Tagged with happiness

Six Weeks of One-Word Prayers

Six Weeks of One-Word Prayers

You don’t know what the story is about when you’re in the middle of it. You think you do, but you don’t. You make up all kinds of possible story lines: this is about growing up. Or this is about living without fear. You can guess all you want, but you don’t know. All you … Continue reading

Beautiful Like Penny Candies and Mermaid Hair

Beautiful Like Penny Candies and Mermaid Hair

The six-year-old me put the quirk in quirkster. She laid out perfectly matched outfits each night before school. She measured her pigtails to make sure they were even. She devoured books the way kids nowadays devour Spongebob. And she *may* have been a bit of a bossypants (Though thanks to Tina Fey, this is now … Continue reading

Waiting (Impatiently) for Your Spring

Waiting (Impatiently) for Your Spring

  Spring has an obvious way of making its presence known here on the West Coast. Cherry blossom trees erupt—literally erupt—all over the city. I find cherry blossom trees completely magical—almost otherworldly. The way they unexpectedly burst into a symphony of exquisiteness, seemingly one day to the next. They make plain, ramshackle houses look like … Continue reading

Dear Happy Costco People . . .

Dear Happy Costco People . . .

I am sharing some BIG feelings today. About Costco. Are you filled with warm fuzzies at the mere mention of Costco? Does being crammed into a warehouse with three hundred of your nearest and dearest inspire a sense of community in your soul? Do you get psyched for your thimbleful of mixed berry smoothie, even … Continue reading

How The Letter C [Almost] Ruined Me

How The Letter C [Almost] Ruined Me

I am thrilled to be guest posting for my dear friend Claire today. She has an incredible site on learning to tell your story through writing-The Gift of Writing -which you should check out immediately! She asked me to share a little bit of my own journey with writing, so I thought I would tell … Continue reading

Love Your Body

Love Your Body

*A huge thank you to my ridiculously talented sister Shannon Delmonico, who turned my Word document into this gorgeous-ness.

Remembering the Magic

Remembering the Magic

I went to the woods today. I went despite the long list of shoulds tacked to my fridge. I went despite a toddler who in no way desired to be wrestled into a car seat. I went despite myself. I needed to go to the woods. I wanted the wind whipping around my face and … Continue reading

We Need to Ask for the Pancakes

We Need to Ask for the Pancakes

I remember the first time I thought I wasn’t cut out to be a church lady. I was a tomboyish little thing in my early teens. Lavender glasses masked a solid 80% of my face, and I wore a mouthful of shiny braces with my No Fear t-shirts. Hockey posters of the Vancouver Canucks wallpapered … Continue reading

Only if I’m the Best

Only if I’m the Best

In seventh grade I was pretty much the Gabrielle Reece of our volleyball team. I would stand confidently behind the thick painted black line, scuffed volleyball nestled in my left hand, eyes narrowed. My right arm would effortlessly swing, lobbing the ball clear over the net, to the utter devastation of my less skilled classmates … Continue reading

Just for Today

Just for Today

Just for today I don’t want to be the strong one The one who holds it together Who keeps the peace And sucks it up The one who is counted on, presumed upon and expected to be * * * Just for today Could I leave the sink piled high? Maybe wallow in a bowl … Continue reading