Projects

What Do You See? (Project Post)

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I recently exposed my two children to the movie Cool Runnings. As with almost every other movie from my childhood, I’d forgotten about some of the swearing in it. The scene that I remembered, though (swearing included), was an important one to my childhood and I hoped it would be for my kids too.

Possibly-terrible-parent confession: my children have been quoting this scene relentlessly since the first (and second, and third) time(s) we watched it.

We all need a Junior Bevel in our lives reminding us to believe better about ourselves and then live up to it. So I put this favorite phrase on a mirror. Because what you see is important.

{Fun-fact: the white words glow in the dark.}

Oil Reviews

Monthly EO Review: Lavender (plus bonus DIY recipe!)

If you’ve heard anything about essential oils (and, let’s face it, you’re on the internet right now  so you’ve probably at least (possibly only) heard of oils and yoga pants), you’ve heard about lavender. It’s sort of the “original” essential oil, as it were, and a good starting point if you’re new to the whole… Continue reading Monthly EO Review: Lavender (plus bonus DIY recipe!)

Pop Up Posts

Pop up post: Leia Isn’t Dead

2016 seems bent on dismantling the building blocks of my childhood one by one. Many icons have fallen this year. And I’ve mourned each of them in some fashion. 

But Carrie Fisher.

Her death has hit me in a big way and I’ve been struggling most of the afternoon to make sense of why. It’s not like I knew her. She wasn’t my aunt or best friend’s mom or babysitter. But I feel her loss keenly, like something really has been ripped out of my life. 

I think I’ve figured it out. 

For many years, I struggled with the idea that I was somehow the “wrong” kind of woman. Too brash. Too opinionated. Too sarcastic. Too intense. Too little interested in living up to society’s current standards of attractiveness and femininity. Maybe even too smart. Finding and embracing my identity as a woman was something I intensely and truly had to work through. 

Today I remembered how princess Leia was the first female character I ever encountered who made me feel all of this (*motions to whole self*) could be an ok thing to be. And maybe not just ok but maybe someone who did things that mattered and stood up against powerful people when others were too scared to say “this is not ok and we won’t just accept that this is the world we live in”. Who rebelled with a cause. 

That was huge for me. I need that in my life. 

I don’t believe in angelicizing the dead. Carrie Fisher had her own problems, and she was not princess Leia. But in that is strength and example too. There are all kinds of battles to be fought, and not all are external. 

Fight on, fighters. 

December Daily Blog Challenge · Pop Up Posts

Pop-Up Post: The Charm of Repetition

{ December Daily Blog Challenge #24: Favorite Christmas Eve Tradition} I think my favorite Christmas eve tradition has always been attending Christmas eve service at church. Especially candle light services. There is something about seeing my spiritual family the night before such a big holiday, singing beautiful age old  songs together, and wishing one another… Continue reading Pop-Up Post: The Charm of Repetition