What you see on the outside may not match what's on the inside, and if you're concerned you have to look and listen for the signs of depression.

The Problem With Depression

The problem with depression is that the magnitude of its depths is often kept secret. Whether due to shame or awareness, often the person who is depressed won’t let on how bad it is. They may just say they’re having a tough day or a rough season but they’re okay. What’s a concerned friend or […] Read more…

Never has a story so consumed me the way Brock Turner's has. This is why.

The Reason Brock Turner’s Story Has Consumed Me

I don’t remember a time when a story has fully consumed me the way Brock Turner’s story has. Whenever my brain has a free time it defaults to thinking about it. Thinking about the act itself. Thinking about the victim. Thinking about the judge’s verdict. Thinking about the outpouring of righteous anger that has washed […] Read more…

I wish I'd had the myCharge HUB Max when I found myself stranded at the airport for a gazillion hours trying to get home for my grandmother's funeral.

What I Wish I’d Had When I Was Stranded at SFO

Recently I flew back home for my grandmother’s memorial service. She passed away a few months ago and the plan was to have a bonfire on the beach and then spread her ashes at sunset. A lot of family was to arrive and it was to be a sweet time of laughter and sharing stories […] Read more…

My son doesn't need to "man up." Other kids need to stop being jerks. And I need to teach my son to stand up for himself and others.

My Son Doesn’t Need To “Man Up”

I was bullied as a kid. Aside from being quiet and shy which made me a great target, I was also born with albinism. This means I am super pale, even more so when I was younger, and have a difficult time seeing things far away which put me in the front of the classroom […] Read more…

I've lived too many years worrying what others think of me. I'm almost 33 and it's time to embrace my inner IDGAF attitude. Because I don't.

Embracing My Inner IDGAF

I’ve always been a people pleaser. Blame it on my environment, genetics, the way I was raised, it doesn’t matter. The fact remains that for almost 33 years I’ve always been the one who wants, even needs, to make people happy. I don’t want to disappoint others. I don’t want them to be mad at […] Read more…

Parenting is full of situations that can bring you to your knees in a fit of tears. Sometimes it's easier to find the humor and laugh instead.

You Gotta Laugh or You’ll Cry

There are moments in my day, week, year where I am faced with something difficult, annoying, or infuriating. Something that gets under my skin and makes me want to rip my hair out until I resemble The Rock. It’s called being a mom and it’s a part of this parenting gig you just can’t away […] Read more…

It turns out all the reasons that you think you're a bad mom just mean you're totally, completely, 100% normal.

I’m Not A Bad Mom

It was 7:30 in the morning when my daughter came to me and asked, “What wrong, Mommy? You otay?” The reasoning for her question was the fact that I was slumped on the living room floor and ugly crying into my 5th cup of coffee. At seven thirty in the morning. There are a lot […] Read more…

Get the mom-to-be something she really wants and needs like batteries and booze.

No More Baby Blankets: A Real Life Baby Shower Guide

The decorations are Pinterest perfect. The snacks are being scarfed down. Games are being played and, at any given moment, at least four hands are on the mom-to-be’s uterus waiting for the baby inside her to kick. It’s a baby shower! The new mom may be giddy (“Look at all these people who love me!” […] Read more…

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