Ginger + Turmeric + Mandarin Madeleines //

“In our own ways we all break. It is okay to hold your heart outside of your body for days. Months. Years. At a time. Heal.” — Nayyirah Waheed March 1st would have been my 4th wedding anniversary. I speak candidly about this because of how grateful I am for the journey of my marriage [...]

Pain. Chaos. Coping. And finding the beauty. //

Can I be honest for a moment, friends? This week kicked my ass. No really...it did. But like anything in life, there are always silver linings and little moments of joy we can grasp onto in the midst of the "oh my god, what is happening?!" kind of lessons.  While this past week seemed to [...]

5 things NOT to say to someone who’s going through a divorce/breakup //

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 [...]

Why you’re not afraid of an unknown future //

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 [...]

To the other woman who has had to throw her ex’s clothes in a dumpster. //

   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 // Part 4: Losing. Adjusting. Reclaiming. 

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 [...]