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 »

believe in your dreams

My everyday jewelry includes three bracelets with phrases that I like to focus on throughout my day. One of those bracelets simply states, “Believe.” Although it was an Origami Owl Christmas product, I find that it suits me well every day. Every time I look down, I am reminded to believe in myself and to believe in my dreams.   When I talk about believing, I mean believing in something that defies all the odds. It’s not like saying “I… Read more »

About five months ago, I shared a post with you that was an interview with my 13-year-old daughter. I asked her a set of questions that would help my readers get to know me better through the eyes of my kids. I thought it would be funny to ask my 10-year-old son the same questions and see what he had to say about me. So, here were his answers.   What is something I always say to you? I love you… Read more »

I’ve been traveling a lot lately and not getting much rest, so it probably should not come as a surprise that I ended up sick after a trip across the country. I didn’t feel bad, but my voice got raspy and my throat scratchy. I’ve since decided that I need to wear a mask on flights like people in Asia. I’d like a cute BTS-themed mask that says “Suga” on it. Feel free to send one to me if you like… Read more »

equal pay day

Although Women’s History month ended a few days ago, I wanted to end my celebration with a discussion about Equal Pay Day. Statistics show that women are systematically paid less than men for doing the same job. As a matter of fact, women may only be paid around 70% of what men are paid for the same position.   I have not had access to the detailed data from which these statistics were derived. In my mind, there can be… Read more »

embracing femininity

For most of my life, I’ve struggled with the idea of femininity. It’s not that I ever wanted to be anything other than female, but I didn’t feel like I fit the mold of what society portrayed as female. I liked playing with G.I. Joe and Matchbox cars as much as I liked dolls. I hated floral prints and the color pink. I wanted to be an astronaut instead of a princess. I never daydreamed about getting married and having… Read more »