I was raised by a strong woman who was raised by a strong woman I learned to be tough To be driven To be strong To be fearless To be powerful To be motivated To be independent But I have had to become self-taught at the art of being soft.
It's no secret, friends. A couple years ago, the world that I knew was shattered. It no longer existed on any level. Having my marriage end and having the man that I spent 5 years with move across the country felt like being homesick for a place that no longer existed. It took a lot [...]
Years ago, I was told that I was "damaged goods" by some people I trusted my life with. I clung to these words and became a shell of a person for far too long. It has taken some time, but I've come to realize that broken people are actually my favorite of all. We have [...]
I went for a beautiful walk around Pasadena yesterday evening, and as I looked around at families, couples, homes and front yards, my mind wandered to the future. Have you ever had one of those days (or weeks) where upon waking up, you already have a sense of worry or dread? You're not alone. I've [...]
Photo credit: Chachie McDonald // About two years ago this time, I was re-entering an apartment that I once shared with someone I thought I'd be sharing a home with forever. I didn't expect to find so many traces of him, as he had agreed to clear out all of his belongings before leaving [...]
This time 3 years ago, it was my wedding day. Friends were gathered. Family was present. I took my dad's arm as he walked me "down the aisle", which was really around a coy pond. It was pouring rain. Nothing went as planned. Yet I felt incredibly at peace. It was beautiful. Later on toward [...]
This time 3 years ago, it was the night before my wedding. It was raining and hailing so hard during the rehearsal that it honestly feels like one quick blur. The journey from the venue to to the rehearsal dinner, however, felt like the longest most treacherous 3 mile drive ever. Los Angeles really wasn't [...]