Here’s how those New Year’s Resolutions are going six months later. Am I still on track?

At the start of this year, I had a new approach to my New Year’s Resolutions, and it didn’t involve some grand plan to turn my life around. I wrote about it at the start of the year—instead of setting a goal like “lose 20 pounds” or “read 25 books,” I set mini goals toContinue reading “Here’s how those New Year’s Resolutions are going six months later. Am I still on track?”

Pre-teen frenemies, heartaches, and puberty: Everything I’m learning to survive middle school again

When my 5th grade daughter went back to school in-person in February, she was ecstatic to tell me about a new friend she’d made. Very quickly they were passing notes in class, FaceTiming on the weekends, and asking to hang out. We even took her with us to a long weekend at the beach. Honestly,Continue reading “Pre-teen frenemies, heartaches, and puberty: Everything I’m learning to survive middle school again”

The things you need to make getting divorced happen now—even when you’re too drained to do it

You never thought you’d be here. Well, maybe you did. There’s an internet statistic floating around that says 80% knew on our wedding day that we were making a mistake. Too bad for us now though! So what can you do to make this complicated and scary process go just a bit smoother? First, makeContinue reading “The things you need to make getting divorced happen now—even when you’re too drained to do it”

Our surprise road trip from Virginia to Orlando

For Spring Break this year, I did something I swore I would never do—I went to a major theme park for the week. It was an impulse purchase a few months ago because the deal was too good to pass up, and I paid an extra $100 a person for “cancel for any reason” insurance,Continue reading “Our surprise road trip from Virginia to Orlando”

Planning a family road trip to Florida

Last Thanksgiving, I had a big Disney trip planned for our family. I love going down there immediately after that holiday and before the hustle and bustle of Christmas. I always find the crowds to be super light, and the weather is still a pleasing 70-something, compared to the 30s and 40s we’re starting toContinue reading “Planning a family road trip to Florida”

21st century COVID-friendly playdates

I have at least two (or twelve) moments a day where I feel sad or frustrated about the upheaval COVID has had to our lives over the last 12 months. And then I look to my son, who has his best friends across the street. They have barely skipped a beat. Once we started outdoorContinue reading “21st century COVID-friendly playdates”

A love letter to the brokenhearted mama

Dear Newly Single Mama, It’s Valentine’s Day, and maybe it’s the first one where you’ve been on your own in a really long time. No one is buying you flowers. No chocolate covered strawberries or box of mystery chocolates. No card expressing adoration for you. Sorry to be that buzzkill. Was your ex really goodContinue reading “A love letter to the brokenhearted mama”

New Year Resolution Check In

We’re just over 3 weeks into 2021. How’s it going for you? Did you make any resolutions or set any goals that are still kicking? I sure hope so! The odds are in your favor if you can make it even 30 days. A few weeks ago, I shared my plan for goal setting thisContinue reading “New Year Resolution Check In”

Sustainable Goal Setting for the New Year

It’s a week into 2021! I know some people talked about canceling their free trial and giving up on the year already, but what a waste that would be! We’ve got an entire year ahead of us to dream and drive things forward. In some years in the past, I’ve set resolutions. In others, I’veContinue reading “Sustainable Goal Setting for the New Year”

Reflecting 5 years later: Supporting young kids with an alcoholic parent

Last month marked five years since my ex-husband passed away from his alcoholism at the age of 36, only 2 months after our divorce was finalized and our kids were 2 and barely 5.  Shortly before he died, I was really starting to feel healed on a personal level. I was able to handle theContinue reading “Reflecting 5 years later: Supporting young kids with an alcoholic parent”