(Not) Easy as 1, 2, 3

I haven’t found a real use for this talent, but I have a brain for music. If it has lyrics and a catchy little tune, I automatically file it away for future reference. Occasionally my husband will prompt me to sing random commercial jingles when he needs a party trick. And don’t think it was…

A Light at the End of the Cocoon

It all started at a gift shop in the Lowcountry. A dear friend who was caring for our fur-child in my absence sent me several photos, letting me know she was doing just fine. I proudly showed off their grandcat to my parents. “What’s that?” my Dad asked pointing to my friend’s tattoo. The word…

Artist-in-Residence

I am the world’s lightest sleeper. I am also the proud fur-parent of a 12-year old cat who loves attention at 3:00am. This morning, she gifted me an additional hour of sleep before her ritual head-butting, walking over my head, and announcing her presence. Y’know, in case I somehow missed it before. I laid there…

Cut Scenes from a Film In Progress

When my voice of reason introduced me to a revolutionary concept called Intuitive Eating, it took me awhile to sort my feelings: Is this too good to be true? Freedom! What’s the plan? And what’s the catch? For someone who’s followed one dieting plan or another their entire life, it felt a little scary (and…

Finding the Light

“The gift of life gives you the greatest opportunity to live and chance to rise above any situation. With hopeful attitude you can overcome any struggle.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita I recently received a Facebook message that held no context, only a link. The website belonged to a Tennessee artist whose blog featured a raw,…

Tearing Down to Rebuild

I developed a flare for the culinary arts when I first visited Charleston, South Carolina. I had never tasted benne wafers or tomato pie – and who knew using real cream in grits could be so life-changing?! (It was.) My husband and I came to one of those make-or-break crossroads with our weight at the…

Goodbye Fear

A few weeks ago, my mom texted me this photo with a simple caption, “OMG.” “Do I need to listen to this?” I asked. She immediately responded, “YES.” At the time, her music video was all I could find. With a voice reminiscent of Sara Bareilles, I was already sold, but then I saw images…

Let’s Be Candid

My husband and I are a part of this amazing creative community. We meet once a month to have coffee and commune around a topic, learning from different creative leaders. The series is led by volunteers, including professional photographers. Each month, I scroll through the Flickr account hoping to discover a great shot for the…

Self… Tolerance?

“Our need to connect is as fundamental as our need for food or water.” —Matthew Lieberman, Ph.D. I’m not quite sure when it happened, but somewhere along the way I began resenting myself. I wouldn’t call it hate; It grew into the type of relationship where you work and live so closely with someone… and…

Spiraling Forward

I’ve been meeting with a voice of reason for several months now. I walked into the room with a smile that faded as she closed the door behind me. As southern pleasantries go, it’s only polite to ask how someone is when you meet them (whether you truly care or not). I told her that…