Freedom

two grey sprinter vans parked side-by-side

I saw another bald eagle today. They’ve been visiting me regularly for months now, circling above me, perched in trees, in my dreams. A symbol of independence and strength, they represent freedom. But freedom always comes with a price. And sometimes, casualties. Last year, we bought a Mercedes Sprinter van that we planned to convert. […]

The Armoire

Wooden Armoire

I really wanted to keep the armoire. For years, it lovingly held things I cherish: family heirlooms, fine china, and other beautiful possessions that brought me joy. Its stoic strength was a source of comfort to me and I wasn’t ready to part with it. I’d lie awake at night envisioning possible Tetris moves, willing it […]

Unraveling

Woman sitting in darkness

My husband and I decided to end our marriage on a Sunday morning while drinking coffee on the living room couch. I sat facing him—expressionless, hair unbrushed, stomach queasy—waiting to hear his intentions…and waiting to share my own. I’d known the man staring back at me since we were eight. We were high school sweethearts […]

Stop Telling Me What Self-Care Is and Isn’t (Please)

blue jeans and white sweater, self-care is personal

Before I get too far into my rant, let me first say this: Self-care is personal. As a registered dietitian and lifestyle coach, I’m thrilled to see so many bloggers and journalists reporting on this very important topic. It’s a powerful preventive health tool, and it deserves to spend some time in the spotlight. But […]