Politics

The First Debates- Narrowing Down The Candidates

With over 20 candidates in the race, there's an awful lot of noise right now. I really enjoy watching the debates to understand how their opinions differ. But in a field this wide, this early in the race, the debate serves as a different sort of sieve for me. I'm looking for the candidate least likely to be turned into a caricature. 

Politics

Coming Back From a “Me Too Moment”: Is Joe Biden too Awkward to be President?

But we also have to understand that sexual harassment is so common, and so misunderstood, that the deeper we dig to suss it out of society, the wider the net of sexual harassment becomes. The bigger the net, the more fish we catch. The more fish we catch, the more we can be picky about what fish we clean and devour. At some point, we have to decide to let some fish back into the ocean.

Bullet Journal, Goal Setting, Self Reflection

5 Tips For Reducing Anxiety With a Goal-Oriented Bullet Journal

The best part about a bullet journal is how you can make it into whatever tool you need it to be. Personally, I need my bullet journal to act as a roadmap to my life.  I'm not talking about calendars, to-dos, and grocery lists, although my bullet journal is full of them. My roadmap needs to be a lot more big picture.

Motherhood, Self Reflection

Struggling With Identity and Worth As A SAHM

My struggle with identity as a stay at home mom is so much more complex than this. There's the isolation, my lack of a support network, my anxiety. There are days of absolute freedom and flexibility that I wouldn't trade for anything. There are so many beautiful moments in life that you miss when you are a slave to the time clock.

Writing

Writing A Novel Sucks And I Can’t Seem To Stop Trying

I have wanted to write novels since about first grade. My first serious attempt at a novel-length manuscript happened in 2009 when I was finishing up my last semester as an undergraduate.  I was studying creative writing and moral philosophy. I propped myself up between the complete works of Plato and the Norton Shakespeare Anthology and sat down to write a piece of fiction so stirring, so filled with deep insight, the world would never be the same. 

Houseplants

Dear Diary, I’m Madly In Love With Houseplants

How One Plant Slowly Becomes A Jungle I spent so many years of my life resisting the idea of indoor plants. I love being outside in nature, but the idea of bringing it all indoors never really appealed to me.  I think I was just scared that I would kill them. In fact, if my husband were here to rat me out, he'd tell you that I have, in fact, killed many of them.  I also think I was living life too quickly. Starting with my freshman year of high school up until pretty recently, I've always felt tremendous pressure to be doing something at all times. In that mindset, there's no room for the patient and thoughtful care a houseplant deserves. 

Big Ideas, Goal Setting

Why New Years Resolutions Are More Destructive Than Helpful

Happy New Year! If you're like most people, January 1st is a time to make changes in your life and become a better you. It's a new year with a fresh start and you are finally going to make your dreams come true! I used to really love New Years. It's the chance to move past the mistakes and failures of the year prior. I always enjoyed making New Years Resolutions. I saw it as a way to take a good hard look at the way my life was going. Decide what major changes were needed to put my life on the track I was heading. Tackle obstacles and make real progress. 

Big Ideas, Politics, Self Reflection

The Strange Way Love Is Becoming A Partisan Issue

As I wrote yesterday, I've been thinking about love over this holiday season. Yesterday I wanted to write about how my ideas about love have changed over time. I wanted to think about what factors in my life have influenced my ideas of love.  Today I want to get to the heart of what's really bothering me. It seems to me that love has become a partisan issue.  Since Trump won the election in 2016, I've gained a much broader understanding of how a person gets to the point in their life where they voted for Trump. But I was just as numb as everyone else when it actually happened.