Road to an Imperfect Life

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The United States Olympic Team that Fell is All of Us

Last night as I watched the Ice Dancing Olympic finals, I felt the collective heartbreak that everyone else watching felt. As Madison Chock and Evan Bates came into a spin that they have probably practiced a million times, a move that looked nowhere near as complicated as any of their lifts, the unthinkable happened. They clipped their skates, lost their balance, and fell. There was no hiding the misstep, no playing it off. It was an obvious fall. They looked exposed; and...

Cutting Yourself a Break is Motherfucking Glorious

Something crazy happened last week when the whole family came down with the flu: I cut myself a break. Yes, women and overachievers, I did that. I let some shit slide. I did some things with only 75% effort and other things went completely undone (gasp. Undone?! You don’t say? I do say.). I know it sounds crazy to not do it all – but I’ll tell you what – cutting yourself a break can be motherfucking glorious and just the...

Racing Perfection

This week’s special on DTWB: Perfection How often do we strive for something, do we hope for something, do we work towards something, convincing ourselves the whole time that if this would just happen, everything would be perfect. We spend a lifetime trying to catch up with perfection but often fall short. As a writer, I do it plenty. I read numbers and page views and comments way too often as if the quality of my writing is based on numbers. I ride...

Road to an Imperfect Life: Week 15 – For Whom the Belly Tolls #itsarevolutionbitches

Like all mothers, I dreamed of being brave, selfless, loving, and hot. Yes, you heard me. Hot. What?! I’m just being honest. Of course, hot wasn’t the first thing on my list, but it was definitely on the short list. Pinterest was super helpful for me in the beginning with its suggestions of cute outfits, life hacks, and exercise ideas, but unfortunately, Pinterest won’t actually deliver any of these things to my life or closet. It’ll recommend some interesting workouts...

Road to an Imperfect Life: Week 14 – Like Mother Like Daughter #itsarevolutionbitches

Sitting at a coffee shop in Metuchen tapping away another post for another blog, I ‘m distracted when two little girls sit beside me at the window seat counter. The younger one is playing with her spoon and the older one says, “Please don’t make a mess of that. You did that once before and remember what happened?” The younger one stops and carefully begins sorting through the card catalogue in her brain for that memory. The older one chimes...

Road to an Imperfect Life: Week 12 – A Micro Moment of Normal #itsarevolutionbitches

When I first started this series, I set out to show a more imperfect me, one that hardly shows up in the virtual world. I mean, be real, how many of us take bad photos and say “That’s my new profile pic!” I tried to explain how our Facebook virtual lives often create a representative for our true selves. Those representatives then choose our best picture as our Facebook profile pic which becomes the face that our Facebook friends know. Our...

Road to an Imperfect Life: Week 11 – Because Yesterday I Was a Shit Parent and I Need to Own That

The truth is I don’t want to own it because it would be easier for my soul if I could just sweep it under the rug or put a spin on it and make it not about me but rather about “extenuating circumstances.” That isn’t right. It would be easier for my ego if I didn’t have to own it – if I could blame the heat or not feeling well or being overwhelmed with end of the year-edness. But...

Road to an Imperfect Life: Week 10 – When the Line is Drawn Over a Mother Effing Lollipop #itsarevolutionbitches

What is the right response when your 2-year-old starts violently crying and screaming and writhing in anger… in public? When her mouth is open so wide you could see her little punching bag throat thingy? When she loses her sh^t while you are out to dinner – albeit a casual dinner- with a big group of friends? What is the right response when the anger convulsion is over a fucking lollipop? There isn’t much that could take out this daughter...

Road to an Imperfect Life: Week 9 – That Week When Tons of Things Were Imperfect and I Survived Anyway #itsarevolutionbitches

The last few weeks have been fuller than a glass of wine on a Friday night and definitely not as relaxing. With the end of the year wrapping up I decided to proctor 15 AP exams, write for two blogs, plan and throw two huge parties: a Lip Sync Battle Party (hi Jimmy Fallon!) and the End of the Year party which includes the mothership of homemade videos that includes 9 different sections and a “film crew” (it runs about...