I started The Adventures of EveryGirl over 8 years ago as a way to express my thoughts. It turned into an outlet and a community who helped me through the best and worst times. But I've realized that the focus of the blog - my adventures as an average EveryGirl has gone a bit off-kilter. … Continue reading New Title, Same Me
I sat with a friend as I watched her slip a little further into her anxiety. Gasping for air under the weight that was holding her down, I recognized myself in her stress. It was six years ago; I lived my life -- such as it were -- paralyzed by the invisible bandit that steals … Continue reading Not Tough Love, Just Love
I don't even have words. Just photos. Our amazing photographer Katrina Graham of Katrina Graham Photography send us 671 of the most amazing photos I've ever seen. I'd love to upload all of them, but I tried to narrow it down. I ended up with 45. It's the best I could do. A few of … Continue reading Best. Day. Ever.
I love meal planning. It takes the stress of weekly cooking down a couple dozen notches. Besides the convenience factor, I find that we eat better and spend less with a plan. With the gremlins back from a summer in Texas this week, planning was a must. J was a reluctant convert last year when … Continue reading Meal Plan Mayhem | Return of the Gremlins
"I don't want to do this, it's too hard." "I'm triggered." "Why did you smack him?" "I thought he took my pencil." "Where is the pencil?" "I found it in my pocket..." These are direct quotes from my students, middle schoolers who are hormonal and dramatic and lazy. They refuse to learn some days and, … Continue reading Put on some lipstick & pull yourself together
*Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. I'm receiving no compensation for the opinions expressed.* So...raise your hand if you have a budget. *moderately impressed* Keep your hand up if you actually use your budget. *mmhmm* You're not alone, my friends. A lot of us seem to be under the impression that we don't really … Continue reading Get it together: Handling finances like a grownup
I have something to say. I expect J to open doors for me. I expect him to walk me to my car at the end of a date. I expect him to help me with my coat and offer to carry my shopping bags (which, no joke, are usually his shopping bags). Now, I don't … Continue reading Let men be men by letting boys be boys.
“Sweetheart, I’m exhausted.” His voice on the phone broke my heart a little. God, how do I make this better? I feel so helpless. When J is in pain, I’m in pain. It’s as simple as that. Whether it’s physical pain, like his hurt shoulder from a weekend of snow shoveling, or the weight of … Continue reading Stand by Your Man | How to help when there’s nothing you can do
Christmas morning started like any other. My 30-year-old brother allowed me to sleep until 9 am (some kind of record, I'm sure) before decreeing that it was present time. Presents opened, I made Christmas scones and we munched happily while the roast was prepped and went into the oven. Then comes the lull, that time … Continue reading The misery of merriment…
As I near my the end of my internship *cue choir of angels*, I find myself in the unique position of needing a teaching job in January. Normally an August to June gig, trying to find a job for the spring is equal parts luck and well-timed maternity leave. Trying to stay hopeful, I recalled … Continue reading Just stop ‘Just’ing | Finding My Voice