Believing in Love After Heartbreak

I combed my wet hair as thoughts of my friend’s divorce filled my head. I felt that familiar tug in my chest – a deep empathetic sadness – one perhaps only someone who has walked in those shoes can feel so richly. As the voice in my head wondered, “When will they go public and how will…

Every Day, Adventure: Kansas City

“Whether our cities are physically bad or physically good is our responsibility” — J. C. Nichols (developer, Country Club Plaza, est. 1929) “To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” — Danny Kaye Wasn’t hard to develop a big ol’ travel crush on Kansas City in just a weekend. Barbecue, storms, champagne, romance, shopping – a little…

Thanks + Top Advice from Team Get Real

Happy Thanksgiving! In counting my blessings this year, in addition to family and friends and servant hearts, I’m so thankful for the great advice and quotes I got all year from Team Get Real (counselors, friends, wise famous people). If you are in a place where you are seeking clarity or simply trying to expand…

Get Happy Week 4: Fire in the Belly

I don’t know what it’s like to be a man, but in writing from a male perspective in my current work-in-progress, I’ve thought a lot about it, interviewed a lot of vets and have tried to immerse myself in the world of Jake, my twenty-two-year-old Iraq war vet amputee who is back home in a…

Get Real: Finding Flow and Navigating Transformation

In today’s final mediation in the Finding Flow series, Deepak said, “beautiful truths that lie dormant are not enough.” If you REALIZE something but do not ACTIVATE it into the world, then we are not taking the crucial step necessary to being true to who we are.  I radiate light. That was today’s centering thought, but…

Get Real: My Top 5 Parenting Fails

Out of all the weeks I’m “getting real” about this year, this one might be the hardest. Why? BECAUSE PARENTING IS THE HARDEST JOB IN THE WORLD. I know we all know that, but because we don’t get a degree for it and *some* of us didn’t take family and consumer sciences in high school,…

Bridesmaids and the One Year Anniversary of Something New

Today I’m kicking off a bridesmaids blog hop with some very cool writers whom I’d be happy to have in my wedding party. We’re doing the hop in celebration of the one year anniversary of Dani Stone’s NEXT LEFT and my SOMETHING NEW, which both feature a bridesmaid theme. Before Thanksgiving, we’re giving away a…

Hope Floats Storygrams

In doing the True-Do Track over on my Facebook page, which began in January with a month of journaling prompts, I’ve realized a few things already, including that I’m going to have MORE FUN with books and work this year. I felt like 2012 was all to-do list which is partly what inspired my True Do…