Friends Are the Family You Choose

We’ve all likely heard the phrase, “Friends Are the Family You Choose.” It’s the kind of thing that gets monogrammed, cross-stitched and printed on T-shirts and stuff. It can be one of those phrases we say and don’t think much about and it can also seem a little schmaltzy. Over the weekend, while at a…

How Bad Do You Want It?

You have to want it more than the thing that is keeping you from reaching your goal. For example, if you want to lose weight, you have to want that result so bad that you are willing to make sacrifices.  Nothing in life comes without some cost.  You, me, we all have to work for…

Conditioned Silence

I would consider myself to be a feminist. I believe in equality for all. I believe in fairness. I believe in everyone’s right to autonomy and privacy. And yet, over the weekend I had the weirdest experience that went a long way in illustrating just how pervasive and insidious oppressive social norms can be. It’s…

Fresh Starts

  Over the last two weeks, I have been painting our bedroom and bathroom.  It’s been on my list for a solid year, but it has been hard to motivate myself for such a task.  I have painted our entire house more than once over the years.  Some rooms I have painted more times than…

Keeping Climbing, the View is Worth It

A few weeks ago John and I visited Clingmans Dome, which is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was a rather hilarious choice as we were a day and a half from completing a 24-hour race and we were still sore and tired so who decides to climb up a…