Why Not Taking Care of Yourself Is Selfish

Hi, my name is Sarah, and I am a Recovering Mother. For years, I was Everyone Else’s Mom, but I never took care of myself. I thought this was noble. I assumed this meant I sacrificed more than others. I believed having my phone on 24/7 sent the message I cared more for others than I did … Continue reading Why Not Taking Care of Yourself Is Selfish

I am the opposite of me

I am a paradox. And so are you. We are clean and shiny in some areas of ourselves, yet disheveled disasters in others. The real estate of our souls and our yards is impeccable from one angle, and painfully unkempt from another. How is it that we can live with coexisting brilliance and ignorance, with generous … Continue reading I am the opposite of me

Anger management: how it’s going out here

Two weeks ago, I took a crazy challenge. But it was about time. Inspired by the brave mom at The Orange Rhino, I committed not to yell at my son for 365 days. With certain caveats, like safety and distance, of course. That was 14 days ago. So now it's confession time, right? How have I actually … Continue reading Anger management: how it’s going out here

Anger Management for Moms: the 365 Day Challenge

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about anger. My anger. The kind that fills me up with sadness and regret. The kind I dive into in the moment and feel I'm drowning in the next. Since I wrote about it, read about anger from other moms and started paying attention to my volume and emotion, … Continue reading Anger Management for Moms: the 365 Day Challenge

I am Jesus’ awkward friend

In college, it was getting easy. I finally figured out how to make friends, not talk too much or make people feel uncomfortable around me. And aside from the tumultuous relationships and the general self-loathing, my relationship with God felt relatively sturdy too. In the mornings, I propped up my pillow behind my head, then … Continue reading I am Jesus’ awkward friend

How to feel like a good mom when you tuck yourself in

Motherhood is teaching me a lot about my human-hood. And it hurts. I face off against the frayed and tasseled ends of my patience and goodness every time my voice shouts too loud, or when my son's unexplainable need to fish in the toilet stirs up my ugly, unreasonable side. I don't like that girl … Continue reading How to feel like a good mom when you tuck yourself in

How we spend our days is how we spend our lives

"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both … Continue reading How we spend our days is how we spend our lives

Good For All Your Parts Chicken Broth (AKA Medicinal Chicken Broth)

I've been working out the kinks on my own version of medicinal chicken broth - or bone broth soup- since my naturopath suggested it to improve gut health a few weeks ago. And it's an uncomfortable and painstaking process for many reasons, one that really surprised me. Every weekend, I get a whole chicken at … Continue reading Good For All Your Parts Chicken Broth (AKA Medicinal Chicken Broth)

All the Little Things

[Today I'm writing at Start Marriage Right about how the little things all stack up in our relationships, and how that impacts our dynamics for good and bad.] I was already going to be late, and I knew it. Skimming through the house, I tried to piece together all my essential parts before running out … Continue reading All the Little Things

Getting Around to It

I've been threatening my friends I would start running again for months now. All year, the weather has been cantankerous and volatile for months, and summer just wouldn't start. Until now. I was running out of excuses. In my girls' group, we've talking about the story of our lives and how to move towards our … Continue reading Getting Around to It