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My Quest for Proper Pajamas

In my quest for adultness, I decided a while ago that I wanted to become a proper pajamas person. No more ratty old t-shirts with mismatched bottoms. No sir. A respectable mom adult wears luxurious PJs. Silky? yes, please. Flowy? Absolutely. Let’s be honest, we spend so much time in pajamas on the weekends that I want to wake up and hang around the house feeling like a 1950’s movie star. So I took my pajama game to Oysho*. I had...

Seize the Yes and the Rest Will Happen

I want to tell you a quick story – not just about saying YES but the importance in continuing to say it. This story goes way back to August 2016 when Riselle of The Traveling Island Girl, who I knew only from Women Who Live on Rocks and social media, was visiting Santo Domingo. She reached out and asked if I’d be interested in meeting up with a fellow island gal. I said yes. I brought a friend, she brought a...

Finding Adventure After Kids

There’s something about saying yes right away, without overthinking that makes me not want to change my mind, Yes propels you forward, cannonballs you into life. And life, with its flash floods, push-ups, and bugs, is exactly what I don’t want to miss. –  Melanie Gideon (author of  Wife 22) When I was in my 20’s I would seek out fun and adventure like an infrared camera. If there was any movement nearby, I’d catch it. Finding adventure was easy:...

Another Birthday, Another Chapter

I’ve never been one to shy away from my age. If someone asks, I don’t blush with embarrassment or scold the inappropriateness of asking a lady such a question, or think Good grief, another birthday? Why would I? I’m not embarrassed of my age or of the life I’ve built in that time. And saying that age ain’t nothing but a number couldn’t be further from the truth either; it’s much much more than just a number. Age is another chapter in our story, a...

Ask for the Moon: My Intention for 2016…Finally

Last year’s New Year’s intention was all about finding success, about leaving behind that crappy sense of failure that lurks in your dark mind corners and looking at all of my accomplishments as things to celebrate – no matter how small. And it worked. When I started looking at things through the scope of success, they became successes… or they became successes because I was looking at them through the scope of success. Chicken or the egg. I can’t be sure...

Gratitude Through Travel Series

How Travel Feeds My Gratitude

There is a moment of transcendence that occurs sometimes when I’m surrounded by family and friends, drinking a glass of vino, overlooking some perfect corner of the world. It’s more than feeling blessed, more than a moment of gratitude. Maybe it’s what yogis describe in their practice; a space of peace, of center, of feeling like all is right and that my place in the world is a beautiful place to be. In those times, travel makes me grateful because whether I’m home or...

The Day the Stitches Came

Everyday you parent a toddler is a day closer to the abyss of total insanity. You pick yogurt out of someone else’s nose while having to explain why you don’t put yogurt up your nose. You dodge bullets made of pasta bolognese and sautéed broccoli. You break up fights between two tyrannical parties that are arguing the same side (they just don’t know it because they’re crazy) and you worry constantly, about everything. About nothing. About everything. A day in the life of a...

The Little Light

Last night, I heard a terrible shrill coming from outside our window. It was one of our neighbors screaming. I didn’t know it then but a Rottweiler was in our courtyard and was attacking her dog, a small Pomeranian that had no chance. I ran downstairs and in a tornado of events ended up at the nearest veterinarian to be told what I knew already. Poor Lucesita didn’t make it. I’m sure she died in my arms on the car ride...