new midlife crisis

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I’ve been working through a bit of a personal crisis. I, however, prefer to call it my journey of personal discovery. Most of the time when I mention this feeling of restlessness and discontent to someone older, I am told that I am just having a mid-life crisis. How can that be? Women can start their mid-life crisis at 35, or so the Internet says. Unfortunately, I think… Read more »

talk to teens about terrorism

Last night a bomber attacked a crowd of teens and parents of young girls leaving an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. The news came as a particular shock to us because my daughter and I had attended Ariana’s concert in New Orleans just a few weeks ago. My daughter is a huge Ariana Grande fan. So, this is probably the first time that a terrorist attack has touched her in a personal way.   As parents of teens, we’ve… Read more »

A few weeks ago, I shared with you that I had decided to apply for a Fulbright scholarship. I have always loved travel and been fascinated by foreign countries and cultures. Lately, I’ve felt a strong urge to get out of the US and explore more of the world. I started talking to colleagues about opportunities to teach over the summer at colleges around the world and decided it was something I wanted to try to do next summer. As… Read more »

my parenting fail

I hope all the mothers out there had a Happy Mother’s Day! When I thought about writing a post for Mother’s Day, I considered the typical blog posts about how being a mother changed me or lessons I learned from my mother. Then, I decided to share a completely different type of post with you. I’m really ashamed of this story and have not shared it with very many people. Yet, I am going to share it here to hopefully… Read more »

steps to personal growth

If you’ve been following along on my journey of personal discovery this year, you will know that I have been looking deep into myself to find my passion and my purpose. For my whole life, I’ve felt like the purpose of my gifts and talents was so much bigger than the small towns to which they have been confined. Part of finding the answers to my questions this year has been confronting that nagging feeling that just would not go… Read more »

endings and saying goodbye

Endings and goodbyes are never easy. When facing the end of something you loved, the final curtain call can be excruciating and heartbreaking. Even in the moments when the ending is welcomed and for the best, actually breaking away and closing the door is difficult.   Over the past few weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this and talking about it with my daughter. This weekend she danced for the final time with her competition dance team…. Read more »