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. 

Big Ideas, Self Reflection

How My Concept of Love Has Changed From 20 to 30

I had a wonderful holiday with my family. We are a blended family of four kids with very active coparents. Our holiday traditions include the build up of frantic texts with other parents and long car rides to cart our kids back and forth. We celebrate secular Christmas and my heart was very full Tuesday… Continue reading How My Concept of Love Has Changed From 20 to 30

Big Ideas

Time For Us To Axe The Death Penalty

I was reading on NPR this morning that the Death Penalty is in decline, both in the number of people who support it and in the number of people actually being sentenced and executed.  I think that's fantastic news and it made me want to sit down and organize my thoughts on the Death Penalty.  Exploring The Death Penalty Against My Moral Foundation As a secular humanist, I believe that every human has inherent worth and intrinsic dignity. Taking the life of another human can only be justified, in my view, when that act would somehow increase human happiness. 

Politics, Uncategorized

Thoughts On Being An 11th Generation American (Genealogy and Politics)

Over the last decade, I've learned a lot about the history of my family through online genealogy databases. Every year, more and more historical documents are available online through websites like Ancestry.com. Personally, I'm too cheap to keep my subscription to Ancestry.com all the time. But I get caught up in research every now and… Continue reading Thoughts On Being An 11th Generation American (Genealogy and Politics)

Bullet Journal, Goal Setting, Self Reflection

Checking Into My Bullet Journal Habit Log

Last week I put it out into the void that I was going to focus on my career and financial goals. Well, the void gave it back to me and I have been absolutely swamped with work. This is also the reason I have been lax on updates here.  Luckily, my bullet journal makes it easy to stay on top of my projects. My notes get a little messy, but my flexible journal system makes it easy to turn the page and write a fresh grid.