The New Year Leaf

new year leaf

We took an impromptu trip to Agua Caliente on New Year’s Day, the park’s name mocking us as we shivered in the 42 degree weather. The kids had been cooped up in the house for days because when you grow up in the desert, this is really cold. We only intended to drive around for a while but the kids begged us to let them out. Children rarely give obvious warnings that their energy is about to consume them. We took their urging seriously and found a park. Read More

Creating Harmony


Life is a balancing act. You have to balance work and home. Achieve balance. How many times have we heard that it’s all about balance? I don’t see it that way anymore.

A lovely friend and I were talking one time about all the things we juggle with work and young children. She gave me some great insight into how she looks at life.

It’s not about balance at all. It’s about harmony. Read More


We can all agree that we all want a society where we don’t have to live in fear of armed gunmen terrorizing innocent people. The gap between where we are and where we want to be is immense. Read More

Dear Santa

The stocking my Grandma made for me.

The stocking my Grandma made for me.

Dear Santa,

It’s been a long time since I’ve written you a letter. I’ve been thinking a lot about you and feeling a bit guilty. You see, I have two kids now and the threat of Santa’s naughty list comes in handy this time of year. I’m sure you hear that a lot. Read More

There’s a reason why this TED talk with Brené Brown has been viewed nearly 7 million times. It’s 20 minutes that could change your life.

The Best Advice Ever

Not long ago, I went through a wonderful phase of being super busy and loving it. It felt like I was on fire, moving seamlessly from one task to the next and finishing every project that came my way with a smile on my face. Inevitably, it didn’t last. One sick kid and everything came to a smashing halt and I lost my momentum. Kids can do that to you and so can life in general. Read More


I was struck dumb by envy a few days ago. One of my favorite bloggers released an excerpt from her new book and I couldn’t wait to read it. As I soaked up every word, my excitement turned to a sick feeling of discouragement. The excerpt was so awesome. It was everything I would write it if I could write like her. She was reading my mind! But instead of feeling understood and encouraged, I felt a sinking feeling that she’s saying everything I’ve ever wanted to say better than I can say it. Why bother to write at all? The best words have been taken. Read More