One Hard Look at..

The Rope

I can't even begin to tell you how many relationships I have been in where I held on to hope with all my might until it was clear there was no cavalry coming to save the relationship. So I stayed down in that well of hope, expecting that one day I would be lifted out and my expectations would become a reality. Let me tell you, that rarely happens. Yet I still never give up hope. I think hope is crucial to success and happiness. As long as two people have hope, anything ca

The Visitor

Grief is dark and powerful and rears its ugly head with no warning. It isn't something to be afraid of, however. I embrace grief as a process, as a part of life. It hurts when it has its grips on you but will eventually release. I wish there was more honesty about grief as it doesn't have to be this horrible shame-causing experience. I have found grief to be freeing and life-changing; a good reason for self-care. There is life after grief. 🖤 On a side note, I am really

Paper Doll

#tbt 🎶 I found this song I wrote when I was a teenager (probably 15). It's fun to think back to teenager me (poor, angsty teenager me) and how badly I wanted to write songs and poems and it wasn't until 15 years later that I truly started writing a lot. Teenager me was so worried about what someone might think if they read my songs or poems that it kept me from writing. Now, 20-some years later, as part of my #onehardlook challenge, I am putting pride and fear aside and sh

In Heaven

True story. 😇 . . . #heaven #kidssaythedarndestthings #kids #parenting #originalpoem #poetsofinstagram #poetsofig #poetryslam #communityofpoetry #poetry #poetsandwriters #faith #pureimagination #believe #dreams #fantasy #reallife #realconversation #happyfriday #friyay #outofthemouthofbabes #sixyearsold #learntofly #spirituality #creativity #myheart #love #relationships #family #parenthood

Line Drawing

Sometimes when I'm doing self-improvement work I beat myself up over things I have done wrong. But when the problem doesn't go away I often realize that it's because I didn't set boundaries or I didn't stick to them. If you've done everything you can and you set clear boundaries then it's time to forgive yourself and step back. This applies to family, friends, clients and colleagues. Every part of life can benefit from healthy boundaries. #selfimprovement #boundaries #SelfCar