Notes from the Middle

I celebrated my birthday this last weekend. It wasn't a big one or a milestone––just a normal, next year sort of birthday. I've been in the process of recovering from a terrible cold since Christmas. It goes in waves and I've maxed out on all the drugs so was reduced to napping on the couch, … Continue reading Notes from the Middle

Taking Time to Remember Places

This weekend marked the fifteenth summer my dad has participated in the Denver Chalk Art Festival. What started as a fun experiment - he hadn't done many chalk murals before this experience - has turned into a marker of summertime for our family. In the early years, my brother would drive down from Fort Collins … Continue reading Taking Time to Remember Places

Remembering Who Came First

I'm honored to be over at SheLoves today. This month's theme is "territories" and I originally didn't expect to have anything to say on this topic. But a trip to the wild landscape of northern Colorado reminded me that this space I call home, where I feel grounded, isn't really mine to claim. Here's an … Continue reading Remembering Who Came First

Creating Safe Spaces

I had the honor of sharing these thoughts about transitioning from full-time work to part-time work to truly staying at home over at the MOPS blog a couple weeks ago. When I quit my teaching job right before having our first daughter, my principal told me he fully supported my choice to stay home. But he … Continue reading Creating Safe Spaces

Yes, I Am Able

I've never dyed my hair before and, as my 35th birthday approached, I felt the itch to spice things up a bit. I'm embracing my identity more and more and I felt the need to commemorate that with something totally outside of my normal look. Something fun and funky but still maturely thirty. So, we went … Continue reading Yes, I Am Able

Finding My Identity in a Pair of Sneakers

I bought the red and black coq sportifs because I wanted to feel French, to blend in. You can tell a tourist by her shoes and I had moved beyond tourist status. I chose the sneakers partly for their kicky French fashion and partly for functionality - I walked everywhere in Paris. Before these, I … Continue reading Finding My Identity in a Pair of Sneakers

Celebrating Strong Women: Redefining Normal

I am glad to introduce Kerri Dawson as today's Strong Women contributor. Kerri has a degree in Maritime Systems Engineering and worked for the oil and gas industry for 11 years as a senior project specialist. She is currently living in Northern California raising two very energetic boys ages 5 and 3. Life is good! Redefining Normal When … Continue reading Celebrating Strong Women: Redefining Normal

Identity

"I did not get a Master's degree in housekeeping!" I stormed at Frank as we argued over how precious weekend time would be spent. I don't mind doing daily and weekly housecleaning myself, but sometimes it's a two-person job. I wanted to spend Saturday morning doing some post-Christmas chores as well as some neglected-during-the-holidays household … Continue reading Identity