A Lesson on Rejection

"Will you go ask him if he likes me?" I asked my elementary-aged best friend. She ran across the playground in a full-sprint to the "hottest" guy in our grade. I couldn't tell what was happening, but he awkwardly looked at me and gave me a small smile. Moments later, she turned around and starting … Continue reading A Lesson on Rejection

Why Not?

My story begins 16 years ago. I was 12 years old and enjoying my summer vacation with my sister at the local city pool. We would ride our bikes down the block and spend our summer days splashing around with other kids, even on days when we had softball games. We were such rebels. While … Continue reading Why Not?

Stop Looking Away

When something makes me uncomfortable, I tend to look away. A scary scene in a movie. A bloody surgery scene in Grey's Anatomy. A painfully awkward acceptance speech during an awards show. "Out of sight, out of mind." I suppose that's the theory. Last month, I had an experience that proved this theory is all … Continue reading Stop Looking Away

If I Had a Magic Wand…

My first reaction was to play it safe and say I would create world peace, cure cancer, or make evil disappear in this world. While I want to live a happier, safer, and healthier world- I wanted to take a different approach and provide a different perspective. I would use my magic wand to make … Continue reading If I Had a Magic Wand…

Saying Goodbye to Arnold’s

I always tell people that Arnold's Drive-In was my first job, but that's not the whole story. My best friend, Toni, worked at Arnold's and loved it. She was always dressed like a cute 50s and 60s gal and raved about the food. Dressing cute, eating deep fried food everyday, and getting paid while doing … Continue reading Saying Goodbye to Arnold’s

My Two Cents on “Looking Up”

We live in a social world. And I'll be the first to admit that I love social media. I love sharing stories. I love posting pictures of my adorable son. I love connecting with people that I haven't seen in years. I love using Facebook to instantly connect with family and friends across the state, … Continue reading My Two Cents on “Looking Up”

No One is Happy

Fat. Chubby. Chunky. Big boned. Overweight. Large. Obese. Whale. Fatty. Big Bertha. These are just a few of the many names I've been called growing up. And even when I was pregnant, people would comment on my size: "WHOA! Are you sure there is only ONE in there?!" "You look like you could pop any … Continue reading No One is Happy

I Got Stuck in a Coat: A Lesson in Happiness

As I begin writing this post, I can't decide if I want to title this blog post "Crying in a Conference Room" or "I Got Stuck in a Coat" - because both of these events happened on Friday. Friday was a bad day. An emotional, horrible day. After nearly two weeks off with Cooper for … Continue reading I Got Stuck in a Coat: A Lesson in Happiness