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…]

It’s good to have a Plan

On Tuesday night Aaron was gone all evening refereeing two soccer matches. I usually hate these evenings. They are long, tedious, and loud as I count the minutes until Aaron gets home or bedtime, whichever comes first. I could feel that familiar dread coming on but instead of drowning in it, I decided to make … [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…]

Am I cut out for being a military wife?

It’s gettin’ real, folks, this Air Force thing. My husband is going to Officer Training School in nine weeks and we are moving this June. I expect the wide-eyed “WOW!!” when I tell people about our plans. I see their eyes though. Their eyes say, “Woah. You’re insane, girl. How are you going to handle … [Read more…]

I’m a Stay at Home Mom with Student Loan Debt

Earlier this week, I spent nearly three hours on the phone and online trying to consolidate my student loans. The Navient customer service lady was personal and helpful. The application process was smooth. The process went better than I expected. When I was finished I felt both relieved and completely depressed. It’s 2017, ten years … [Read more…]