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“WE WRITE TO MAKE SENSE OF IT ALL.” – Wallace Stegner

Welcome to my blog.  I am the  mother of three children (4, 3 and 6 months) and two hound dogs (Basset and Plott).  My husband is wonderfully strange and makes me happy most days.  His favorite family member may be our Plott Hound.  (You can read about my husband here and here). Our days are loud and full of singing, laughing, screaming, crying, dancing, and shrieking.   As two OCD, type-A, overachievers, we struggle to let go of expectations, control, and order.  Happiness comes through embracing the insanity.

Prior to having children, I worked as a Public Defender in Denver, Colorado.  I loved my job, giving a voice to those that did not have one.  I loved telling my clients’ stories before a jury, giving them a second chance and revealing their humanity beneath the labels, stereotypes, and accusations.  We all have stories, deep, twisted, and human stories.  We are all messy underneath.  I find that what we fear is a lot less scary when we crack it open and pull back the superficial layers.

Honestly, the transition from attorney to stay-at-home mom was challenging (though I am lucky and would never change it).  A part of me was silenced. I felt my identity explode in an instant.  At times I felt invisible under a cloak of motherhood. You can read about that here and  here and here.

I created a blog, thinking I would write about parenting in Denver, i.e. preschool tips, where to shop, things to do, etc.  Instead I wrote my stories. I discovered that storytelling is what I love, revealing the humanity and complexities in all our lives.    It makes sense, storytelling, words, writing, reading is what I have always loved – when I was 6, fifteen, and now at 34-years-old.

Writing is healing.

Staying-at-home with my children did not change me, though it may change the way people perceive me.  I am a mother, but also a writer, a storyteller, an advocate, an attorney, a thinker, a friend and so much more.  I am no less than what I have always been – I just choose to spend my days differently.

Thanks for reading.

P.S.

I write during nap time. Time is short and editing is brief.

 

16 thoughts on “About

  1. I’m so proud of you! I love the honesty of these stories. You bring those everyday moments to life in such a funny and poignant way. Keep it up, J! Xoxo

  2. Hi Justine. I’m a friend of Shawn’s from San Francisco. She spoke often of you and sent me your link. Impressive, you and your link. I’m so sorry about your father’s passing. Your piece about yor memories of him is beautiful. Stay strong and continue healing through writing. I look forward to reading more.
    Kendal Lukrich

  3. Hello. Saw your comment on the latest Momastery post and just wanted you to know that I totally hear you on those pesky ‘likes’. They are a self esteem killer/creator depending on the numbers. I have to talk myself out of caring too much one way or another all the time. Good luck in your travels and I will add your blog to my reading list. Fellow monkee and blogger, Karmen

  4. Wow. We have so much in common, it’s uncanny. Thank you for leading me to find you! (Btw, aside from also being simply another lawyer-turned-mother/writer, I have an intense interest and commitment to public defense! It’s all I cared to study in law school, and I did several related internships–public defender, federal defender, etc.–but alas, I let the corporate world lure me in and never let go…I so admire and respect your path, and deeply share your beliefs on giving a voice to those who have none…) There are many words on this lovely blog that resonate deeply, but this: “I am no less than what I have always been – I just choose to spend my days differently.:” Wow. Yes. I’m so enjoying exploring this site, and I will be back again and again. So happy to have found you! xo

    • Thank you for your kind words and stopping by. It was hard for me to leave the community of the public defender’s office and transition to being a SAHM. I don’t know if the transition was difficult for you? I am happy to connect and feel lucky to have found your blog. 🙂

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