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My Article on Social and Emotional Learning in The Washington Post

Last week I was thrilled to see my article on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) on The Washington Post’s On Parenting Section. I knew I wanted to write about this topic ever since Sweet Pea came home from school practicing (and teaching us) her “soup breathing,” “birthday cake breathing,” and “pretzel breathing.” Her teacher doesn’t just talk the talk when it comes to asking the kids to focus on their breathing as a means of mindfulness and stress-reduction throughout the day—she walks the walk.

I have volunteered in the kindergarten classroom and seen the way the teacher takes her own brief pauses to collect herself, to breathe, and to show the kids how you can use the power of your own breath to be a calmer, kinder person. To read the full article (and find out why schools nationwide are increasingly adopting SEL curricula, and how you can incorporate the concept into your own home) click here.

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The best thing that ever happened to my writing life

The best thing that ever happened to my writing life

I'm not great with metrics but I think it's fair to say that I wrote more this year than I've ever written in my life put together, except maybe the year I did NaNoWriMo. I wrote at least once a week for Parent Co., which was my main gig, plus I wrote regularly for a couple of other clients, I took a couple of writing classes, and there were, of course, my irregular blog posts here. Writing frequently with deadlines constantly looming was (not surprisingly) the best thing that has ever happened … [Continue reading...]

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How I made 10k this year as a freelancer (and a stay at home mom)

how i made 10k in one year as a freelancer

Guys, I made ten thousand dollars as a freelance writer, running coach, and (primarily) stay at home mom with limited childcare this year... and I'm going to tell you how. I'm not saying my magic formula is going to work for you. I'm just saying it worked for me. Are you ready? I worked really hard. It would have been so cool if I told you it was all about the Bulletproof coffee I'm addicted to. (I'm actually just starting to get used to it.) Maybe you'd be inspired if I told you I … [Continue reading...]

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The Seven Best Books I’ve Read in 2017

I'm in the middle of my 46th book of 2017 as I write this. It was hard to narrow down my top seven pics for the year,maybe harder even than choosing an ice cream flavor at Sweet Cow, but I've never been one to back down from a challenge (with a few exceptions including but not limited to fixing our unruly towel bar and almost anything to do with computers). If you want my thoughts on everything I've read, including the books I didn't love, connect with me on Goodreads. I also post my books on … [Continue reading...]

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Writing. Speaking. Reading. Running. (Late summer 2017 edition)

  Writing You might have seen my essay on Bell's Palsy on Longreads. If you sat and read all 4k+ words of it, thank you. I know it's hard to sit at a screen and read anything longer than a tweet or twenty million (or maybe I'm the only one with a Twitter problem?). If you didn't read it, it was long, it was personal and I was proud that Longreads published it because I've never read anything I didn't love on that site. That experience, which included random strangers reaching out from … [Continue reading...]

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Excited, but a little bit scared

I wrote this a couple of weeks ago, on Sweet Pea's first day of kindergarten... before Trump pardoned Arapaio and Hurricane Harvey. It feels like a lifetime ago now. I could take my left if only the beige Toyota Camry blocking the intersection would scoot forward. The driver has at least a car length of empty road in front of her. I wave my arms like “What the hell, lady?,” but she ignores me, so I roll up a few feet so that my driver’s side window is even with hers. She rolls her window … [Continue reading...]

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If you want to know what it feels like to get naked in public….

Bell's Palsy

Write the most honest thing you know how to write about something shitty that happened to you, even if (especially if) that shitty thing wasn't actually earth-shatteringly tragic. Vomit up all the words and then revise them so many times you don't know if anything you wrote makes sense or is even remotely good but submit it to an editor anyway. Wonder if your words (read: heart) went into an abyss or her actual inbox. Wait for her to reject it, not because you have such low self-esteem, but … [Continue reading...]

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Sweating. Writing. Loving. Reading. (July)

Sweating I haven't been running much. While I was training for the Horsetooth Half, I formulated a plan: I'd finish the half marathon un-injured, take it easy for a bit, run a Mother's Day 5k, run the Bolder Boulder, and then jump back in and train for a fall marathon. But as the days turned into weeks and I remained uninspired to run, I ditched the Bolder Boulder and the idea of a fall marathon. I had been on the verge of an injury for most of my half marathon training. I had to skip or … [Continue reading...]

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