Stardust

I take a deep, staggered breath to calm the storm within As the world hangs suspended. Photo by Tony Dearwester on Unsplash In quiet moments, I release an angry, burning fire rising from air-filled lungs. My body floats through air Breathing again as I soar out of this place of shadows. Where my outstretched arms burnContinue reading “Stardust”

When It Was My Turn to Help

A reflection on helping my parent in 2020 Photo by CDC on Unsplash You know me better than I know myself. This separation has taken out a part of my heart, a part of me. Thank goodness for the phone and Internet so we can still hear each other’s voice. The first time I tried to walkContinue reading “When It Was My Turn to Help”

For Every Decision, You Have A Choice

Stress isn’t what kills you, it is the way you handle it. Photo by Ismael Paramo on Unsplash When You Let Your Stress Bury You You become so tired and you do so little of what fills you. Day after day, the jolting alarm clock comes way too soon. The bad dream you had extends into the dayContinue reading “For Every Decision, You Have A Choice”

The Birthday Party

A poem about hope for inclusion Photo by Senjuti Kundu on Unsplash I came as a soldier and peacemaker. Fighting a battle on my own But many fight along with me. I came here knowing fully we would stick out Like a wayward boat in the sea. I came here with hope That they’ll see sheContinue reading “The Birthday Party”

Why I Stopped Asking People to Be Kind

And started teaching myself the true meaning of kindness Photo by Dayne Topkin on Unsplash We often call out to the world to be kind. You can find these messages on social media, painted on walls, and on t-shirts. The irony is that sometimes we even raise our voices to each other demanding the other person toContinue reading “Why I Stopped Asking People to Be Kind”

How I Decluttered My Home to Help with My Mental Health

Your clutter problem and stress level are connected. Photo by Lea Böhm on Unsplash I know you’ve felt it too. The overwhelm. Especially in this pandemic. We are not meant to be so much to so many people at one time. We are stressed out and running on empty. When I am in overwhelm mode, myContinue reading “How I Decluttered My Home to Help with My Mental Health”

Teaching Our Children How to Fail

Failure is fundamental on the path to success. Photo by the blowup on Unsplash Fifteen years ago, I remember listening to a radio broadcast talking about the importance of teaching your child how to fail. In fact, the speaker mentioned it was probably the most important thing you could teach your child. What kind of crazy talkContinue reading “Teaching Our Children How to Fail”

Learning About My Forgotten Family History

My quest to find out more about the women who came before me. Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash Shortly after my grandmother’s death in the late 1990s, my mother showed me some fragile and faded photographs of our family ancestors. For me, it was a powerful experience to get a better understanding of where I cameContinue reading “Learning About My Forgotten Family History”

The Nature of Wonder

Why we should start noticing the small things again Photo by Tanner Boriack on Unsplash A hundred amazing things happened to you today even before you finished your first cup of coffee. They were the little things that many of us take for granted because we are so used to their presence. For starters, you woke upContinue reading “The Nature of Wonder”

You Are Worthy in Every Stage of Your Life

There is only one of you in the whole Universe Photo by Suzanne D. Williams on Unsplash We may be perfect strangers, you and I. One thing I know for certain about you is that you are worthy. When you were born, someone celebrated because you came into this world. Someone held your hand and marveled atContinue reading “You Are Worthy in Every Stage of Your Life”