10 wonderful and sucky things about summer break

Wednesday was my kid’s last day of school, and I’m not sure if I want to throw a party or go running from the damn house screaming. Seriously, this is the most bipolar time in a mama’s life. We want to high-five ourselves for surviving the last 9 months, all while dreading a summer filled... Read more »

Advice to my bullied daughter, from your previously bullied mom

I spent a majority of my childhood being bullied. I was the less-than-attractive kid that was socially awkward and painfully shy. I physically didn’t develop until much later than my friends. I was involved in band, drama club and choir. I chose to dress in what was considered “new wave” at the time. At home,... Read more »

To cream, or not to cream: that is the question

Dearly beloved, I’m a bit late to join the bandwagon, but I prefer it that way. I’d much rather consider it being fashionably late to the afterparty. Last week we lost Prince, which made me feel so many feels that I couldn’t form words into a cohesive sentence to describe how this affected my life.... Read more »
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The art of being your own best friend

The other day, I did something I haven’t done in a long time. I took myself out to lunch.  Just me, bellied up at the bar, enjoying a chopped salad and a glass of wine. Left alone with my own thoughts. Relishing the silence of solitude. For that small moment, I didn’t have to be... Read more »

Mental constipation and the possibility to influence others

I haven’t written in over a month, and trust me, I feel it. For a writer not to be inspired to write is the worst thing ever. I consider it a form of mental constipation. It’s not for a lack of inspiration, but I think quite the opposite. I’ve had so much happen in the... Read more »

On the eve of my 45th birthday, a note to my younger self

Next Saturday, I will be turning 45. There, I said it! It’s officially out there and there’s not a damn thing I can do about it. When I turned 39, all I could think about was “holy crap, I’m almost 40!” The sheer premise of that sentence would make me cringe with disbelief, suffer bouts... Read more »

The brilliant beauty of Karma

KAHR-ma) noun 1. In the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain religions, a person’s action (bad or good) that determines his or her destiny. 2. Destiny; fate. 3. An aura or atmosphere generated by someone or something   I grew up being told to ‘be nice, treat others with respect, and do onto others….’ all the usual’s... Read more »

Hot Mess, table of 1

It’s funny how that genetic blessing all us girls own called Hormones tends to overtake ever aspect of our lives. Not funny “haha”, but more like funny “are you seriously kidding me?!” It starts early in life, around 9 or 10. Then comes the boobs and the hips and the zits…next thing you know your... Read more »

My top ten rules for 2016

*Try not to give so many fucks. Rather than entertain other people’s debauchery, bite my tongue and move on. To argue with others is as valuable as banging my head against a brick wall.   *Focus on taking care of myself and my immediate family and friends more than catering to others. People are like... Read more »

11 months of retrospect: My favorite blogs of 2015

This year, I decided to send out 2015 by doing something different. Usually, when I write something and put it out there, I never look back. I’m very conscious of every piece I publish and have zero regrets. However, for the first time ever, I actually allowed myself to take a look at my previous... Read more »