• _Family & Daily Life

    Here’s to the moms

    To the mom who brings her child her own cup cake to a kid’s birthday party, I know you get looks from the other parents, but I understand. Food sensitivities are nothing to mess with. I know you stayed up late working on that cupcake. You made it extra pretty. You brought it, not because you were trying to make your child feel excluded, but just the opposite, you wanted her to be a part of this party, and you wanted her to have a treat, just like all the other kids. but you had to make it safe for her. It’s not easy to see your kid on the…

  • deck chairs
    Living Well,  noad,  Sponsored

    The habit of stress

    Worrying plays a big role in the amount of stress I carry around. I worry about whether the cancer will come back, I worry about the well being of my child, I worry about how we will pay the rent. But worrying only increases the amount of stress that I carry, and it does nothing to help solve the problem. Sometimes I think I'm just worried and stressed because I have become accustomed to being worried and stressed.

  • be kind: we're all living in the gap
    Family,  Living Well,  Parenting,  Sanity,  WW

    Living in the gap

    We don’t get practice time, and then go out and live our lives after we’ve perfected ourselves. We go out and try things, see if they work, we fall down, we get up, we embarrass ourselves, we don’t die of embarrassment – but we don’t get to practice life without an audience. And that audience usually has an opinion. It doesn’t matter.

  • Business,  Creating a Living,  Inspiration,  Photography,  WW

    That thing that scares you… do it.

    I toyed with the idea of a photography show intermittently for a couple years, but something always stopped me. I couldn’t imagine working up the courage to approach someone about showing my work. I wasn’t sure my work was good enough. I was scared – scared of both failure and success. Then one day in the middle of a conversation with the owner of a coffee shop that I just adore, I took a deep breath and then blurted out a question that was something along the lines of “how do you select artists for your exhibits?” I can’t remember exactly how I asked, I could hear my pulse in…

  • remembering candice bailey
    Cancer,  Inspiration

    Remembering Candice

    We talked about how difficult it is to describe Candice, and have people really understand just how awesome she was, or how deeply her absence is felt, about the urge to insist, "But you don't understand! This was CANDICE!" Of course people didn't understand, unless they'd met her. You only had to meet her once to really get it.

  • Inspiration,  Living Well,  Parenting

    What are you looking for?

    I’ve written about my gratitude practice a few times lately, and one of the things it has most reinforced for me is that you find what you’re looking for. This video has been making it’s rounds of the internet lately, and for good reason. It’s lovely, and it’s inspiring. it’s worth the three minutes to watch. Finding Love from hailey bartholomew on Vimeo. What are you looking for?

  • Michele Lowe Meesh
    Cancer,  Living Well

    for Michele

    Michele had a way of telling her story so that it didn’t terrify the newly diagnosed girls. She would spin the story each time, so it came out with a message, a little moral or lesson to tie up the anecdote like the “you see, Timmy” at the end of each episode of Lassie.