Kristin, Senior Writer

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Once Upon A Time, in another life, Kristin graduated from the University of Michigan with a plan to teach high school math. But then, life happened when she wasn’t looking…. She married an Army guy and 23 years, 3 kids, a few dogs, 7 homes, and 2 continents later she’s now a single mom living here in Colorado Springs. Along the way she volunteered for the Army, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and several schools; managed volunteer organizations, coached judo, trained to be a whitewater rafting guide, biked down Pike’s Peak and even managed to teach some high schoolers a little math before forging new trails writing, teaching and financial planning. She never knows what’s coming around the bend, but she’s learned to handle whatever life (and the Army!), throws at her with a smile and a laugh. She’s pretty sure you can get through anything with those, even if you have to fake it occasionally!!
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It’s Veterans Day, What Are You Doing?

“Support the Military.” I’ve lost track of how often that phrase is thrown around — it’s easily used.  With simple acts, such as wearing red on Fridays or placing a green light in your outdoor...
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Domestic Violence and Abuse

Domestic violence and abuse.  If you are lucky, it has never touched you. And I say lucky, because it really can happen to anyone. You may be sitting there thinking: no, I would never get involved...
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Middle School is NOT for the Faint of Heart

Middle school is rough, even when you’re 40. It might even be harder.  I recently had an experience that reminded me all over again of middle school, and how socially rough it can be to...
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The Power of an Apology

I’ve taught my kids to say they are sorry when something happens.  But it wasn’t until I had to start explaining why we apologize that I started to understand the value and power of...
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Divorced Parents Parenting Through Coronavirus

Co-parenting is hard.  Unless you’re one of those one-in-a-million divorced people that gets along great with your ex, coronavirus has made co-parenting phenomenally more difficult. A guidebook for co-parenting through a pandemic?  Yes, please. There is no...
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Love in the Time of COVID

COVID has rolled in like a giant wave.  It’s changed us.  Some for the better, some not. There is talk about how it is affecting relationships, people are bonding and developing deeper relationships – or...
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Stay Calm. You’ve GOT This. Now Make Sure THE KIDS See That.

I want my kids to have faith that I can handle anything. I want my kids to learn how to handle things themselves. I want my kids to have faith in their ability to handle things all by themselves. This doesn't happen overnight.  This doesn't happen from one conversation. It happens when we show them, model for them, and reinforce it.
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The Shame of Staying Too Long

“Now, will you finally leave him?” Surprise, shock, and disbelief each took their turn. “What do you mean? Why would you say that?” She took her time. But here in this moment, the years of therapy we...
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When Plan A Fails: Improvise, Adapt and Overcome

As I sit here today, I can’t help looking around and wondering how I got here. That’s the crazy thing about life. You don’t know where it’s going.  You can’t see the twists and turns that...
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Gaslighting, Flowers and the Power of One Simple Truth

It’s funny how one thing can come to represent something completely unrelated. How something very simple can come to be symbolic of something very complex. For me it’s flowers. Simple. Beautiful. For me they’ve...