An Open Letter to Myself

illustration of a love note sealed with a pink heart.

Dear Future Me:

If right now you’re tired. And feeling a little lost. It’s OK. The real world is sometimes a scary place and entirely overwhelming — and sometimes its entirely underwhelming. It’s OK. You’ll make it. Being a grown up isn’t always perfect, but what is?

If right now you’re a little lonely. It’s OK. If you’re wondering when you will find your people, remember you already have once. And you will find more. If you see families out and about and wonder when you will get your chance. It’s OK. You will. Stop worrying about it. Continue reading

Things I Don’t Tell My Mom Often Enough

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I love you. Thank you. You are amazing. You inspire me.

Thank you.Thank you for being a parent first and a friend second. Thank you for giving me good and fair advice, always. Thank you for teaching me to value myself, to work hard, to trust in God. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to skate. Thank you for driving me everywhere for 16 years. Thank you for candy corn after school in the Fall and popcorn on the stove just because. Thank you for giving in to the dog. Thank you for passing on your love shopping, passion for bargain hunting, and not letting me buy that awful swimsuit. Thank you for reminding me it all works out in the end. Continue reading

Quiet Coyote: and other things I learned from 5th and 6th graders

This summer I had the most amazing opportunity to teach amazing, talented, energetic, and insightful 5th and 6th graders at the Y. On the last day of camp, I gave each of my ladies and gentlemen an index card and asked them to give me one piece of advice for my new job.  After a weekend that wasn’t quite long enough on a Sunday that went by too quickly I pulled out these index cards and looked at the advice that these sweet young adults had given me. Their simple wisdom was exactly what I needed to get me through another Monday and is something that I want to share.

20151018_202956Be nice

Be cool

Be yourself and stay you!

Be strong, Be brave, Be happy what ever goes
your way.

Never forget your sense of humor (you will need it)

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Turtle Fred

Anyone who knows me know that I have a plethora of pet names for both my little brother and my dog. In reality, they aren’t that different from each other. Both are cuddly, both are small (at least till the brother grows), both are adorable and both I love unconditionally.

A small sample of the names that I’ve called them by are:
Turtle
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Fred
Freddy Bear
Peaches
Pumpkin
Snookums
Winny
Bug
Ginny Bug
Winnykins
Wuffersnuffins
Bugaboo
Pete

In essence, I love my brother, I love my dog. And I will miss both enormously when I move to Chicago.

I think this also highlights a theme of my blog: I’m not deep. I’m weird, and maybe even entertaining sometimes.