Happy (Hard) Holidays!

Was this last year hard for you? I want to remind you that you’ve made it this far, and we’re going to usher in 2020 together. But before we do, here’s a look back on some of our favorite blog posts of the past year.

  1. Go Easy on You: You are too hard on yourself. Please, stop it. You are beautiful in the most expansive sense of the word. You are enough. Right now at this very moment. 
  2. Showers of Tears: Although seldom now, every once in while, a strong sensation of sadness strikes in the shower and the tears roll. For me, it’s evidence that I carry a sadness for this man who will forever be missed and always be loved.
  3. Shine On: “There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” So go the powerful lyrics from Leonard Cohen’s, “Anthem.” However, I believe the opposite is also true – each of us contains bright light within and the cracks are where it pours out as if deep wounds are the greatest permission to shine.
  4. Daughter in Mom’s Clothing: In the days, weeks, and months after my mother passed away, I wore her clothes constantly…
  5. The Value of Strength: You are not the same as you were before loss, your strength is greater.
  6. #SingleMomLife: ”Pick up boys’ suits. Go to the drug store for the prescription.  Shoe store. Groceries. Lawn fertilizer. Crap, I forgot the return for Home Depot on the counter. Get gas. Do the boys have practice at 5:45 or 6 tonight? Ugh, I forgot to call the orthodontist.” The list rolls on in my head. This is single motherhood. 
  7. A Letter to My Exhausting Children: Dear boys, You are exhausting and relentless, and I’m eternally grateful for this.
  8. Taking Off After Loss: It had only been two weeks since his memorial service. Three weeks since that fateful day. Yet there I was, on this flight, headed on a family vacation, and succumbing to what would be the first of many panic attacks. 
  9. Mom Lives in Me: Where do you feel the people you’ve loved and lost?
  10. The Survivor: I’m glad that I didn’t give up. I can tell you, I’m proudly still earning my title as a survivor.  

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