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Let’s start here. The most important stuff I’ve learned I think I’ve learned from novels. It has to do with empathy. It has to do with being comfortable with the notion that the world is complicated and full of…

Liberate the Summer Vibe

According to some, summer was over before it even started. Back in May, I got an email from our elementary school announcing that the deadline to order school supplies for the 2017/2018 school year was coming up. I stared…

The Who of Summer

The idea of summer evokes a lot of images… all of them include sun, bikinis, cocktails and large bodies of water. And loved ones. Always, loved ones. Because, let’s be honest, most memories aren’t created alone. I recently returned…

Voices from the I-5

I just got back from a five day road trip with my little big girls. Most of our time on the road was spent with them reading books and watching movies while I listened to a long queue of…

Digging for motivation

One of the things that motivates my healthy lifestyle is performance. I love feeling like I CAN, I WILL, I JUST FUGGIN DID! It’s what gets me up at 5am most mornings. It’s what reminds me to give it…

Hello Pregnancy: adjusting my workout routine 

When it comes to my fitness activities, I like to forget that I am pregnant. I keep up whatever I’m used to as long as it is comfortable. After all, I know my body and can respect my limits.…

Ride Like a Mother

It’s 6:10 am on a Tuesday and I’m riding like a mother. I’m in the communion of a pack of fellow bleary-eyed humans who, like me, have decided to wake up and take charge of their day. We’re bonded…

I’m your Cellulite Comrade

I’d feel so much better if I could just see everyone’s cellulite. One of reasons I disdain the dreaded moon’s surface so much is that it’s typically hidden by our daily attire. And hidden things often feel like shameful things. This…

Quiz: You Know You’re Pregnant When

I recently discovered that although I’ve been pregnant before, I’m terrible at identifying actual signs of pregnancy. So, I put together a little quiz for anyone who needs some help in that department. I suggest reviewing this list every 28…

Other People’s Children

I have two children of my own. On a regular basis I breathe a sigh of relief and think, “I am so glad I only have two, because caring for any more than that feels like too much.” It’s easy…