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The miracle of friendship.

I’m thinking about friendship today. I don’t have any pretty words on the topic, because when I think about my friends, I am speechless. All I can get out is one of those guttural Anne Lamott prayers – “Wow.” Wow, God. My friends might on my mind more than usual today because I turn 28…
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A Quiet Heart In A Loud Life

This year has been a whirlwind and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop any time soon. A year ago, I was quietly clunking away at the first chapters of my book during Baby G’s nap times, and once a week I’d head up to San Jose for an improv class. Life was, for…
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The Ravaging Tornado of Anxiety

As fall rolls in, I am beginning to feel like myself again. I’m about a month into my routine of therapy and medication. Panic still comes and goes, but not to the crippling level it did before. I am so thankful. What kept my heart racing before? Oh, anything. Mainly death, the future, the past,…
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Getting Help

I’ve taken a break from blogging, as you may have noticed. For the past month, I’ve been confronting my anxiety with counseling, medicine, deep breaths, and radical self-care. I am still writing, just not for the Internet right now. A lot of people are talking about mental health right now in the aftermath of Robin…
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That's Good Enough For Today: Anxiety

Sometimes the anxiety comes and seizes me and I feel so small against it. Something little will trigger it, a worry about the future, a regret of the past, a disappointment in the present – and out of nowhere I’m having to practice Lamaze breathing in the middle of Starbucks. Once it descends, I can’t…
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What I’m Into, March 2014 Edition

After all the intensity on the blog last week, I’m happy to have an excuse to talk about books and flowers today via Leigh Kramer’s “What I’m Into” linkup. What I’ve been reading: I’m faithfully making my way through the dozen books I bought at Powell’s Books in Portland at the beginning of the month.…
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What I’m Into, March 2014 Edition

After all the intensity on the blog last week, I’m happy to have an excuse to talk about books and flowers today via Leigh Kramer’s “What I’m Into” linkup. What I’ve been reading: I’m faithfully making my way through the dozen books I bought at Powell’s Books in Portland at the beginning of the month.…
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Improv(ing) my life: What improv comedy taught me about marriage, motherhood and life, Part I

I am three weeks into an eight week introductory improv course. I’ve been embarrassed to tell people, as if the admission suggests I think I’m really comedic or something. The truth is, I read Tina Fey’s “Bossypants” a few years ago, in which she suggests everyone should take an improv class at some point in…
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I am a Friend Predator

Since becoming a stay-at-home mom, I’ve started to channel a lot of my social life into tiny interactions with strangers. Maybe to an unhealthy degree.  Yesterday, as I was pulling out of the driveway to go to Costco, I saw a woman around my age pushing a double stroller with an infant and a toddler.…
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11 books I'm itching to read this winter (and 2 I already have)

My list isn’t anything original, it’s pieced together from accolades in blogs much better than mine, user reviews on Good Reads, and personal recommendations from friends with good taste.  I tend to go through reading frenzies, where I’ll read 1-2 books a wee… and then remember that television exists and I won’t crack open a…
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