Miss Independent: Making the Case for Getting Help Once in a While

I have always prided myself on my independence; not just my ability to do things myself, but also my resourcefulness. I’ve always had a scrappy, “I can do it” attitude and a knack for putting whatever tools – actual tools, as well as metaphysical and psychological tools – are at my disposal to good use

Everything is Subject to Change

As this is my final post for the year, it seemed fitting to take a look back and assess what the year has taught me. There are too many lessons to cram into a 1000-word post, but the central theme of the year has been CHANGE. Since my third child was born in 2011, my

Grief, Mourning, and Loss Amplified By the Holidays

The Holidays are here and I’m mindful of the fact that I’m not the only one grieving this year. Feeling the need for someone wiser than me to escort me through the confusing process of mourning, I recently began seeing a grief counselor – a wonderful woman in her 70’s who has experienced some profoundly

Measures of Love: Feeling Grateful for Supportive Friends

“Grief, when it comes, is nothing we expect it to be. Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the kneeds and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life.” – Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking This definition of grief from the first chapter of Joan Didion’s

Grief and a Eulogy

I’ll be honest: I am sort of limping along right now. The only thing I really want to do is grieve.  Full-time.  I would like to be a full-time griever.  In a perfect world, these would be the only things on my to-do list – and even these would be completely optional – for as