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Entries Tagged as 'sturm and drang'

Being Loud and Demanding

March 6th, 2013 · 12 Comments

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Feeling What Is

January 24th, 2013 · 10 Comments

I’m meeting with a surgeon next week. On bad days, it feels like I have spent my adulthood having surgeries and suffering between surgeries.  I’ve averaged one pelvic surgery every two years since my senior year of college, and this latest one, should it take place, will be right on track with that, as my […]

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Tags: on the soapbox · sturm and drang

Back Up Five Steps

December 1st, 2012 · 3 Comments

About two months ago, we had a one-week visit from my mother, and then a short break, and then a two-week visit by my mother-in-law.  Oh, it was amazing.  For the first time since Liam was born, Dan and I were both(!) able to go back to sleep in the mornings.  We’d get up with […]

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Tags: sturm and drang · weight loss

Me and Jesus, Weeping

November 11th, 2012 · 3 Comments

Last week we attended a new church. It was our first appearance at church in nearly a year.  I was satisfied with the first church we visited when we moved here, but my husband wasn’t. There aren’t that many Episcopal churches, and because of its progressive focus on inclusion as well as the beauty and […]

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Tags: building community · sturm and drang

Let’s Just Say, “Fuck Perfectionism.”

January 18th, 2011 · 13 Comments

Look, I don’t usually cuss on this blog, and I know that cussing offends some people.  But if I’m being honest, I have to tell you that I made a decision in early December, and that is what I decided: Fuck perfectionism. See, I’m building this business, right?  I thought I was building self-employment for […]

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Tags: fruits of my labor · gratitude · sturm and drang

From 30 to 20: A Letter to My Younger Self

August 5th, 2010 · 25 Comments

Dear Sally, I know the age of 20 is confusing for you, so I’m traveling back in time to give you a heads-up about what’s coming in life. Feel relieved? Good. Right now, at 20, you’re a girl consumed with swirls of emotions about nearly everything in life.  You feel battered by some of what’s […]

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Tags: fruits of my labor · gratitude · on the soapbox · sturm and drang

Crossfit, or A Very Long Story About How I Spent My Thirtieth Birthday Evening

July 30th, 2010 · 5 Comments

The older I get, the more I think success in life is about maintaining flexibility: to recognize when you need to change and to be ever willing to evolve.  It’s easy to want to stick with what has worked in the past, with what makes us feel secure, with what offers us a sense of […]

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Tags: non-scale victories · running just as fast as we can · sturm and drang

Serenity & Inspiration

October 22nd, 2009 · 11 Comments

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change: uncertainty about where we’ll be living in a year (or less), and the emotional toll that brings; ambivalence about whether my chosen grad school was the right path; the fact that some of my queries will be rejected; the exhaustion I’m experiencing lately; […]

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And Just Like That

September 12th, 2009 · 16 Comments

My mother’s voice cracked as she said, “Your father is moving out for a while.” My mother stood in the doorway of my Spanish class with a packet that said, “Congratulations! We are pleased to admit you to the class of 2002.” My ATM balance print-out read, “$ -362.00.” My professor said, “This paper is […]

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The Moments

May 6th, 2009 · 7 Comments

“so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens.” –william carlos williams I remember in high school, junior year, explications of William Carlos Williams’s poem. I remember learning that he was a doctor, a pediatrician. Someone (perhaps the text) suggested that Williams had written the poem after making […]

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Tags: gratitude · spring · sturm and drang