What No One Told Me About Losing My Mom

It’s been a month since my mom lost her fight with Multiple Myeloma, a type of blood cancer. Five weeks ago we were sharing a slice of my 23rd birthday cake and a week later I was picking out her coffin. While I received enormous support from family and friends, I wish someone had gone … Continue Reading

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Parenting Without Sacrificing Your Dreams

This article is a part of the #ShareWhatMatters campaign, a movement dedicated to sharing positivity, gratitude, activism and the stories that really matter.  When I first became a mother I believed that everyone else’s needs and wants were greater than my own. I now know that’s not true. As a young mom, being able to … Continue Reading

10 Honest Realities of Being Engaged

Before getting engaged, I often dreamed about what it would be like. I assumed it involved lots of ring selfies, champagne to celebrate at any given moment and nothing but total bliss and happiness. The way engagements and engaged life is portrayed in the media, who could blame me? I dreamed that my fiancé and … Continue Reading

A Letter to the Family of Christina Grimmie

To the Family of Christina Grimmie, I woke up this morning, June 11, 2016, to find out that someone I looked up to for the past five years had passed away. It almost doesn’t seem real. Tragedy strikes the heart and mind in a paralyzing way. To many of us, Christina was more than just … Continue Reading

14 Life Lessons You Learn From Growing Up With Pets

A lot of who we become is founded on the lessons we learned as kids. Pets also taught us a thing or two about life that other people just don’t seem to understand… 1. The phrase “too many pets” is completely subjective. Mom, this actually getting out of hand the neighbor lady thinks I’m a … Continue Reading

9 Things I’ve Learned About Being A Big Sister

Coming from a family of all girls and being the oldest has taught me a lot. As the oldest, you are expected to set an example and lead your younger siblings. With two little sisters, I was especially responsible for leading by example when it came to behavior, curfews, the way I dressed and the … Continue Reading

7 Things I Really Understood After My Mom Left

We all have a story. We all have experiences that forced us to overcome and rise from the wreckage of life’s most devastating disappointments. This is mine. A couple years before my dad passed, my mom walked out of our lives. She left her kids to pursue a life with some truck driver whose name … Continue Reading

10 Things I Learned From Losing My Dad

We’ve all been affected by one way or another by loss. Whether the loss of a loved one or the loss of a distant relation. And if you haven’t yet experienced it, you someday will. It’s easy to let depression and self-pity take over during this time of loss. I choose to look at what … Continue Reading

19 Things I’ve Learned in My 19 Years

1. Mom is always right. I wish my middle school self could hear me say this right now. My mom has always been there for me even in the teenage years when I wasn’t so nice to her. She always had the right answers and knew what was best for me. 2. Happy girls are … Continue Reading

An Open Letter To My Birth Parents

To my birth parents: Hi. Parents? People? Strangers? I’m really not quite sure how to address you. This might be weird, and I doubt that you will ever come across this single document hidden away on an internet blog, but here it goes anyways. This is for you, to satisfy the ever so slight and … Continue Reading