January Reads

Book 1:
"A Spark of Light" by Jodi Picoult
As usual for Picoult, "A Spark of Light" is controversial and timely, dealing with issues of abortion and gun control. One afternoon, a man opens fire at an abortion clinic in Mississippi, taking everyone inside hostage. Hugh, a police hostage negotiator, rushes to the scene, only to find out that his daughter is inside, texting him for help. The book progresses in reverse, going back hour by hour, telling multiple characters' stories to reveal how each of them ended up there in the first place.

On Showing Up

Recently, I was listening to an episode of Arielle Vandenberg's new podcast "The Only Child" with Lauren Paul on as a guest. The two got on the subject of Arielle's 30th birthday party a couple of years ago, about what an amazing, special night it was. "Transformative" is how she referred to it. Surrounded by friends who made her feel so loved that she wanted to cry. A night full of dancing and laughter. A great way to enter a new decade.

I listened to this, two friends remembering one of their funnest nights together, and started thinking about my own birthdays. I don't usually have much of a celebration. I tell people not to worry about it. I wave off questions about gifts or special meals.

The funny (or weird or stupid) thing is that I actually care a lot. I want my birthday to feel special, but because I downplay it, people probably don't know that I care. I don't ask people to show up for me because I'm afraid they won't.

What I've Been Loving | Sunday Shares

My first Sunday Shares of 2019. We're 20 days into the new year and I'm already slacking on some of my goals. Remember how I wanted to get a better nighttime routine? I fell asleep on the couch every night during the week. Oops.

Finding Your Spark: Do Not Feel An Ounce Of Shame

I decided to start the "Finding Your Spark" series to shine a light on different types of people who are following various paths – their OWN paths, whatever those may be. Sometimes those paths have been chosen; other times not. The whole idea is that there's no single way to live life and a person doesn't have to be "famous" to inspire others. These individuals have found what inspires them, motivates them, makes them happy. And they've run with it.

Read all posts in this series here.

Believing in 2019 (Feat. New Blog Name!)

Happy 2019, friends. While I can guarantee this is not the first New Year's blog post you've seen, so what, I'm doing it anyway, because New Year's is the best. As much as I love Thanksgiving and Christmas, I think New Year's is actually my favorite holiday.