This is Beauty

To love my own flesh, the dimpled skin and sinuous, stretch-marked paths… does this exist? There are bodies, smooth and svelte, women with limbs like art. And I have this: five feet plus two inches, breasts that drip and splay, dark knees like onion skins. I have seen shapelier legs, creamy and flawless, whispering beneath ...

Familiarity Can Be Dangerous

I cried when I got a new car. The snow-white paint was a brilliant shade, as if white had been reinvented. The dashboard glowed with new gadgets, a backup camera, a plethora of tiny buttons and icons, an interface exploding with digital technology. I slipped into the driver’s seat, and felt the flesh of the ...

Have We Met?

Today I took the usual route to work, my car laboring through lines of traffic. With my audiobook blasting through my speakers, I listened to an intricate story being narrated. I imagined the scenes and characters: a woman with dusty hair and high cheekbones, the city of Rome with its ancient statues and structures, fountains ...

The Worst Five Words

Pain is a personal thing, sometimes. Try as we might to let others in, there are times when they cannot come and sit in the dark rooms of our souls. Recently, a friend made a statement on social media. Fed up with the phrase, “I know how you feel,” she urged her friends to consider that it is ...

A Simple Truth About Life and Loss

It’s been longer than usual since I’ve posted here. Scattered thoughts have left me with empty pages. But still, I’ve been consuming words. I have been reading one of the most profound books I’ve ever discovered. When Breath Becomes Air is a cruel and candid novel, which is equal parts jarring and poetic. I’ve been ...

When the Holidays Hurt: How to Get Back to Gratitude

It’s sweater season again. The atmosphere’s aglow with holiday bulbs, tinsel-trimmed trees and the luster of long buried credit cards emerging at checkouts. I have a love-hate relationship with the holidays. A part of me revels in the romance of tradition, the spirit of celebration. At the same time, I’m reminded of unfortunate family dynamics. ...

Evolving: Post Election Thoughts

I’ve been thinking about evolution. It seems the word has been swimming to my heart's surface and sloshing around in my head, begging to be noticed. Perhaps the election hoopla got me thinking about change and the future, about my own growth journey, too. I’m not who I was, neither am I who I intend ...

Why The Rhythm of Life is an Illusion

Perhaps you noticed my absence last week as the blog sat untouched in the interwebs. I’ve had some long days and am navigating my new schedule, working traditional office hours and then driving my son to and from his very first job in the evenings. We always manage to squeeze in some gym time, and on some ...

5 Reasons Being an Entrepreneur Was a Pain in My Ass

I’ve had many careers. My resume is as eclectic as my wardrobe. And as my blog name denotes, I have a bit of a monkey mind and am prone to adventuring on a whim. That has led me down some interesting paths. So here I am again, leaping into a new life experience, following the inner ...