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I would say most people care quite a bit about their health. Most of us really value being well. That has been even more evident over the last couple of years as people have prioritized health as a high...
Aila and Ben are living what most would call a dream life: great kids, a happy marriage, a good house in a safe neighborhood, and financial security. By all appearances, they live comfortably together in their Pacific Northwest suburb...
Exercise. We all know we need it. But making time for it is a challenge, especially for busy moms. Knowing what type and how much exercise we need are not easily determined, either. To me, one of the most overlooked...
If you haven't had "We Don't Talk About Bruno" stuck in your head over the past few months, you may be living under a rock. I would love to join you under that rock; now that my three-year-old has figured...
The southern Mojave Desert doesn't experience spring in ways that are traditional to other regions of the United States. Aside from the gorgeous flowers that sometimes bloom on mature Joshua Trees, signs of spring aren't all that obvious here. But...
Feeling constantly overwhelmed, being pulled in all different directions, trying to make everyone happy and putting yourself last. Does that sound familiar? I struggled with boundaries for most of my adult life. As a teacher, I had a hard time...
The power cuts out mid-cupcake baking session.  The oven clicks off, the mixer stops whirring, and the sound machine upstairs falls silent. Twenty seconds later, the first wail erupts from my son’s room. “Looks like brother bear is up,” my daughter...
“Yikes!” I thought as I looked down at my red, cracked hands on the steering wheel the other day. After hand washing, diaper changing, hand sanitizing, dishwashing, giving baths, cleaning, and the relentless dry heat of the winter months,...
Imagine you were working in your dream job or profession. For Nella, the main character of this month's book club pick, this is a reality. She is working in a prestigious publishing house, working tirelessly up the corporate ladder...
My 40th birthday is just around the corner. And I'm excited. I feel healthier and happier at almost 40 than I did at 35 years old. In those days, I was not feeling well. I knew something was off with...
I started donating blood in high school. I’d like to say I was an altruistic teenager, but I signed up with my friend Matt because I heard we could get out of English and that there were Lorna Doone and Famous...
I am writing this post as I watch the snow lightly fall on my back porch. That might sound splendid to some, but this winter has been one of the colder ones in my recent memory, and I am...

Military Lifestyle

When Being All You Could Be, Doesn’t End the Way You...

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I have been associated with the military my entire life; an association that spans three generations of service. In a previous blog I wrote...

Meet Taylor Whitson