Tagged: when life hands you lemons

I’ve learned a few valuable lessons a little too late, but may never have learned had it not been for those of you I’ve left on bad terms. 0

A Letter To Those I’ve Left On Bad Terms

I’ve learned a few valuable lessons a little too late. I run on high emotion, and I’m an expressive personality. These are often very positive attributes, but there have been times in my life when emotion collided with disagreement, miscommunication, and frustration. A handful of times, this unfortunately led to anger, fear, and pain. In the perfect storms, those were the bad terms on which we parted ways. One lesson I learned a little too late is self-control in circumstances when these common negative emotions bubble to the surface. Now, I’ll wholeheartedly admit that I’ve been squarely in the wrong at times...

Do You Believe in Signs? Today is the fourth anniversary of my dad's suicide, and this cardinal just showed up in my back porch. 0

Do You Believe In Signs? I Do. Here’s Why.

I’m sitting here this morning trying not to let my mind dwell on the fact that it’s been 4 years since the day that my dad took his own life. Even though through the grace of God I’ve found some semblance of peace with not having my dad around anymore, the anniversary date is always difficult, as is the day before since that was my parents’ wedding anniversary. So that’s where I’m at this morning. As Cooper, Veda and I are hanging around in the kitchen, finishing up breakfast and getting Cooper ready to go off to preschool this morning,...

7 Ways to Reset Your Happy Button 0

7 Ways to Reset Your Happy Button

Do you ever have a moment when you wish you could just push a happy button to reset yourself? I get into funks. I consider myself a generally optimistic person, but I can get stuck in a funk like it’s my job sometimes. When sadness or anxiety gets a grip on you, it can be hard to break away. Maybe it’s something terrible that’s happened in our lives, or simply negative vibes that have creeped in and settled when we didn’t even realize it. I think we’ve all been there. Some of us have been there for a long time....

If I could take a mulligan on my first pregnancy, there are a few things I’d like to take a second shot at doing better. 0

If I Could Take a Mulligan on My First Pregnancy

If I could take a mulligan on my first pregnancy, there are a few things I’d like to take a second shot at doing better. Setting up the reasons for a second shot at my first pregnancy My first pregnancy resulted in a c-section. The possibility of going through a cesarean came as a total shock to me at 32 weeks when my third diagnostic ultrasound revealed that my son had found himself in a comfortable breech position. I was totally unprepared for that news, despite the fact that a friend of mine had just gone through the same experience...

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5 Days that totally changed the course of my life

Looking back on my life, I see quite a few distinct forks in the road that were pivotal milestones. Based on decisions I made or the circumstances that arose during those times, the course of my life was impacted more than I ever knew at that moment in time. It’s like the butterfly effect — one slight move in another direction, and things could have turned out very differently. Early in my adult life, I adopted the mantra that “everything happens the way it does for a reason.” It helped me to understand and remember that in times when I...

Take Stress and Shove it 0

Take Your Stress and Shove It

In 2011, I learned a very important lesson. And as it turned out, it was very timely for me, too. It was the Christmas Eve service at Grace Church—and it happened to be my very first year as a mother. In true form, our senior pastor used a rather provocative example to illustrate a spiritual concept—the concept of what it means to truly trust God. He explained that Mary, as a new mother to baby Jesus, had to trust God’s plan for her child. She knew from the very beginning that her baby boy was eventually going to suffer and...

Renee Larr is not defined by her search results 0

Renee Larr is not defined by her search results

Type Michelle Williams into a search engine, and the last thing you’ll find is me. Depending on your perspective, that could be a really annoying problem or an incredible relief. My friend Renee Larr would probably consider it a miraculous blessing at this point in her life. Three months ago, I published an article about my friend Renee Larr’s story. Almost two years ago, she was the innocent victim of a malicious cyber-bullying attack that left some parts of her life in ruins. → Also Read: The Silver Lining for Renee Larr Turns out that sometimes the most lush and...

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The Silver Lining for Renee Larr

Renee Larr, my co-editor at Dish-y.com, has been one of my best friends for more than half my lifetime. It was a little over a year ago that my dear friend suggested to me that we work together to start a blog. We share similar interests surrounding food, entertaining, and the like. We thought we could turn some of our experience into advice, inspiration, and encouragement for women going through life’s transitions like getting married and having babies. Writing a blog struck us both as a refreshing idea, particularly since we were each facing some personal struggles and needed a...