Earlier this month, I got a diagnosis for my son that caught me completely off guard. Now, it wasn’t a devastating blow or anything. On the surface, it’s a manageable condition. (I’m being vague on purpose, just to maintain...
I have always been a people pleaser. Always. It has just been part of who I am as a person. I feel obligated to make others happy. So when someone doesn’t like me, doesn’t jive with my personality, whatever...
As I head to yet another birthday party, my daughter is in the backseat beaming with delight. You can see the physical excitement exude from her body as she heads to socialize with all her friends. She can’t wait...
Going from a high-intensity job in the military to a premed program was an easy transition, believe it or not. Both were highly demanding of my time and attention. My now husband and my Post 9-11 GI bill were...
All the Feels

All the Feels

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March again? Already? It doesn’t make much sense to me that so much can happen in a year where we were forced to do so little. It feels like it was just a few weeks ago when we were all...
A common thread woven into the lives of many people I know is a longing for deep, meaningful connection. As human beings we are hard-wired to bond and form relationships with others. While early humans required those connections to...
This is an open letter of apology to the divorced mom I once judged. I could say misunderstood, didn't empathize with, looked over, or any number of other words. "Judged" however seems adequate now that I am a divorced...

Life’s a Journal

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The other day, on a group Zoom call, the moderator asked us to bring something for show-and-tell. I snickered to myself, because I remember being the absolute worst at show-and-tell in kindergarten. I was the kid scrambling for something...
Anxiety. It means something different to everyone. Everyone experiences it in a different way and at different levels. My journey with anxiety has been long and for the most part a source of shame for me. When did mental health...
New Perspective

A New Perspective

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For the past thirty something years of my life, if I made a goal -- whether it was a new year's resolution or one made in the middle of the year -- I had to reach it perfectly, otherwise...

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Chattanooga Festival Fun

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It's been a wild year, and slowly but surely events are sprouting up! Chattanooga is coming alive with festival activities for late spring and...
Best Burgers in Chattanooga

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