“I’m opting out of needing to be extraordinary.” I read this quote from Lisa Olivera and felt a multitude of feelings simultaneously. Hesitation – because what would it say about me if I’m not excellent? Resistance – because this goal (dare I say idol) of creating … [Read more...] about Striving for Normal, Not Extraordinary
Rejection Hurts. There is no simpler way to put it. We all at some point in our lives faced a form of rejection to various degrees and causing pain and hurt in our lives. It especially hurts when it comes from people or things that we have invested so much time, energy, and … [Read more...] about How Do You Deal With Rejection?
Have you ever read the title of a book or song and resonated with it? Even before you read or heard the words. This Is Me Trying is a new Taylor Swift song from her quarantine-produced album, "Folklore". I can’t tell you the lyrics, but I like the title. A million scenarios … [Read more...] about This Is Me Trying
This last weekend marked the end of our sons’ baseball seasons. Putting up their gear, I paused as I put their bats up on the rack in the garage. Since the age of 5, our oldest has gone through a dozen bats during his nine years of playing, each hanging on this rack like a … [Read more...] about Getting Gritty: Teaching Resilience To Our Kids
When this time of year comes around, there seems to be an endless run of graduations, sport championships, final exams, and award ceremonies. Our children’s performance is never more on display, and reminders of their achievement (or lack thereof) are never more present than now. … [Read more...] about Practicing (Im)Perfection With Our Kids
I’m sure, if asked, we parents would agree that we want our children to grow up with a healthy sense of self-confidence and self-worth. Evidence on the adverse effects of negative self-talk and negative self-image are well documented as predecessors to depression, anxiety, and … [Read more...] about Cultivating Your Child’s Inner Voice: Part 1