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The Single Mom's Guide to Toxic Friendships: Part Two

The Single Mom’s Guide to TOXIC FRIENDSHIPS: Part Two

Dear readers, Last week, I discussed in great detail four major signs that you may be in a toxic friendship. Halfway through typing out The Single Mom's Guide to Toxic Friendships: Part One, I realized that it would be way better as a two part post, considering I was going way past my 300-500 word limit. I ended up at over 1000 words, and I still have a lot more to say on the subject. Many of these experiences are my…

The Single Mom's Guide to Toxic Friendships: Part One

The Single Mom’s Guide to TOXIC FRIENDSHIPS: Part One

Dear readers, I think with the passing of 2016 we are all in the mindset of new beginnings. Not just resolution-related but the actual sense of starting fresh with a new year and a clean slate. New Year's is my favorite holiday because I feel a sense of power with a fresh start, everything becomes very clear, and the problems of the past I felt powerless to change suddenly don't seem so overwhelming. In the new year, we focus a lot…

Happy Holidays! From my little family to yours…

Dear beloved readers, Happy 2017! Congrats we made it through to another year. The holiday season in the world of single mothers isn't always the hap-happiest season of all. In fact, for the last three years there has been a lot of unhappiness surrounding the holidays in my life. Divorce. Death. Depression. If it wasn't for the perfect little face of my daughter, I'd probably be one of those women who space-out over a bottle of wine until the holiday…

9 Quotes to Weather the Storm

Dear readers, Everyone has hard days, weeks, months, or maybe even a hard year. As human beings we doubt our decisions, beat ourselves up for the choices we made, and generally over-think what we may have under-thought before. When you enter into that rut, have your heart ripped to shreds, or have your will tested, sometimes we need some words of wisdom to yank us off our knees and back on to our feet. Here are nine quotes to help…

11 Reasons to Garden with Your Child

Dear readers, Gardening is something that I've started doing since we moved into our duplex. I always dreamed of having a little garden prior, but never had the room. The woman who lived here before me had a beautiful garden and she left me a few of her perennials, some seeds, and some tips. So this year, I planted some cucumbers, tomatoes, English Lavender, pumpkins, Sweet Basil, Rosemary, and a bucket of sunflowers. Along with the other perennials, Audrey and…

The Sturgeon River

  Dear readers, I've formed a deep connection with nature these past few months.  I've always liked to be outside, but I never considered it a place of healing until this summer. Sometime around March, I began to formulate my summer plan. It looked a little bit like this, "Go outside as much as possible." I've really outdone myself. As mentioned before, I live in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. It is small town in the middle of nowhere with nothing…

The Interloper

Dear readers, Today's post will be short, but it is a great epiphany. Up until about a month ago, I felt like I was locked out of my own life. I tried all the knobs and windows to see if I could break in somehow, but I failed. So outside I stayed, grimacing in the wind and rain. I took shelter in a lot of other people lives, we had great times, I grew and changed a lot. But you…

Tahquamenon Falls

Dear readers, Memorial weekend my mother, brother, and myself decided the weather was gorgeous enough to have a little adventure at Tahquamenon Falls. Here are some of the photos from that beautiful five mile hike. We only hiked halfway through, so we did not get to the upper falls, but we made a promise to ourselves that this fall we will do the entire 10 mile hike in all its glory. It's so beautiful there! There are always other hikers,…

Trusting the Process

Dear readers, When we have to tell our ourselves things like "everything will be okay" or "I just need to be positive" what we are really doing is telling ourselves to trust the process. Chances are, when you have to tell yourself these things, you are not in the best phase of your life.  Your life has probably become a bit murky and scary and perhaps you just aren't sure where you are going to end up.  Not knowing what is…

An article about change.

Change and the Boring Girl

  Dear readers, Change. It's not just something that ruins my vacuum. New outlook. New life. New year. Thirty-One. I always found myself asking this age old question: is change really possible? I didn't believe that it was. Can't teach an old dog new tricks. But now every single day I wake up, I look in the mirror, and I see the face of change staring right back at me. Now let's not get all cynical before I plead my case,…