Emily

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Emily is a Colorado Springs native who is passionate about volunteering and community engagement. She currently serves on the board of Teen Court and works for the Rocky Mountain ADA Center. Her pre-teen daughter, Amelia, keeps her busy, challenged and entertained. Emily is a self-proclaimed nerd and spends time reading, going to shows, playing games and exploring Colorado. She is obsessed with otters and soft pretzels and is a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society. She hopes to inspire and inform other young, single mothers and to be a resource for any parent in a non-traditional family. Emily is a brand new aunt and you better believe she’s going by “Auntie Em.”
Gender identity

Understanding Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sexual Orientation

One of the major developmental milestones we all face is the forming of our gender and sexual orientation. Most of us are pretty clear on sexual orientation, but many of us don’t have a...
2021

My Wishes for 2021

If there’s anything that 2020 has taught me, it’s that sometimes, no matter how smart your goals, or how well-intended your resolutions, the universe may have other ideas. I don’t need to list all...
depression

My Depression Is Cured – Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Results

A couple months ago, I wrote about my decision to try Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a treatment for depression. This little-known treatment is covered by most health insurance companies, cleared by the FDA,...
halloween

Is Halloween Cancelled?

A few weeks ago, it suddenly hit me that as we wrap up the year in the midst of a pandemic, we’re going to have to re-think all of our holiday traditions. I didn’t...
YouTube

My Top 5 Favorite YouTube Channels

I don’t know about you, but I am getting sick of the endless search for something to watch on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime. Mostly, it’s because I don’t want to devote days on...
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS): My Journey Begins

When I was 14, my mom took me to the family doctor because I was sleeping excessively and, she eventually discovered, self-harming. As a result of that appointment, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, a...
mix cd

New Mom Playlist: Making a Mix CD

I was born in the late ‘80s and grew up in the ‘90s and early aughts. In those days, there were no music streaming services, no iTunes or Spotify. We bought an artist’s cassette...
boyfriend

Moving in with my Boyfriend

It’s no secret that I am a single mom, in the sense that I am the sole parent to my only wonderful child. It’s also no secret that I recently moved to a new...
teenager

Things I Wish I’d Done Better Before My Kid Became a Teenager

I am very much a “one-and-done” kind of parent. It is by very deliberate choice that I have an only child. The reasons for this are numerous and maybe the topic of another blog....
moving

Mom’s Moving Tips

Next month, my family will be moving to a new house. It’s both exciting and daunting. I know I’m not alone in wishing I could just snap my fingers, and have it done. Beyoncé...