Stealing Joy

Dear Friend, A few weekends ago, I was extremely cranky. Outside, it was gray, gloomy, and pouring down rain–not exactly the type of weather to pull me out of a bad mood. I didn’t know why I was so miserable. My life was full of many blessings that I was grateful for. Nothing bad hadContinue reading “Stealing Joy”

A Letter on Renovation

Dear Friend, Recently my fiancé and I purchased our first home. We feel blessed to have bought a low-priced home in an incredible neighborhood during one of the most competitive real estate periods in history. That being said, the house is a bit of a fixer-upper. Some of the fixes are out of necessity–think water-damagedContinue reading “A Letter on Renovation”

Prioritizing Privacy

Dear Friend, A few months ago on Instagram, an acquaintance posted several articles about how damaging it is to overshare about our lives. Not long after, she stopped posting altogether. This was someone who had been consistently sharing pictures of her children from the moment they were born–to suddenly ghost the platform was surprising, andContinue reading “Prioritizing Privacy”

Craving Community

Dear friend, Today for the first time in years, I checked out a book at the library. The experience of plucking the book from the quiet stacks and carrying it with me back to my office was pleasing, and I was reminded of a summer when I read so many library books my vision literallyContinue reading “Craving Community”

Because I Could not Stop for Fate…

Dear friend, The other week as I was driving to my mom’s house, the woman in the car behind me was riding my bumper and swerving as though she was going to pass me. What she failed to see was that I was not driving slowly on purpose; there was a white work-van practically crawlingContinue reading “Because I Could not Stop for Fate…”

Slumber of the Seasons

Even the sun grows weary, when she shines for far too long, so she pulls the clouds over her tired rays, and releases a tremendous yawn. The wind sings her a lullaby as he rustles through the leaves, of a tree who becomes so drowsy, that she too decides to sleep.  She offers a blanketContinue reading “Slumber of the Seasons”

Date Night In Quarantine

Dear Paige E., What are some fun date-night activities and ideas couples can do during quarantine?  -Anonymous Dear A., While it may seem like date night options are limited during the pandemic, there are still plenty of things to do aside from the standard hiking, movie night, and game night! The trick is to getContinue reading “Date Night In Quarantine”

The Chili in the Passenger Seat

Dear Friend, Have I ever told you the story of the chili in the passenger seat? A few years ago I was on my way to my friend’s apartment for a Halloween party, and I decided to make chili. It turned out amazing but here’s the problem. I didn’t consider how difficult it would beContinue reading “The Chili in the Passenger Seat”