I’ve had several conversations the last couple weeks with people who want to talk about my “before” and “after.” It’s been sort of a weird, out-of-body experience for me all the way around, but particularly each morning as I step on the scale. There is a “before,” when I weighed 250+ pounds. An after, when … More After the After
I love being a stay-at-home mom, but I don’t always handle the quiet well. The TV is generally tuned in to something innocuous—just to keep me company, really—though I often have no idea what’s happening in the shows I’m purportedly “watching.” I don’t mind the solitude. It’s the silence that gets to me. Once in … More For the Soul: Plan
I waited in line for lunch behind six LDS missionaries at Chipotle today. Watching them was the highlight of my day. It’s rare to see six missionaries together: they usually come in twos, or sometimes threes. Once in a while, you’ll see two pairs together, but I’ve never seen six in a pack in the … More For the Soul: Lunchtime Surprise
It’s been snowing this week. That’s not unusual in most parts of the country, but here, we never know whether we’ll have snow on the ground in December, much less a white Christmas. It’s beautiful when the sun breaks gleaming over the white-frosted rooftops, making the snow-laden trees glow as they catch the light. Yesterday … More For the Soul: A Season of Simplicity
Not too long ago, I was at a public event with a lot of people–some I knew, and some I didn’t. For those who don’t know me very well, let me just say right now that I’m a bit of an introvert: I am very chatty and quick to share whatever from the comfort of … More Why do other people’s flaws make us feel so good?
I’d like to think that I didn’t hate who I was when I was heavy. I didn’t feel a sense of self-loathing. I didn’t walk around feeling shame, or like I should hide, or that I wasn’t beautiful.
Usually. … More On Self-Love and Self-Loathing.
Mary didn’t recognize who was standing right in front of her until she heard His voice. Sometimes, we don’t see Him right there, either, but He still comes looking for us when we are lost. … More For the Soul: Prone to Wander
I started crying on the treadmill, but it was because I realized something pretty amazing. … More Do You Cry on the Treadmill, Too? No? Just Me?
For the last week or so, I’ve been taking part in the Choosing to Love Myself challenge over on The Small Seed. I love this challenge; it’s all about loving who you are as a woman, right now, and not waiting until you lose weight or have hair like that girl on Instagram or fix those things … More Remembering Your Worth
This morning, I sat across a breakfast table from two of my oldest and most beloved friends, and I realized just how much I have taken for granted all these years. Katie and I have been friends since I walked into a new school on the first day of fourth grade. She introduced herself to me that day, and she’s … More For the Soul: Team