Category: Cancer

A moody start to the New Year…

A moody start to the New Year…

A recent writing challenge seems to have provided just the little creative push–and the right amount of introspection–to break through a long silence.

You see, I’m not quite ready to dive into 2019 with both feet first, I’m still finishing up some things 2018 started and it’s put me in a bit of a mood.

What do you do when the feelings all seem to big to handle?

Advent Reflections: Savouring the Season

Advent Reflections: Savouring the Season

I don’t know about you, but December seems to sneak up on me every single year. This year, I’m on a mission to slow down and savour all the season of Advent–the four weeks leading up to Christmas–has to offer. Advent is, after all, all about preparation. But it’s the heart–not the to-do list–that gets the time and attention. When I slow down just a smidge and take the time to wrap my head and my heart around the reason we celebrate Christmas, all the other stuff seems to fall into a place that is no longer the boss of me. Read on…

More than fine

More than fine

No matter how much we’d like the road we’re on to be paved, without bumps or hidden hazards, life is just not that simple or straightforward, is it? The truth is most of us are navigating this beautiful life one foot in front of the other, seldom knowing where the twists and turns will be, but trusting that we’ll get through in one piece. For the first time in a long time–at this time of year–I can honestly say, I’m more than fine. How about you?

On hair and hats and Perfectly Reasonable blog posts

On hair and hats and Perfectly Reasonable blog posts

Four years ago, I wrote a series of blog posts I never ended up publishing. After some healthy self-reflection time, I’m revisiting one of them today; not actually publishing the original post, but getting real and raw with you about what’s going on in my head and my heart (and my body). I honestly don’t know if there are any wise or profound take-aways from this post, but hopefully we can share a laugh at my expense. Sometimes all we need is a little distance to provide much-needed perspective. Enough time has passed that I can honestly say, I hope you enjoy this Perfectly Reasonable post. Read on…

Round One: On Being Brave

Round One: On Being Brave

On the heels of my first round of chemo, I have some thoughts on bravery. It doesn’t always mean what we think it does, and that’s actually ok.

In her Divergent book series, Veronica Roth writes these words,
“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater. But sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.”

Sometimes brave just looks like showing up for life even when you don’t feel like it or when things are hard. And the best part is, you are not alone. Read on…

Happy Birthday to Me: Two things, 365 days, a life lived outward

Happy Birthday to Me: Two things, 365 days, a life lived outward

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how I want to celebrate my 50th birthday! It’s a milestone and I want to mark it properly! I’ve come up with two things for the next 365 days that I hope will turn each day of my life into a “hilarious, whimsical, meaningful chance to make faith simple and real.” This is your invitation to come along for the ride, no matter how old you are. Let’s celebrate together! Read on…