People vs. Things

I like things.

Cute things. Shiny things. Pretty things. New things. Old things.
Cool things. Nerdy things. Techy things. Nostalgic things. Clean things.
Smelly things. Art things. Organized things. Musical things. Quiet things.


I value people MORE than things.
Meaningful relationships & experiences are important to me.
Memories matter.

My hope is that my things will only be the vessel for expanding my relationships & creating experiences.

If my happiness is merely based on the things I have, I will live unfulfilled.
I do not want to live my life by what I have to get, but instead by what I have to GIVE.

To me:  People > Things


So, this year I beat my standing record for longest time since last posting here. I’ll be drafting my award speech after I complete my next post. But don’t worry.. I won’t be finished with that until at least the time my kids are in college!

It Won’t Be Easy.. but it will be OK

It’s been almost one year since my last post. I have at least 9 unposted drafts, which I started but never finished. I have had a LOT on my plate and on my mind. Some people have told me I should have been posting during all that’s been happening, but I’ve felt like I’ve had so much to focus on that I couldn’t effectively nail down ONE coherent thing to articulately write about. I have had some time to sit down and reflect on all of it. I’ve taken a look at the past year as a whole, gained some insight, and am finally ready to let it out, and move on.
Do you know how you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time.
You might want to grab a seat, make a sandwich, and pour yourself some wine (or whiskey).. cuz this one could be a doozie.

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No matter what happens today, I’ll be OK..

A few months ago, I was introduced to the brave & inspiring story of Heather Von St. James, and a few clicks later I was watching this video, trying not to let my kids see me cry. “In 2005, at the age of 36, and only three months after giving birth to [her] beautiful daughter Lily Rose, [she] was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma.” She was given just 15 months to live.

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My first 90 days (and beyond)..

In the last 6 months, I have started a new job, redecorated & reorganized our home, gone off the budget deep end & then gotten back on board (maybe a couple times), and most importantly: tried to work on myself, my family, and my relationships. Let me start by saying, I feel blessed EVERYDAY to be in the position I am. Maybe because I have previously had imperfect situations for comparison, or because I’m just at a point in my life where I don’t want to be bogged down by negatives. I know I don’t keep my home as clean as some people think I should. Yes, I don’t always get the time I want with my family or friends. I probably yell at my children more than I am proud to admit, and I don’t give my husband as much attention as he TRULY desires. BUT, I have some of the GREATEST people in my life & I enjoy EVERY moment I get to share with them (virtually or in REAL LIFE)! And sure, there are some people I sometimes have to interact with professionally that I would care NOT to.. but, for the most part, I LOVE my coworkers, my job, the company, and my boss! I am undeservedly blessed beyond explainable gratitude!

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..but What if my Best isn’t good enough?

Dear mom who can do it all,

Please forgive me for not living up to your expectations. I always try not to mock you when I don’t understand or relate to you, because secretly I envy your perfection & extensive range of abilities and talents. Sometimes I feel like I stayed home sick the day they handed out the SUPERMOM pills. You must have taken my dose along with yours. Now you’re unstoppable! It pains me to admit this, and I cringe as I am writing it, but I CAN’T do it all! I’m just trying to do my best.. but some days it feels like my best isn’t good enough for you.

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