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10 Things Being Pregnant in a Pandemic Has Taught Me

Apparently I have a lot to say about this year—which is odd because doesn’t it simultaneously feel like NOTHING and SO MUCH has happened these past 11 months? Anyone else? I think 2020 has transformed most of us in some way. I’m constantly torn between wondering who the person is growing inside me, and who […]

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Career and Freelancing, Family, Health, Personal

December 4, 2020

Therapy Update: How I Found My Therapist + What I’ve Learned

I wrote a story a couple months ago about how I found a woman’s shirt in our laundry and proceeded to absolutely melt down. I assumed the worst and panicked and figured my marriage was over. Lo and behold, the shirt belonged to one of MY friends… It was a low point. I decided on […]

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Family, Personal

October 10, 2019

Cheated (An Overreaction Story)

I was folding laundry in the middle of the day today in our bedroom. I had spent Saturday and Sunday in San Francisco because my best friend was there visiting with her mom and sister. After two long days of exploring, laughing, eating, and walking our way through the city, I wanted to spend this […]

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Family

August 19, 2019

7 Things I’ve Learned from 7 Months of Marriage

We almost missed the realization we’d been married for 6 months. It’s not because we’re falling into the “old married couple” category yet (although some of my friends might disagree), but our half-year anniversary fell on Easter this year. And it fell on the day after an overnight girls’ trip to New Braunfels to see […]

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Family

May 16, 2019

Our Wedding Story: Part 2

If you haven’t yet, check out the first part of our wedding story that includes details about my wedding anxieties (fun!), the rehearsal dinner, first look, interesting touches in our ceremony, and more. The Reception We served tacos, chips, salsa, queso, and a side salad, for those who might think Tex-Mex doesn’t cover every portion […]

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Family, Personal

December 20, 2018

Our Wedding Story: Part 1

John and I got married on a cool, sunny Sunday in October. It had been freezing and rainy for the week leading up to October 21, but when I woke up to go for a head-clearing run on the big day, the sun rose without a cloud in sight. Everything about the day felt surreal. […]

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Family, Personal

December 19, 2018

5 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

For some reason, Christmastime can sometimes feel heavy. I so enjoy spending time with family and giving gifts (yeah, okay and receiving them, too). I feel so blessed this time of year to even have family to celebrate with, and now I can call my husband’s family mine, which just adds to my overflowing fortune. […]

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Family, Personal

December 13, 2018

It’s Not Your Job to Make Everyone Else Comfortable

I’ve been toying with writing about this for a while because I struggle with it all the time, but I still don’t have all the answers. “People pleaser” is a term that’s thrown around a lot. It can be a natural posture or learned. For me, I think it was learned. But I have been […]

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Career and Freelancing, Family, Personal

November 15, 2018

Everyone Has to “Settle” to Some Extent

I remember in high school, my friends and I made these long, detailed lists of all the things we wanted in our future boyfriends. (Were we losers? Probably.) Some of the more low-key adjectives included honest, athletic, tall, funny, smart, blue eyes, musical, educated, talkative, supportive, well-read, interested in the same hobbies as me, loves […]

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Career and Freelancing, Family, Personal

September 6, 2018

Why Premarital Therapy is A Crucial Part of Wedding Planning

I don’t think it’s a secret that I like to talk about my feelings. This whole site is basically a portal dedicated to my feelings. Have you noticed? (I’m pretty sure the toddler I used to nanny who can’t read and can hardly talk has noticed.) When we started premarital therapy a few weeks ago, […]

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Family, Personal

August 31, 2018