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Beginning Minimalism… When You Have No Interest In Minimalism

To many, the word minimalism is intimidating. The image that comes to mind when I think of minimalism is basically the opposite of the toys, clothing, and stuffed animals surrounding me. I imagine an empty white room with a single plant sitting on a single table. The common perception of minimalism is that you own […]

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The Exhausted Empath

It’s hard. It’s hard feeling as though you are everyone’s “person”. Most obviously, I am the go to for my kids; I am their person for the good, the bad, the really bad (teaching them that we don’t dunk our raisins in the toilet before we eat them). I am definitely their person. I am […]

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Adjusting World Cup Expectations To Reflect Our Children’s Reality

I think I might have been one of those parents the other day. You know, someone who annoyingly thinks that their kids are the most talented or the smartest. I didn’t think I was capable of that, quite honestly, until I brought them to their first youth soccer outing last week. I registered them for […]

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Sometimes, You Just Have to Show Up (And Hope for the Best)

Several posts ago, I wrote about training to ski the Kortelopet, a 29 km ski race that takes place alongside the world-class Birkebeiner in Hayward, WI. I’d trained dutifully, regularly skiing both medium-length and longer-length distances to build my endurance. Thus, when race week rolled around I felt ready and totally prepared… right up until […]

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Living Day-to-Day: Navigating Mental Health After Trauma

After the birth of my fourth child, I had an Amniotic Fluid Embolism. I wrote in a previous post about it in case you are unfamiliar with the rare phenomenon. Coming home was terrifying because I was battling (and still battle with) short term memory loss (I’m a real life Dory!) and a litany of […]

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Cancer: Say The Word, Spread The Word

Cancer sucks. I wish I were more eloquent but: cancer sucks. It has been both my personal and professional experience that not only does it suck, but it’s also a thief! A cancer diagnosis and the associated treatment(s) (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation) can rob one of their energy, their health, their confidence. Relationships and roles change […]

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