8 words I wish we had in English, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

Earlier this week, I wrote about hygge, the Danish art of enjoying the cozy, comfortable and intimate feeling of a perfect moment. Hygge is difficult to define in English because it takes about a dozen words to attempt to recreate the sentiment…and even then it’s still not an exact match. I’m fascinated with language translation,…

Unpopular opinions: Christmas letters are the worst!

Two disclaimers: My husband cautioned this post was a bad idea when I told him what I was writing about. I’d write it, he suggested, and shortly there after we’d get a Christmas letter from someone who would also read the blog, and I could therefore assume I had offended them. Sure enough, less than…

If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything on social media!

Once upon a time, when the idea for this blog first crept up, I dreamed of having a guest video segment with my friend Kim. We were going to call in “Unpopular Opinions with Kim,” and it was essentially going to be a three-minute rant/conversation about something that Kim didn’t like, understand, or see the…

I should have given this toast at my thirtieth birthday party

Saturday is my birthday. I’ll be 31 years old. Somewhere around the age of 25 my birthday started to feel less like a momentous occasion to celebrate, and more like one more day in the inevitable march towards old age. Of all my birthdays, I took 25 the hardest. I saw myself as halfway to…

On the quest for self actualization, ask Google!

Let’s talk about self actualization. We’re all on this vast journey of self discovery, but somewhere along the way we hopefully realize we actually know quite a bit about ourselves, and who we are, and what we stand for, and that’s a good and comforting feeling. There’s a lot to be said for being comfortable…

Pick up a pen and write something

A friend recently shared the Writing Contest: You are enough with me on social media. As a blogger, I’m always looking for new thoughts and ideas to share with my readers. But readers, hear what I have to say today. I love and appreciate you as a audience, but today, it’s time for you to pick up…

The gINKgo project, Friday kudos, and wine for your weekend

When I was in college, I discovered PostSecret. For those of you unfamiliar, the concept is ingeniously simple. Started by Frank Warren as an art project, the site posts people’s secrets, which it receives from postcards on which are written confessions that people mail in anonymously, the act of which is supposed to bring the…

Getting published and our quest for validation

Fill in the blank… I am a______________________________________________________. (And be nice to yourself about it! This is a post about validation.) I am a writer. This is an innate truth about myself that I have always known. I love to write. I have always loved to write. As a kid, I wrote stories in booklets my parents…