Oh, hi…

Remember me?

I’ve been noticeably (maybe?) absent for a few weeks around here. Let me tell you what’s going on:

This time last year, I decided that I wanted to write more. I wanted to share my story in the hopes that I could make a change in others’ lives.

Life in 3 acts

So, I did and it consumed me and I wrote and I wrote and I wrote. Then, I found other writing opportunities presenting themselves to me, so I wrote and I wrote some more. Then, I had another pretty large opportunity presented that I’ve taken on and now I’m up to my eyeballs in story ideas, leads, deadlines and writing. It’s wonderful (and exhausting) and everything that I never knew could happen in just a year’s time.

I feel like I’m juggling several different balls right now–some days they’re all aloft and some days, they’re just not. As a result, this blog has taken the last spot in my line-up of responsibilities. I have some ideas though and will be here off and on…just probably not with the regularity that I used to be.

I’m still active on Instagram so please follow me over there. You can also subscribe to my blog so that you’ll know when I post something.

In the meantime, hang in there because I still have stuff to say…


Life lately

April is a busy month for us. We’re up to our eyeballs in kid activities and busy weekends away. I have a lot going on…what about you?

First things first though:

I wrote an original piece for Red Tricycle about why we discuss our finances with our kids. You can read it HERE. It’s a topic that I feel passionate about because I’ve seen how my kids have embraced being a part of these discussions and how it’s changed their view of money. I’m hopeful that by raising them with an understanding of how money really works, they’ll grow into adults who are good money managers.

I would really love it if you passed the article along if you think it’s relevant to your life.

Next up:

Jack is playing soccer. This is the first time he’s participated in a team sport and it’s really fun to see him out there, doing his best and playing as a team.

And Anna’s art was featured at a district-wide art show.  Her piece is entitled: “Jane Goodall–The Nutcracker.” Originality is her strong suit.

And the birds have decided to call our yard home again this spring, which I love. Because, let’s face it–I need more creatures who are depending on me to feed them in my life.

Speaking of creatures who depend on me…this one has been loving the spring weather here and lounging outside with me. This photo is noteworthy because I took it the day that I eschewed all of my responsibilities for the day to sit outside, read books, listen to podcasts and enjoy my birds. You can see the laundry baskets and laundry piled on the bed in the room behind Angie. It was a rare day of no responsibility for me and I loved every second of it. I highly recommend trying to find a day like that for yourself every now and then if you can.

So, that’s my life lately…tell me about yours.


Reunion Weekend

I spent the weekend with a group of friends that I haven’t seen in years–some of them as long as 17 years, some of them only a few years–but all of them important to me.

These were people that were my “drinking buddies,” so it was a bit odd to be the sober one. Even odder (more odd?) to see them through sober eyes.

The beauty in this weekend is that we all just picked up right where we left off. Everyone looks the same and acts the same (not sure why that part surprises me) and there were times during the weekend that I had to remind myself that I hadn’t teleported back to 2000.

We all left each other today, with teary promises not to let time get the best of us again–not to let 17 more years come and go before we saw one another again. Hard to say if we’ll be true to all of our words, but I know that I have a renewed sense of love and friendship after this weekend. It was balm for my soul.


Life Lately

Do you ever have those days (weeks?) where you lack any and all motivation? Where you’re struggling to find your value in the world? Where you’re moody, crabby and just generally sad? That was me all last week. I wish I could blame it on hormones, but I don’t think that’s what it was. I’d also like to blame it on Seasonal Affective Disorder, but I live in Texas, where’s it’s been in the 80’s and sunny here for awhile. So, I’m not entirely sure what was going on with me, but as a result, I spent much of last week in a funk and didn’t have much inspiration for blog posts.

The good news is that I feel better now. I feel like I’ve turned a corner and the creative juices are flowing again, but until I get fully back on board, I’m leaving a “Life Lately” post for you today, to show you the good things that have been going on in my life.

Most importantly: We had a big birthday in our house over the weekend.

Jack turned 8 on Saturday. He typically likes to go into the nearest big city to us (San Antonio) and stay in the tallest hotel on the Riverwalk and have a weekend away. However, this year he opted instead to go play Laser Tag, go see the Lego Batman movie and then have his friend spend the night. It was a full and fun day and just what Jack wanted.

Before all of that though, was Valentine’s Day week. Since Valentine’s Day was on Tuesday this year, and we had an event to attend at the kids’ school that night, we opted to do a low-key Valentine’s Day dinner at home the weekend prior.

It was nice, quiet and we all got to wear our comfy clothes. Man, how our Valentine’s Days have changed!

Before kids, Valentine’s Day was an excuse to drop a lot of money on a subpar meal at a restaurant, where we would typically be seated finally about an hour and a half after our reservation, only to find that they were out of all of the good stuff on the menu. We’d also drink entirely too much and end up miserable with each other by the time it was all said and done. I wouldn’t trade these days for those for absolutely anything in the world.

I’ll be back on Wednesday with an “On The Wagon Wednesday” post for you and already have some good leads for a Friday Favorites post as well.

Chime in below about how you battle the occasional bout of “The Sads,” like I had last week.