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The Loaded Word

Success, now that is a loaded word. We are all told we want it and should go after it, with varying messages and results. Your parents want to see you have success in life, you want your kids to succeed. I was told to be better, have better, to succeed. There was never any plan of action. read more

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The Undone Won't Undo Me

It’s why I can get up today, after a night of interrupted sleep, and brew coffee and sit in my living room and write in the quiet, even though piles of clothes litter the floor in front of me, waiting to be donated. I will get to them. I resolve not to let the undone define or undo me. read more

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Teaching My Children to Risk and Fail

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You can Fake It OR You Can Make It

Motherhood is one of those enterprises that, due to its sheer intensity, created a major fork in my well-managed road. I knew, almost immediately, I had two choices: I could fake it. Or I could make it. The only way to survive is to invite someone into the real, beautiful mess of things. read more

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Courage in the Mundane

“Courtney,” I interrupted. “My life is so different from yours right now. Traveling by yourself for five days in Spain? It sounds crazy. I mean wonderful, but like I-can’t-even-wrap-my-head-around-it-crazy. Do you realize that most days I don’t even make it to the bathroom alone? ” read more