Fighting that Overwhelming feeling

There’s something especially horrible about feeling overwhelmed. It’s the paralysis, the circling back of a million thoughts with no resolution, the feeling of wanting to throw your hands in the air and give up, the exhaustion, and “just-whatever-I-don’t-care-anymore.” Mostly I hate the little voice in my head that whispers, “You can’t do this.” My husband … [Read more…]

Do the Next Best Thing

I remember when I was teaching English Literature and Writing online and students would email me, somewhere around week five of the eight week course, completely overwhelmed. They were behind. They felt out of their element. They were paralyzed. As best as I could, via email (that wonderful, sterile communication medium), I tried to breathe … [Read more…]

Letting in the Light

It was a personality test that broke me, a stupid internet quiz. My Myers-Briggs had never failed me before. ENFJ all the way, baby. Every description, no matter the unique context, (“What should you read next according to your Myers-Brigg personality test?” or “What your Myers-Briggs test says about what kind of friend you are?”) … [Read more…]

How I’m learning to love my body after four kids

My husband borrowed my sewing tape measure the other night to measure himself for his military uniforms. On a whim, I measured myself too, remembering all the times my seamstress mother wrapped the soft tape around my bust, waist, and hips throughout my teenage and young adult years. I’d memorized my “normal” numbers, easily rattling … [Read more…]