A Calm Life

I have 100+ emails to answer/ignore/trash on my Gmail app. Sixty-five on my Mailbox app. Technically, I have six email accounts. Actually, it’s seven; I forgot about the one for my job. Well, one of my jobs. I have two. Both are part time but essentially full time with all the extra shifts I take on. So one and a half full time jobs. Plus the projects, the other things […]



I am not good at leaving things behind. Truth be told, I am not even good at leaving things unsaid, or letting go of what I desire. It is not in my nature to sacrifice myself for the comfort of another. I know that is not noble or admirable of me to admit; and though I am sure that there are exceptions to that rule, I know that half of […]


Since When is it Cool to be Aloof?

I trudged through the piling snow on the Ohio sidewalk, inwardly cursing myself for not wearing two pairs of socks. Luckily I was almost to the local coffee shop where I was to meet one of my long-time friends. It was our tradition to hole-up in the cozy atmosphere and catch one another up on life until there was nothing but cold dregs left in the bottom of ceramic cups. […]


Let Bedlam Ensue

There are times in life when you begin to wander, wondering if you’ll ever find your purpose. You search and pray and ache for the direction you know your life deserves, and still, you are left wanting and aimless. And then at your wedding, you and a group of talented friends come up with an idea that suddenly lights your wild on fire (that’s how it happened for me anyway). […]


What if I Make a Mistake?

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, hurdle! One, two, three four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen hurdle! Faster, faster, Coleen. I lengthened my stride, breathing in my nose and out my mouth. I rounded the home stretch of the 300 meter hurdles, taking the competition by just enough to gain about a stride lead. It was all I needed. […]


Living Out Your Worth

As her eyes welled with tears, she courageously shared the part of her past that still breaks her heart. I don’t know, we were just so young. It’s dumb but I thought sleeping with him would make him stay. Now we don’t even talk. I just want that part of me back, but I can’t have that now. In every tear that escaped down her face I saw pieces of […]