A New Way to Think About Life Transitions

Life Throws Curveballs Adult life can get pretty mundane. You’re going to work, sometimes school, going out with friends, have a significant other in your life and maybe a child. BOOM. Curveball. Plot twist. Major life change. That life change can be anything– a natural disaster, loss of a job, death of a family member, a …

Having Kids: When Things Don’t Go As Planned

Most people plan to have kids- when, how many, and how far apart. Sometimes this plan works out, but not all the time. My husband and I had a plan, but it went slightly off the rails. We planned for two-we had three. We didn’t have an exact spacing idea- all three are 18 months …

The Benefits of Therapy

My Therapy Story People enter therapy for a number of reasons- but most do it to work through a life-changing event or to work on something about themselves that isn’t working for them. There are other reasons, but these seem to be the most common. Many go voluntarily, which is likely the easiest way because the …

Lessons in Autism

Note: An asterisk will be used to protect the privacy of the facility I used to work for, due to the HIPAA laws. I was ready for a change in mid-2013. I had just come back to work after having a mini-stroke, otherwise known as a TIA (trans-ischemic attack). My new neurologist had advised me …

Marriage After Chronic Illness

Marriages go through many events- fights, family and friend deaths, job loss, babies, and other things. When we say our vows, there’s a part that says “in sickness and through health.” We say that hoping for the second part, never the first. I’ve been married for almost 13 years and had a mini-stroke in 2013, …

Five Secrets to Making Opposite Personalities Work

People meet up all the time. It’s happening as you’re reading this sentence. We meet others everywhere- the grocery store, library, Taco Bell, anywhere. When this happens, we naturally ask questions to see what the other person has in common with us. Do they like the same kind of music? Do they like to read? …

The Little Things Add Up: Fun Moments in Parenting

Parenting isn’t the easiest part of life. In thirteen years, I’ve seen a lot- endless crying, broken bones, a heart condition, special needs with two out of three kids, daily wrestling matches, and the list could go on for about a week. It starts out with a small baby step that depends on you for …

The Barstool and Mom​ (Guest Post Days)

I have often joked that I was born with vodka in my veins. My grandfather was from Russia, and that’s pretty much the national drink. I’ve loved to drink since well before I was legally allowed to. I don’t even remember when I started drinking, but once I started, but vodka became my drink of …