Being a [Step] Mom: Grit

I recently discussed optimism. And grit. Relentless optimism, relentless grit to be specific. Really you cannot, or should not, have one without the other. Because here’s the thing; life is hard and the only way to survive it is with your head up constantly looking on the bright side, while always being capable of kicking ass. Grit. It’s not easy to acquire. It takes heartbreak and practice.   It requires any ego you had to vacate. … Continue Reading →

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Being a [Step] Mom: How I Lost Sight of My Identity

Arguably the most disappointing thing I ever said to my father was, “I’m just going to marry my career.” He was driving me to the airport for one of my many work trips back then.  This was 5 years ago.  I had recently gotten out of my only other really serious relationship, had just bought a house and was elbow deep in building my career.  (Notice I said 5 years ago btw?  We are about … Continue Reading →

Being a [Step] Mom: Why the Kitchen is the Heart of Our Home

I believe in food.  Really really believe in it.  I love food.  Eating it, preparing, and especially sharing it.  It makes me happy.  And over the last few years becoming a [Step] Mom it’s been one of the most unifying things for my family.  The kitchen is the heart of our home. When I first came into my three step kids lives I was unsure of so many things.  Boundaries weren’t yet clearly defined.  And … Continue Reading →