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You Are Not Your Status

You Are Not Your Status

Recently, there have been a slew of pregnancy announcements in my social circle and newsfeed. When I hear these announcements, sometimes I find that I can’t control my visceral reactions, despite my deep love for my friends. Self-doubt jumps out from the shadows and begins its barrage of accusatory questions. Why her, now? Why not me? I keep getting passed by people who are younger or who have been married for far less time. How is this fair? Why can’t I have the one thing I want so badly and have worked so hard to achieve? I can start to ... Read More »

A Letter To My Former Self: 2015 Edition

A Letter To My Former Self: 2015 Edition

Dearest 29 and 30 year old Erika, You set one intention beyond all others last year, and that was to practice presence. You came out of 2014 emotionally bruised and battered and exhausted by all the expectations you had for the year that refused to come to fruition. You felt your way through the start of the year tentatively, war-torn and bleary eyed, but determined to focus not just on the big stuff, but be proud of how you showed up for your everyday life. 2015 was slow and steady. At times it seemed uneventful and you were kind of ... Read More »

Well-Rounded Summer Reading for 2015

Well-Rounded Summer Reading for 2015

bibliophile: n. a person who collects or has a great love of books. This describes me well. These days I seem to read at least two books at once, and if I am loving them, you are sure to hear about it. My master “to read” list is sitting at a hefty 205 titles. I check my Amazon wishlist regularly to see if any titles I have been eyeing have gone on sale so I can snatch them up immediately. I will sacrifice sleep to finish a good book.  If I’m not reading, something is seriously wrong. I made a goal to ... Read More »

On Losing Those Last Ten Pounds

Every January, we make resolutions to get healthier. Well, January has come and gone. How are we doing with those resolutions, folks? While looking back at the goals I set in 2014, I was surprised to find that while I was still active last year, I did not cover nearly as ground than the year the before. I finally tried spinning classes (and loved them), so that accounts for some of it, but according to my Map My Run data, I completed about 30 workouts less. It was kind of disappointing to see those numbers go down, but I have still managed ... Read More »

2015: A Year to Practice Presence

I want to show up for 2015. Last year I vowed to use my time intentionally. I was tired of living life only sporadically examined, days and seasons whizzing by as I wished I had spent them better. I wanted to plan better and follow through. My pace of life drastically changed when I no longer had a full-time job. But I often felt like I was still spinning my wheels, trying to gain traction and move forward. Intentionally setting goals was not enough to make sure I accomplished them. We need real reasons to stop and notice and be thankful and ... Read More »

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