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Reclaiming True Friendship in the Age of “Friending”

11:00 pm PDT, May 14, 2019

If I am not careful, I can take friendships for granted—especially in this chapter of my life in which working and parenting is just so all-consuming. I mean, y’all read my A Day in the Life post. You know how razor-thin my margin is these days. Still, I want to be as good a friend to my friends as they are to me. Here are a few of the ways I am practicing friendship these days.

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My Good List

9:00 am PDT, May 13, 2019

When life feels full to the brim, like it usually does this time of year, it’s good to remember the little things in life that make everything better. I’ve needed to pause and breathe in, breathe out with the lovely things in my life.

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You Belong Among The Wildflowers

7:02 am PDT, May 8, 2019

People say our ancestors knew more about plants than we do. Not my ancestors. Three generations ago, half my family still lived in the city, more familiar with street names than the names of flowers or trees. My grandmothers didn’t forage for herbal remedies, they bought cough syrup and calamine at the drugstore. Yet it’s true that on a grander scale, our collective knowledge about plant and animal life has dwindled.

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You’re Not a Bad Mom. You’re An Introvert.

11:00 pm PDT, April 29, 2019

I had managed fairly well as an introverted mom when I just had one child. I had time to rest during my son's naps and, after he began sleeping through the night, long evenings to spend alone with my husband. Even sleep deprivation was almost endurable with just one baby. But when one baby became two, my margin dissipated and my stress levels rose. And when two became three, I reached a breaking point.

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Intermittent Fasting, Feasting, and the Perfect Pesto

11:00 pm PDT, April 23, 2019

Since the beginning of January, I’ve been practicing daily intermittent fasting. I’m not typically one to embark on New Year’s Resolutions, but after a crazy autumn season and the holidays, I’d been feeling an uncomfortable fullness, like I was over-consuming food in general and needed to take a step back. Even though I was overeating, I felt hungry all the time. In fact, I never felt satiated.

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