My Journey

Most Popular Posts of 2016

The end of the year is a time for reflection and review. I think we can all agree, 2016 wasn’t all that great. A review of the top news stories reveals all bad news, led by the election. Selective amnesia, anyone? With all the bad, 2016 had its high moments. The world celebrated together in Rio. Dory found her parents. Alabama won the National Championship. And who can forget Chewbacca Mom? [Read more...]

Christmas Joy #FridayFive Style

When #FridayFive started, it was a place to share favorite things—memories, books, links. It took on a life of its own with writing prompts to challenge us to think a little deeper and write a little more consistently. I love reading your different takes on the weekly themes. As I turn “joy” around in my mind, it seems like a good time to go back to my #FridayFive roots and [Read more...]

5 Movies to Watch When You Need a Good Cry

I don’t like to cry. My medical chart lists it as a diagnosis: dry eye disease. My aversion to crying is one part physiological and one part control freak. I try my best to hold it together at all times. It makes me feel bad sometimes, especially when someone breaks down in front of me and I can’t deliver sympathy tears. My heart feels it, but my eyes stay dry. However, a time comes [Read more...]

Summer Memories that Make Me Smile

We are in the sunset of our summer break. I get a little reflective during a sunset. It’s the perfect time to look back and remember what went right, and find joy tucked in unusual places. This summer doesn’t have charts and schedules like usual. I chillaxed, as the cool kids (used to) say. The girls have a few chores each day, and they get to spend the rest of the time doing what [Read more...]

Midyear Goal Review and Revamp

While July 1st is technically the middle of the year, the end of the school year and beginning of summer is well suited for a midyear checkup. How are all of those New Year’s resolutions coming along? I’ll wait here just a minute while you look for the paper you wrote your goals on so you can remember what they were. Found them? How is it going? Most folks have stopped trying to [Read more...]

Finding My Joy in the Grin and Bear It

Are you in a season of grin and bear it like me? The kids and I are counting down the number of wake-ups left in this school year. Reading logs are crumpled on the desk somewhere. My two-year-old found his will (and it is strong like The Hulk). I lack the determination to make my children bathe as often as they should. Survival until the final school bell rings is the goal. In all the grin and [Read more...]

Reasons We Want to Relive a Day and What to Do About it Today

My kids help me stay up-to-date with what the cool kids have on their playlist these days. One of the songs they introduced me to is twenty one pilots’ “Stressed Out.” It’s a bit of a whiny song for this up-and-coming generation, but one of the lines stuck with me. Wish we could turn back time, to the good ol’ days, When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re [Read more...]

Looking for Lovely: Collecting the Moments that Matter {Giveaway!}

Last week, my kids were out of school for spring break. I probably saw them less last week than any in our recent history. Between a wonky work schedule, evening activities, and wonderful grandparents, I essentially missed an entire week of their life. When I planned it all out, it didn’t seem so bad. When I lived it, it was quite sad. After a week of rushing and missing life, I realized [Read more...]

How to Write When Your Words are Broken

What do you do when you host a link up, but you don’t have anything to say? I’ll tell you. You get real thankful that the writing prompt is obstacles. I had some deadlines earlier this week that kept me hopping and some hard writing I needed to do in order to work through some of my own issues. When it came time to sit down and write about obstacles, I drew a blank. Initially, I [Read more...]

Redefine Productivity By Making Room for Your Best Day, Every Day

Let me share my perfect day with you. I wake up feeling rested after a full night’s sleep. I saunter into the kitchen to find a pot of hot coffee waiting for me. I share a meaningful conversation with my husband about something other than the day’s schedule. I spend time reading the Bible, journaling, and praying. The quiet surrounds me and I find rest there. I cozy up to finish a novel, [Read more...]