Running with strangers

Running with strangers

Dear Complete Stranger Walking In My Neighborhood, Hey, there, Douchebag. I have news for you: I heard you. I heard you the first time you yelled at me while I was running with my back toward you — you know that moment, the one that earned you a glance, which immediately frustrated me once I … Read More

The battle of postpartum depression

The battle of postpartum depression

I once heard the birth of a baby is concerned a traumatic event for a family. And it makes sense, when you think about it. I nodded in complete agreement as these words came out of a friend’s mouth recently. She cited reasons I was beyond familiar with: the trauma it puts on a woman’s … Read More

What pregnancy taught me

What pregnancy taught me

I watched entirely too much Dexter to feel fully comfortable with what was happening with my body. But then again, 36 hours of med-free labor will make you agree to just about anything. By this point, pregnancy had stretched my body to its limits and I was down to the final hours; I just wanted … Read More

Making tough choices

As it turns out, all of 2017 has been filled with really big — and incredibly tough — decisions needing to be made. I was incredibly fortunate to get presented with some truly amazing job opportunities. One would have involved me moving halfway across the country, and would have put me in a position to … Read More

Life and tragedy

Life and tragedy

When I was home for Christmas, I found a photo of my mom from 1972. While she looks terrible in the photo, it’s one of my favorites. My parents were dating and Dad was driving regularly to Pekin, IL from his hometown of Maroa, which was about an hour away. He was visiting that Easter, … Read More