Great Not Better

If there’s one thing we’re good at it’s this: comparing. Whether we like it or not, we make comparisons each and every day. Some comparisons are more innocent than others. You are going to have to decide which coat to wear depending on what the bipolar weather will be that day- Ohioans, you know what I mean. You are also going to have to compare your options when eating out […]


Thank You

I held my arms tight against myself as the weight of my grocery bags kept my bicep muscles firm. I clipped along at a quick and steady pace, the heels of my boots lightly clicking as I made my way out of the busy grocery store. A man, nondescript and kind, opened the door for me and the unusually cool California air hit my cheeks, making them feel hot from […]


Beauty in the Beholder

Everything in creation has a name. Everything created serves a purpose. Even weeds. In fact, by the very definition, a weed is simply a  plant in an undesired place. I have a growing affinity for these so-called mislocated plants. When I venture down a road and take in that which lines my path- white Queen Anne’s Lace and blue Bachelor’s Buttons, or behold a field strewn in the rich hue […]


The Second Bedroom

My husband Craig and I have been living in our new house for about six weeks now. Moving across the country with all of our belongings has proved to be quite the adventure. And despite all the chaos of the move, what was arguably even more adventurous? Sorting through the boxes, unpacking, and getting settled in – it’s been an absolute whirlwind. Let me tell you – the process of […]


Idealizing a Pinteresting Life

When Pinterest became a “thing” a couple years ago, I was one of the first to sign up. I don’t say that in an “I’m-a-hipster-I-liked-it-before-it-was-cool” kind of way either. I admit that sheepishly, as someone who spends way too much time online, on her phone, and well, shopping. As the laziest shopper alive, Pinterest seemed perfect because I could eat copious amounts of junk food on my couch watching Law […]


Originality is Magnetic.

Contrary to the popular message in American culture, you cannot be anyone you want to be. A whole generation of boys were raised on a message “be like Mike” (Michael Jordan), while a generation of girls were raised on “be like Britney.” Some of us need to accept that we’ll never be a famous super model, a celebrity pop star, or even a pro-athlete. But you can become a much […]