It may seem like I should be comfortable writing about this pregnancy by now, but the truth is I still feel like I am tempting fate every time I talk about it. Still, I am trying to hold space for that fear. And excitement. And gratitude. And grief. So that’s what I wrote about. I hope this essay resonates with anyone who is trying to move forward with authenticity after one of life’s curveballs.
Is your social media feed split between masked and un-masked faces? Mine is and I’m fascinated. That’s why I wrote a meditation on loneliness and choice during the pandemic. Read my lyric essay Earthworms & Champagne in the NYU SPS’s Dovetail. It’s my first piece in a literary magazine.
When I thought about what I would write about for my bi-monthly spot in Pregnancy After Loss Support’s publishing calendar, my mind flashed back to something a doctor said to me right before an important ultrasound. She said, “A uterus is a potential space.” It’s an interesting way to talk about an organ but I think the reason the moment came to me wasn’t because of biology.
What research has to say about sighing and how you can harness your breath to feel good anytime.
A reflection on the value of living in an urban area — in spite of everything.
When I was asked to share distance learning tips with Her Agenda, I was nervous. I’ve never had a child start kindergarten in distance learning during a global pandemic before. What advice did I have to share? Then I remembered: no one has had a child start kindergarten in distance learning during a global pandemic before. We are all just figuring this out as we go. Here’s what I’m figuring.
In my first essay where I introduce Owen as the autistic person he is, I write about how I used to worry about Owen’s success in school this fall, but everything that’s happened in 2020 has given me a new perspective. I now can see that success isn’t the goal, growth is. I hope you’ll read my latest for Scary Mommy, “I Was Already Worried About My Autistic Son Starting Kindergarten — Then 2020 Happened.”
I had the absolute honor to join author, story mentor, and certified master coach Amy Hallberg on her podcast, Courageous Wordsmith for Episode 38 Perfectly Imperfectly Paradigm Shifts. I love Courageous Wordsmith Podcast because Amy is an expert at having honest conversations that come from the heart, and she approaches whatever subject she encounters with wisdom and bravery. That’s why I was delighted when I opened my email this August to see an invitation from Amy to join her in conversation.
A reflection on acceptance, adaptation, and persistence during the Covid-19 pandemic, social justice uprisings, and infertility
How the mindfulness practice of RAIN can protect your mental health during the coronavirus crisis.