To the Boy Who Crashed His Car Today

There was a boy on the side of the road today on his knees, his hands in his hair, desperation and shame on his face. His car sat before him, smashed and mangled, gnarled into itself. I only saw his eyes for a moment as I passed, yet still they haunted me. I wanted to … Continue reading To the Boy Who Crashed His Car Today

I Lost Everything…And Got It All Back: We Survived America’s Opioid Crisis

Five years ago, I didn't have a future. I had an addict for a husband, chaos for a life, food stamps for groceries, and three small children. I had dreams, but they seemed impossible given all those other things I just mentioned. When I asked my husband to leave, I lost everything...again. For the three-thousandth … Continue reading I Lost Everything…And Got It All Back: We Survived America’s Opioid Crisis

Men, Don’t Just “Move On” Please

Last night I was watching Chicago Fire, an episode where one of the main characters, Hermann, goes into a burning building with a friend & fellow firefighter from another house. In a split second trying to save a man trapped inside, the two men are separated in the smoke & Hermann makes it out alive, … Continue reading Men, Don’t Just “Move On” Please

Yes, You’re a Mess & We Need You Anyway

I like to only show up as my best self. I prefer to only show up when I feel nearly-perfect. Perfectly dressed, perfectly poised, perfectly POSITIVE, perfectly inspiring, perfectly kind, perfectly communicating with others. I have high standards for myself, and that's ok. But, sometimes, it's not. When perfectionism keeps me from participating in life … Continue reading Yes, You’re a Mess & We Need You Anyway