Year of Living Dangerously

In November 2014, I decided to take a month off from my daily writing practice. Big mistake. The more time that went by without writing, the more difficult it became to write again. By the time I wanted to write again, my life had expanded to fill the space and time I had used to…

The Bionic Writer

NaBloPoMo stands for “National Blog Posting Month.” The goal is to write a blog post every day for the month of November. It’s a tall order for someone who hasn’t been writing, much less blogging, for several months this year.  But, I’ve taken the challenge twice before and it has inspired me to write better,…

We Will Never Meet Again

Ichigo ichie “one meeting, one life” Each moment is unique. It will never happen again. I will never be exactly who I am in this moment. And I think this concept has made it a little harder to return to the keyboard. I get caught up in those moments that I didn’t capture, those perspectives…

Not Zero to Sixty, More Like From Zero to Thirty

I’m at the end of NaBloPoMo: blogging every day for the month of November. The last time I attempted this challenge, I learned about myself as a person, a mother, and a writer. That was November 2011. I thought I was done having children. I had mourned for the child I felt I’d never have…

Through the Garden Gate

I used to think my vision for how my life should be wasn’t happening because I was doing something wrong. If I just tried harder, stopped being distracted by things, and really committed with my entire heart, everything would fall into place.  My family would enjoy more harmony, I could get to the projects I…

On Not Staying Silent

I’m taking a little break from social media to refill my bucket. So, this is a quick (unedited) post about why. I have seriously considered quitting blogging 3 times. The first was when the blog wrote under a pseudonym for years changed direction and we decided to part ways. The second was when I had…

Touched Down

*There is a trigger warning on this post for child abuse, trauma, and suicide ideation. Please be gentle with yourself before deciding to read on. I stopped writing. But before that, I stopped a lot of other things. I stopped going to acupuncture then chiropractic then massage then yoga then meditation. I stopped feeling my…