I drink mug after mug of coffee to combat the cold and battle exhaustion due to grey skies and stagnation. But then I get so jittery from being stuck inside (and yes, the caffeine), I feel like I want to crawl out of my dehydrated skin. I’ve embraced winter as much as I can, but at this point, I’m ready to escape.Read More
My mom asked me tonight if I thought Cash would remember the time that they spent together. I emphatically blurted out “Yes of course!” And then I had a more emotional reaction. I cried at the thought of how special their relationship is; how lucky both Cash and I are to have her in our lives; and that she won’t be around forever.Read More
2018 will go down in history at one of the most difficult and rewarding years in my life. I’ve been stretched, tested and swung to extremes so far beyond what I every though possible. I’m beginning to realize that it’s in those extremes where the best stuff emerges. The pain and suffering stings, but it’s taught me to appreciate and show gratitude for all the good in my life.Read More
I’ve never been afraid of numbers (age, number the the scale), but this year, 37 is weighing heavy on me. After having two babies back to back, my body feels worn out. Plus, the responsibility of having children has also made me feel much more grown up. Though I can’t turn back the clock, I can take good care of myself and this seems like a good week to put my best effort forward.Read More
Warning: Shameless self promotion ahead!
It’s coming….the second edition of “100 Things to Do in Milwaukee Before You Die” will be out by May 1, 2019.Read More
Sometimes I’ll joke that I regret having such a normal, loving, supportive upbringing because I have no fodder for a juicy memoir. As far as writing (and reading) goes, it’s my favorite form, hands down. But no one really wants to hear about my white, middle class upbringing in a wholesome Midwestern town.Read More
Milwaukeeans are famous for their humility. So while this feel like shameless self promotion (which it is) I am going to ignore the shame for once and shout from the rooftops: “Buy my book!”Read More
I used to hate pop music – vehemently, in fact. But I’ve started to come around.
It was about two days into being a mother of two when I realized that I am not the parent I thought I’d be.Read More
Dirty cotton balls cling to the blue of the sky
Creating a barrier for the sunRead More
Childhood is filled with so many near misses, sometimes it's a wonder we make it through at all.Read More
I’m a prisoner under lock and key.
My crime was one of passion and I don’t regret a thing.
My sentence is indentured servitude to two tiny humans.Read More
Sometimes, I think, what happened to my life?
You get to a point in adulthood when you decide (or you just take the leap and don’t think it through, in my case) to sacrifice your free time and sanity to start a family. You experience highs and lows like a junkie – from exhaustion to euphoria. And you go back for more! You forget about the risks and the long, sleepless nights.Read More
Hiking can be a lot like life. I look back to moments that tested my physical endurance - running half marathons, child birth, hiking at an altitude of 7,000 feet while 7 months pregnant - and every time, it was my mental stamina that got me to the finish line.Read More
November is the perfect time to reflect on the year that is coming to a close. We are all in a constant state of personal evolution. But rather than diets, self-help books and more resolutions I’m opting for meditation, gratitude and balance in 2018.Read More
Fall! It's everyone's favorite season in the Midwest. It's a sensory delight: the whip of the wind, the lasers of light that slice through half-bare tree branches, the loud crackle of dried leaves under your feet.Read More
Why is it that so many people my age can’t stick to one vocation? Or, they don’t feel a need to take one path, rather, explore many. Is it that we’ve been given so many opportunities that we’ve become oversaturated and overwhelmed, growing up in a world of instant gratification?Read More
Never in my life would I have thought I’d call having a baby liberating. For the first six months, I felt like a slave to my precious and helpless little infant as the primary source of liquid nourishment. And now that he’s a toddler and eats any food in sight (with only five teeth!) I still lament being stuck at home from 6 PM on – chained to the kitchen sink or the couch out of pure exhaustion from chasing and cleaning up after him.Read More
Greece, from the word Gre, meaning friendly people and Ce, meaning of the Aegean Sea. Only kidding, but that was the typical response you’d get from most Greeks when you asked how to say a Greek word or phrase.Read More