On being real, facing fears, and silencing the voice of “not enough”



That’s what happened this past weekend at the retreat in the mountains of Idaho. It was an amazing time… a beautiful mix of sharing and listening, laughing and crying, exploring outdoors and gathering together in a cozy event space lined with string lights and flowers. It was a time of holding on to what is […]  Continue reading Read more…

An open letter to the woman who feels like there’s something missing


Sitting here in this cafe, surrounded by groups of women who are leaning in close and confiding in each other, I’m more certain than ever that I need to write this. I hear it in the conversation that carries above the music, and I see it in the encouraging hugs of hello and goodbye; we […]  Continue reading Read more…

When you feel like it’s too late to pursue your dream…


Young female is writing notes and planning her schedule.

Early in my journey as a writer, when I first set out to pursue my dream of becoming an author, I dug out an old box that my mom had saved from my high school years. At the bottom, buried under dried prom and homecoming flowers, my graduation cap and gown, and pictures upon pictures of high […]  Continue reading Read more…

When you don’t feel good about your body: 5 things to remember



In my work with moms and women, I’ve had countless conversations about how we often struggle with our self-image. We look in the mirror and instead of appreciating our unique qualities, the negative self-talk begins. As someone who has struggled too, I know how it is to battle these feelings, and even obsessions. But there […]  Continue reading Read more…

What to remember when you’re facing change (and why it’s a beautiful certainty)



  A friend asked me recently how we did it — how we moved our two teenagers across states like that with one going into 8th grade and one going into 10th. How did we make it look so easy? she wondered. It wasn’t easy, I promised her. There were tears and unknowns and excruciating goodbyes. But […]  Continue reading Read more…

What’s hiding under your tent? (and the secret I kept for 33 years)


What’s hiding under your tent? That was the question that spurred me to finally share a secret I had kept for 33 years (that I can actually laugh about now). But before I get into that, let me back up a bit. I recently read Brene Brown’s NYT Bestseller Daring Greatly in a book club with over […]  Continue reading Read more…

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