Archive of ‘Honest’ category

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…

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…

Being an introverted mother is hard because when all you want, and need, is a moment alone, tiny toddler hands pull and poke and suck the life out of you.

The Struggle Of The Introverted Mother

Not too long ago, I woke up one day and decided I was going to be attentive to, and present with, my kids the whole day. I was interested in every toy they brought over to show me. I heeded every cry of concern they had over some cartoon character’s possible demise. I listened to them, […] Read more…

Sometimes it's hard to remember why I married my husband, but the reasons are there if i look for then.

I Don’t Remember Why I Married Him

I worked in the post office at the small Bible college I attended. One of my jobs was to hand out I.D. cards to the new students every semester. I suffered from what I self-diagnosed as “crush of the day” syndrome back then so I was titillated to have the opportunity to meet many of […] Read more…

No one gets an A in motherhood. But you also don't deserve an F.

Getting a B in Motherhood

In college, I had a class with a notoriously difficult professor. He wasn’t mean or vindictive or cruel. He was actually a pretty great guy. His classes were just tough and that’s the way it was. Because I enjoy challenges, I decided to bust my butt for one of his tests. I had studied for […] Read more…

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