the next small step

I joke that I have an existential crisis about every three months, but it's kind of true. This month it hit me again. That panicky feeling in my chest. The racing thoughts in my head. What am I even doing?! Who am I?! Mostly because I've had, what seems like, countless people casually ask me the same question over and over again. 

What do you want to do with your life?

I feel paralyzed when people ask me this. Is there even a correct response? I'm not sure there's any one thing I will be doing for the rest of my life. I may be a 32 year old wife and mother, but in many ways I'm a 19 year old frat boy (mainly my eating habits and my fear of commitment). 

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living an easy life is not the goal

I used to think making my life easier would make me happier. And in a sense, an easy life does make one happy. I'm all about "less is more." I don't like clutter, be it physical clutter or mental clutter. I do my best to minimize distractions and "stuff" in my life. 

For a while, after I became a mom, I was overwhelmed. I didn't know how to handle it all, so I began to make changes in my life to make it easier. Changes like moving back home to Miami, buying a house down the street from my husband's work, cutting down on responsibilities. I wanted to deal only with the bare minimum. I also made it my goal to make sure my kids had an easy life. Everything revolved around their schedules and moods. 

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my kinder grad

Liam graduated kindergarten last week. I know every mom thinks her child is special, but Liam really is! ;-) He's truly a smart boy who learns quickly.  This year he excelled academically. It was rare that he didn't bring home straight A's on all of his assignments. He earned the golden reading award and the conduct award. He has also developed interests in art, Lego building, and video games (Minecraft forever). Below is a letter I wrote to him in celebration of this milestone. I am proud of my boy. He works hard and always does his best. 

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marriage advice for single people

I don't usually like giving marriage advice. I know that each marriage is unique and deeply personal. What works for one couple may not work for another. I don't like to judge how a husband and wife have chosen to live out their marriage. There is, however, one piece of marriage advice that I believe is crucial. And it's for the single people. 

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