Aunt Flo Update

I really need some kind of catchy title for these things. Was more aware of making my rosehip and red raspberry tea this month and drinking it. I played around a little with white willow bark, but you aren’t supposed to mix it with naproxen and I’m on the fence about its utility alone. Also added […]

Lessons Learned

‘Tis the season for getting a new planner. My passion planner came in the mail today, but oh no! Past me ordered the wrong size! The compact version fits in my purse, but the full-size classic will not. Hoping I can do a relatively painless exchange and still get my 2016 planner by Christmas. The […]

Food of Love

After a trip to the grocery store and the farmer’s market, my cupboards and refrigerator are heavy laden with food to be prepared for Friendsgiving this week. As the holidays approach, I am reminded that feeding people is a labor of love for me. It’s one of the ways I take care of myself, and […]

Play a Day: Family of Origin

A woman cleaning house. Woman: “Wash the dishes after dinner.” “Clean as you go while cooking.” “Put your water glass in the sink when you’re finished with it.” “Don’t leave your things in the middle of the floor.” “Fill the ice cube tray when it’s empty.” “Don’t eat in your room.” “Take your hair out […]

Play a Day: New Growth

A woman tending her garden. Woman: Plants are so resilient. Pull off all their leaves. Forget to water them. What were brown stems, dead to the onlooking eye, Pull water from deep roots and bloom anew As long as the temperature is right. May I be fortified by such strength As I harvest them for […]

Perfectionism and Personal Growth

I am a recovering perfectionist. I say that because I believe perfectionism to be a life-long condition. Much like a recovering alcoholic cannot allow themselves to have a single drink, if I allow myself to feed perfectionistic thoughts or tendencies, they will grow back to their previous strength. It requires mindfulness and strict boundary-setting to […]

Days Like This

A friend once asked me why I reference my day “off” in quotation marks. It’s because working several part-time jobs, it’s hard to really take a day off. It’s true that working from home means it’s hard to stop working. My days “off” are days I don’t need to leave the house and go somewhere […]

Play a Day: Chicken and Egg

What appears at first glance to be a party. Upon closer observation, among those in attendance are actually depression, anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, menstrual difficulties, and, of course, the owner of the house. Since the audience has arrived in medias res, we don’t know which guest arrived first. Think of it like a murder mystery dinner […]