Find Your Focus

Find Your Focus

I haven't written or really created anything in a while. While that's generally not good as far as consistency, it has allowed me to take care of a few things (as I wrote about here) and has given me a chance to reflect on my creative focus. 

The last several months have been a really difficult time to be creative. In addition to needing to take a break to handle my personal life, family, job, house, etc, I (probably like a lot of people) also really haven't known what to make, say or do. Call me old fashioned, but I feel like anything I sit down to write or make is supposed to help fix something. Otherwise, what's the point? And there is...

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When You Don’t Quite Fit

When You Don’t Quite Fit

Life sometimes feels like a gigantic puzzle. There is the puzzle of the minutia your life and then there is the puzzle of EVERYTHING ELSE. I think everyone can relate to the feeling that your own life is made up of hundreds and hundreds of tiny puzzle pieces and each day is spent trying desperately to fit them together (or keep them from falling apart).

I want to spend a moment focusing on the puzzle of EVERYTHING ELSE. I can only speak from my own experience of the world, but I have always...

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Mommy, Tell Me a Story

Mommy, Tell Me a Story

Recently one of my kids has started to ask me the same question every night before going to sleep: "Mommy? Can you tell me a story from before I was born?"

It’s made me realize that to this little person, my life is a story. Every decision I've made until this point is now part of a narrative. What I view as a bumbling series of random events, decisions and mundane happenings means so much more than that to this tiny being.

When I was a kid, I relished hearing my mom talk about growing up in an old steel town. I loved hearing about...

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Adventures in Normalcy

Adventures in Normalcy

On the surface my life is pretty ordinary. At the moment, I am a 40 year old, middle class American. I have 2.25 children (another story for another time). I have a husband and 2 cats. I live in the suburbs. I drive a mini van. I'll let you in on a little secret though: every chapter of my life has been a totally unexpected, creative adventure.

Growing up I never had ...

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