Hope Blog

  • Why Share Your Struggles?

    Imagine facing a mountain. You arch your neck to look up and can’t make out the top. All you see is steep, rocky terrain and slippery slopes draped in thick clouds. You stand before it numb, overwhelmed and uncertain how to move forward.  Then, you feel a hand take yours. Suddenly, you make out a […]
  • Letting Go of What Doesn’t Serve You

    Who do you serve? Perhaps, it’s your family, country, God, community, pets or work. But do you know what truly serves you? Hope is one of the greatest acts of service to oneself. It reflects a deep belief in good, a passion for positive change and a willingness to take action to shape this world […]
  • Reciprocal Compassion

    I was scrolling my social media feed this morning and saw a post by one of the special needs organizations I follow. Unlike some of the images I have seen from them before, they were poking fun at how individuals outside the autism community ask questions that they feel are ignorant. I had to pause. […]
  • Crossroads and Detours

    Ok, show of hands, who feels like life is pulling you in too many directions? Everyone? Thought so. Sure, some of you may wish that life was linear with a well-lit, clearly defined road to follow without debris, bumps or fog. Something perhaps like this: While certain moments may go by smoothly, like cruise control […]
  • The Ebb and Flow of Hope

    Oh, how I have missed you, friends! Somehow my life had a lot (understatement) to unfold over the last five months. During that time, I took an unplanned hiatus from the blog and much of social media. So, at the risk of being self-interested, I want to share the inspiring moments of ebb and flow since April. […]
  • Keeping a Promise

    In January of this year, I made a promise. I committed that ALL of my earnings from sales of “The World Needs Hope” this year would be given to support a cause that, in a word, humbles me to my core. If you missed my post, you can recap by visiting “Giving It All for […]
  • Burn No More

    I’m heartbroken over the senseless and unending “news” coverage about Ferguson. Shame on you media mongers for hiding behind free speech with your contempt, malicious ways and ill motives. May God have mercy on you. I’m heartbroken for the grieving family who tragically lost their son, for the officer and his family, for the townspeople […]
  • When God Calls, It’s Not a Misdial

    So, I took an e-hiatus for the birth of my baby girl, Calia, who entered the world in early June. She is an immense blessing and a humbling gift. My recent transformation into momhood came with delivery trauma, breastfeeding woes, postpartum anxiety and a surge of can-never-do-enough motherly guilt. Every new mom seems socially compelled to blanketly say, […]
  • 10 Posts for 10 Years: #7

    In the world of grief recovery and the journey to healing, there is an awareness: the loss of one person is not a singular loss but the loss of many roles one person plays in your life. Now, I do not want to frame this as a melancholy or morose statement. Instead, I prefer to […]
  • 10 Posts for 10 Years: #8

    If you know my quirky nature, you have probably seen one of my haikus. I love the 5-7-5 rhythm and simplicity. It forces you to find the essence and clear away the flowery debris. With that in mind, here is haiku inspired by both my Heavenly Father and my dear dad: Father, do you know […]
  • 10 Posts for 10 Years: #9

    Oh a smile has so many stories to tell. My dad’s grin was, by far, full of tales and light. My father’s smile . . . remarkable but humble. His teeth were oddly strong, but weathered by time and chewing tobacco. His eyes always twinkled in unison with his grin—a mischievous, dancing smirk. When more […]
  • Open Heart, Clear Head

    Do your greatest hopes ever scare you? It’s an honest question. One I was called to ponder over the last 10 days or so. Hopes are beautifully diverse, varying in intensity and impact. Some hopes are like happy sprinkles on the cupcake of life (yes, mine would be gluten-free, dairy-free and oh so chocolatey, but […]