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