I admit, I frequently observe with envy. Sometimes living in a fitness-oriented community can be like salt in a wound. You see, I have an autoimmune disease that limits my physical fitness capabilities. Physical fitness had always been part of my life until an illness took it away. Finding the right balance in exercise has been its own journey. One minute too long or one hill too far can set me back with flu-like symptoms for up to two weeks. Going from a year-around athlete to struggling to get out of bed was a huge adjustment.
Before you balk, my mom has cheated death more times than I can count. She knows this. Everyone who knows her knows this. I joke with her all the time that I’ll be putting this or that in her eulogy....
To me, that's saying that sure, my legs are essentially wet noodles, and my lungs kinda suck at being lungs—but, I'm alive. And my mind is still sharp. Well, less sharp after having two babies, but still... I get to wake up and spend my days with my two beautiful babies. I get to enjoy my relationship with my wonderful husband. This gorgeous state? I get to explore it. I get to taste delicious food. And I get to play with our two hilarious doggies.
  If you are reading a blog like this one, you care about kids. You want your children grow up feeling loved and having everything they need. You want the best for them and pour your everything into equipping them to...
Imagine that you are a single mother with two kids who has lost her job and been evicted from her apartment. You have been staying with friends, but you have been asked to leave. You are homeless. Where do...
Navigating through the teen and young adult years is stressful and confusing. Imagine if you also had to wonder where you would sleep that night and whether you would eat that day? Tragically, homelessness is the situation for many Americans,...
I see you. You who share your wounds publicly. I see your vulnerability whether it’s with the hashtag or sharing part of your story. The courage I see in you inspires me. I admire your bravery and strength and...
I am so grateful to the huge number of simple, quiet posts, "Me, too." The number is overwhelming. It should not be okay that the majority of women I know, of every age and background, have dealt with this. Whether they were raped, assaulted, degraded, belittled or made to feel uncomfortable, it does not matter. It is not okay.

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