, or the biggest deal […]Read More Things I’d Tell My 31 Younger Selves
2018 has been chock full of all sorts of changes. Many of these have been lifestyle changes. With my doctors’ blessing, I started to drive a little again. I gave up caffeine and alcohol. I started to eat better, both in content and portion size. I became a regular gym-goer, and I did a little […]Read More Reunions
When I was in high school, I signed up to volunteer at a local hospital during the summer. My parents hoped it would bulk up my college applications in the hopes of helping myself. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it, but either way I started getting dropped off in front of the hospital […]Read More Volunteering At The Hospital
For my 12th birthday, my mother threw a big party for me. We chose a 1950s sock hop theme, and she invited homeschooled girls we knew as well as a few girls from the Sunday School I was going to at the time. The home video my father filmed at the party is probably the […]Read More Natalie & My Twelfth Birthday