How to Be a Loser Tourist in NYC

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I took a whirlwind trip to New York this week. I left around 9:00 on Monday morning and flew back on Tuesday, arriving home just after 9:00 p.m. If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen some tweets from me about what I was doing, but if not, I’ll be writing more about […]

Is Comparison the Thief of Your Joy?

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Be honest. Recently, I was at the gym. Mayberry is an active community with a lot of retirees, so on weekdays I see a lot of them on the treadmills with a few moms like me sprinkled in. At 44, I’m no spring chicken, of course, but I’ve been a runner for a number of years […]

On Clouds and Sunshine

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It probably comes as no great shock to hear that I have struggled with the blog this summer. What you may not know is why. It’s not a lack of time or a shortage of topics that plagues me, but a fear of ripping off my emotional Band-Aids and letting the wounds ooze out onto […]

Time to Bleed

Six years. Over half of Sarah Kate’s life … All of Nathan’s (plus two years) … All of the time that we’ve lived in Mayberry  … One-third of the length of our marriage … That’s how long I served on the national council of Sigma Kappa sorority, and on Saturday night, that era came to […]

How Momma Got Her Groove Back

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A few weeks ago, my friend Stephanie invited me to join her at a scrapbooking retreat. I’ve always believed in the value of photo albums, not just as a lasting record of our lives, but as a way to reinforce to kids that they are treasured family members. All of our family photos were destroyed when our […]

6 Signs My Stress Level Has Reached Its Peak

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1. I desperately need to exercise, but I don’t want to do it. It’s probably more accurate to say that I want to exercise to let off some steam, but I dread it and have to force myself to go because I know that my body is so tightly wound that every running step will […]

In the Balance

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I stand frozen, struggling to decide whether to continue moving forward along my metaphorical balance beam or to choose to jump off to the right or to the left. To my right, there is laughter; to my left there are tears. I have felt this way at other times in my life – most, but […]

Frozen

Please tell me I’m not the only one. I don’t know if it’s the weather, or worrying about Sarah Kate (or Nathan), or just some kind of pre-menopausal (I am now 44!) brain fog, but I’ve been frozen inside for the past several weeks. I sit down to write – something, anything! – and no […]

Uncle!!!

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Yes, that sound you hear is me crying Uncle! So I completed the Back-2-Back Challenge this weekend: I ran the Mississippi Blues Half Marathon in Jackson, MS on Saturday morning, then drove the four-ish hours back home that afternoon to run the First Light Half Marathon in Mobile on Sunday morning. Four of us made […]

Headlines, Clichés, and Getting More Than You Can Handle

I traveled to Indianapolis this weekend, flying up on Friday evening and back on Sunday with lots of meeting in between. Weekends like these always wear me out, and worrying about the enormous weather front I was trying to escape made it a little more stressful than usual. I decided on Monday morning after I […]