Are You Happy You’re White?

We were on our way home from after-school care and listening to NPR's "All Things Considered." The story was about President Trump's proposed travel ban. Tobin asked me why the ban was being asked for, and we started talking about religion, race, and ethnicity. That's when he asked me, my bright 7-year-old, "Mommy? Are you happy you're white?" What a question, you guys. Here is how I … [Read more...]

Oh My Word…for 2017

I've never chosen a word for the year before. I've set goals for the year, I've done resolutions, and I've set intentions, but never chosen a word. This year, I set some goals around health, words, and some other things and have been writing them in my bullet journal. As I was looking through my goals this weekend, I realized that they were all related to Moving somehow. Move: change or cause to … [Read more...]

White Fragility and Me

I'm a sensitive person. The thought of accidentally or callously hurting someone is dreadful to me. I'm an honest person, I try not to lie, but sometimes telling the truth hurts people's feelings and that upsets me. And empathy? I've got that down. I can find a way to relate to almost anyone (almost). I can only think of one time in my life when I was actively mean to someone to be mean, and as an … [Read more...]

10 Months Post VSG Check-In!

Double digits since my surgery you guys! I forgot to post last month, so if you were on pins and needles waiting for that, I apologize. Let me tell you, it might be more that I have been really frustrated, so maybe I didn't "forget" to post as much as I just didn't feel like writing about it. I've plateued and then started gaining, so to say I'm frustrated is an understatement. However, I know it … [Read more...]

I’m Not Jealous

I'm surrounded by women who are doing amazing things. They go on fabulous trips and meet their heroes. National companies are asking to use their art, develop ice cream recipes, and shoot commercials for them. Most of these friends are people I've met through blogging...and most I've never met in real life. I get to watch their successes via social media where I can put happy faces on their status … [Read more...]