Go With The Flow

Our family is currently on vacation with Little Pink Houses of Hope. We were gifted the opportunity to spend a week at Mertle Beach taking in beautiful sites, warm weather and wonderful events tailored just for families like ours. Today we spent the day at the beach. We swam until we were too tired to…

Tears and Fears

Please, for the love of God, can we try to do better? I cannot accept that I live in a country where the best and brightest of us cannot find a way to start chipping away at this behemoth. I cannot accept doing nothing in the face of such overwhelming grief and loss of life. I simply cannot fathom it.

Little Feet

Do you know what joy is? Joy is the feel of my child’s silky hair. It’s the smell of her as she tucks herself into me for the night. It is her little feet pressed into me as we lay entwined together. Do you know what love is? Love is hearing her  whimpering and crying…

Be Here

This won’t be a long post. It certainly won’t be perfect. I’ve shied away from writing lately because I feel like I need to create the perfect circumstances to tap into my creativity. Shockingly, that doesn’t really happen. So tonight I’m honoring the feeling and the moment just as natural and raw as they came…

Who Am I: Part I The Youngest Years

I realized today that while I’ve written a lot about my day to day life, I’ve never shared much about who I was and where I came from. That’s probably a strange way to put it, the past tense “who I was.” But I’ve grown and changed just like everyone else. Mostly, what stands out…

Rain

Today it rained. That’s a big deal in Montana right now. For the past several weeks we have been breathing particulate heavy air. The fires in the state are out of control making the smoke in the air almost unbearable. I lost count awhile back but there is something like 20 fires in Montana that…

Be Well

What is wellness? For me, it is the joining of physical and mental health. The place where both needs intersect and balance is restored. Wellness is having options paired with the capacity and freedom to pursue the path I choose. It is having the integrity of body, mind and soul to move forward.  I’m reminded…

Happy

I drove to Big Sky for a conference tonight. As I made the turn to the woods I always visit, even though it’s out of my way, I felt an unfamiliar feeling: I was happy. As I lay here getting ready for bed, a goofy smile creeps across my face. It’s a blissful, giddy feeling….

Go Forward Anyway

Before my diagnosis, I let fear control a lot of my decision making. If it wasn’t specifically fear, I’d call it insecurity. I have always had this humming in the back of my brain, an urgent vibration calling my attention in the more quiet moments. If left to its own devices, it does cartwheels and…

Crushed Cancer

Cancer has rejuvenated my artistic, creative side- a part of me that was dying on the vine before my diagnosis. I like to create with my hands, mostly. I like the feeling of working with a material, getting to know it intimately, and then forming the muscle memory to sculpt it and make it respond…

What To Do When Feeling Stressed: A Sample Guide by Katie Mazurek Pick a project. Any project. Throw yourself entirely and completely into said project. It is best if this project also demands considerable time and effort from an unsuspecting participant. (Husbands make excellent assistants! Sure, he might not understand why the 800lb dresser that…

What Have I Done?

For all of my battles, I never really thought much about losing any of them. There was too much adrenaline, I guess. Too much information to absorb and action to take. There comes a point though, were the information slows down. The action slows down. I know this because I’ve watched people I care about,…