Wednesday, September 17, 2014

On Tomatoes and Multitasking

Back to school too often for me means a return to multi-tasking... and I think we all know that multitasking is the fastest way to get nothing done.

Can I get an "Amen"!?

So on a Wednesday just a few weeks ago, one that fell after a holiday weekend, after I spent the majority of my day doing what felt like nothing but still left me spent, I shouldn't be surprised to find myself standing in the kitchen at 3:30 with no idea what to make for dinner. Too hot to fire up the oven, too late to really plan for anything.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Acceptance in Arkansas

You're not good enough. You're doing it wrong. You're the only one who doesn't know. You're the only one. Everyone else gets it. You're going to fail. And everyone's going to see it. You can't do it. You can't. 

Did you read that paragraph up there? Can you even imagine how much of a jerk it would take for someone to talk like that to someone else? I can. Because I do it all the time. But it's usually when I'm talking to myself.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Mixtape Shuffle: TCB

Welcome to the third installment of the Mix Tape Shuffle! Let me explain how we play—oh, there is no time; let me sum up: the lovely and talented Marisa Mohi and I had been talking music and blogging and one day we decided! Hey! Why not do a blog about music? And all the other things? And we can link up? So we did.

This month it's all about the music that helps you get things done. The songs that motivate, inspire, and push you to take care of business.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014


I found a squatter on
my front stoop this morning.
In my life, there is fear.

Fear of real things, fear of potential things, fear of possibilities. I think the fear of potential things is the scariest fear of all—when you don't know what's to come it's easy to invest time and energy and turn it into something big and terrifying... even when it may be something that never even comes to fruition.

This morning, I faced several fears. I went out to run while the sun was hiding behind clouds and rain was threatened. The rain I can handle—I don't like to run in the rain, but in this heat? It might not be so bad. No, I was more afraid of the lightning that threatened. I could hear the thunder, see the flashes far off in the sky.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Hashtag Life

I've seen a lot of hashtags representing ways of life—#thuglife (best when used ironically), #nerdlife (my kids totally wear this one out as to them, nerds are the new cool kids. Or at least the nerds are taking ownership of it.), #momlife (self explanatory) #hipsterlife (just kidding—hipsters are so over hashtags).

So one day while out running (where the best thoughts are... thoughtted? Thunk? That just sounds wrong but appears to be right. #spellcheck #tangent), I was trying to think of what my hashtag is. What really describes me? Fits my niche? But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that a sometimes, niche is just a fancy word for rut. That reducing yourself to a slogan, even a catchy little trendy slogan with a pound sign (you know you know that's what they used to be called, right?) in front of it just felt like, well, reducing myself.

I don't want to be a slogan.