the gift of being expected

the gift of being expected

Today, at 1:48, I stopped designing graphics and answering emails, shut my computer, grabbed my gloves, my keys, threw my coat on and got in my freezing, and I mean freezing lovely Minnesota weather kind of cold, van. I backed out of the driveway still coated with this morning’s early snow, put the van in drive and started on the way to the primary school three minutes behind schedule. The to-do list rolled in my head, Rachel Platten’s Fight Song on the radio and...


the real beauty underneath

the real beauty underneath

I’ve heard this song so many times and loved it. And then I watched the video and the tears fell. Sometimes it feels as if so much of life is wearing that mask and having it all together. And then beauty – it gets distorted and values of worth are attached to self when it’s not about the outside, but us as women. For who we are. Inside. Watch. You’ll be blessed. See? So powerful. Thanks for being real with me. ~Rachel
When I was a kid I couldn’t sleep the night before my birthday. I’d go to bed thinking that it was going to be the best day ever – I’d dream about my presents and friends and just feeling special and awesome. I like to think that I was kind of the queen for the day. Where no one could be mean and I wouldn’t be forgotten. Then I grew up. And became a mom. And today is my birthday. And this is what...


40 Life Truths I Learned Being 40

40 Life Truths I Learned Being 40

That’s me. Messy hair. Minimum makeup. Pre-dinner craze. Thinking about stuff. As usual. I wanted to write a profound post about the first year in this new decade of being 40. I was hoping for words to inspire or to motivate or to make you laugh, but instead found myself sitting at my worn kitchen table thinking about this past year. And what to make for dinner. But really about life. And how life rarely looks the way one imagine their life...


10 Things to Let Go of Today

10 Things to Let Go of Today

In case you’re wondering that picture above is of the over 40 bags of stuff in my subzero garage that are waiting to be either sold or donated. That much stuff, friends.  So much stuff that I thought I needed that kept me trapped in a clean/organize/maintain cycle. There is so much freedom in letting go. But instead of an esoteric article about the mental challenges of letting go of things I thought I’d give you ten specific areas to work through...


how to really say "i love you" in a digitally saturated world

how to really say “i love you” in a digitally saturated world

The other day my son Samuel came in my room, hopped on my bed and hugged me. I love you mommy. And then he popped down, asked for a snack (of course) and then was on his way. Four words. Yet, filled with a ton of love. Sometimes the simplest expressions of love to us can be the most endearing. And honestly, it wasn’t because of the words – it was simply the time that he took...