Life has a way of overwhelming us sometimes. Have you been there? I sure have. The last six months have been very busy for me, as I planned a wedding, moved, adjusted to a new marriage, looked for jobs, and tried to get a new house in order. I have to admit, I’ve been quite…… Continue reading Learning To Validate
Welcome to Hope and Heroism! To the new followers and the old, I am grateful for your readership. Up until now I have been re-posting old blogs onto this new site. Old followers will notice that some of those pieces were heavily edited; new followers will soon see that the post frequency will soon be…… Continue reading Welcome to Hope and Heroism!
This piece was originally published by Scary Mommy. To My Mom Friends, I know you have a lot on your plate. I know that being a mom has changed everything for you. I also know it’s really easy to feel guilty for not doing it all. But please don’t let me be yet another thing you…… Continue reading You Don’t Need To Apologize-To My Mom Friends From Your Childless Friend
This piece was originally published on TenToTwenty.com I simultaneously anticipated and dreaded my practices and games as a teenage athlete. I loved the sport, working hard, and learning new strategies. My coach was gifted at teaching skills and as a result our team was very good. But there was a dark side to being an athlete as well: the pressure and anxiety…… Continue reading Coaches Teach Kids More Than A Sport
This piece was originally published by Feminine Collective on 4/4/2016. “They’re on their way,” my mom said. My heart sank. This was going to be painful. I didn’t know what I was going to say. One of my closest friends was coming over. We had very similar, although quite odd, interests for teenage girls, but this time we weren’t planning…… Continue reading No Words to Say Goodbye, But Goodbyes Aren’t Always Forever
I want my home to be a place where people can feel comfortable. I want people to feel free to just drop in because they happened to be in the area. I want my home to be welcoming to everyone, including my own family. Yet I find it difficult to make that a reality. In…… Continue reading 5 Ways To Welcome People Into Your Home Like An Italian
As I told my fellow American friends, relatives, and coworkers I was preparing to travel to Mexico, everyone had advice to give. “Don’t drink the water.” “Don’t eat the shrimp.” “Don’t eat at the local restaurants.” “Don’t go into the downtown areas.” “Don’t drink beverages with ice.” “Don’t get bit by bugs.” “Don’t go out…… Continue reading I Let Go of Paranoia and Traveled To Local Areas