Goals

I breathe a little sigh of relief when we cross the summer solstice each year. Even though we have many blazing days ahead of us, I love knowing that each day we are getting a tiny bit less of the blaze. We are on a (slow) path back to fall and winter. But we are making the most of it. Watermelon and corn is abundant at the farmer's market. There was an impromptu gathering at the public pool with friends where all the kids, 3 and 5 year olds, could not go off the diving board enough times. Our air... Read more →


May felt like the longest month ever – in a good way. I think this ws because the month had so many different parts: I had a week to myself post full-time job (the second of two weeks with full time childcare and no job), we went to Austin, my sister got married, we had a full week in Austin to hang out, we went to Galveston for three days, were back in Austin for two nights, came home to Arizona, had Memorial Day weekend, and then the boys went to three summer camp preschool. It was all great! And... Read more →


I'm writing this from the breezy morning shade of my front porch, wearing shorts and a sleeveless shirt. Already the afternoons are getting hot; summer declaring that it is on its way. May is the prologue to summer and this year it's a prologue to my new chapter. This month is about transitioning and decompressing and breathing. I'll have several days with childcare for both boys and few commitments. We'll also be traveling for nearly three weeks to Texas, taking full advantage of our more flexible schedule. What I noticed immediately in my first week of not working is how... Read more →


This is a picture of me last Friday which was my last day of work. I quit my job! You might have some questions. Like "Why??" And "What will you do now?" Or the question I always wonder when people quit jobs, "How are you affording this?" These are all reasonable questions and I'm happy to share a bit more... Why I quit my job For the past six years I've been working full time as a science writer for Arizona State University. I wrote articles (like this and this), reports, and helped create related content (like these – and... Read more →


I always look forward to the fresh feeling of a new year but this year I felt especially eager to put the past year behind us. Although it was a really good year for our family overall, parts of the fall semester were pretty stressful with Chris's new (more demanding) leadership role at work. And throughout the year, the state of our country and of the world weighed on me more than ever before. And so, usually I like to let Christmas linger but this year I was craving that slightly sparse feeling in the house when the tree, garland,... Read more →


I hope you have been enjoying a restful holiday! There is so much excitement leading up to Christmas and it's been nice to have some time post-Big Day to hang with family and friends. I'm thinking a lot about the past year and what I'm hoping for in 2018. In 2017 I set out with CHOOSE as my intention for the year. I still love my lists and goals but felt inspired by Erica and Sarah who always pick guiding word for a new year. Here are the goals I set with CHOOSE at the beginning of the year and how they went... Read more →