On Feeling Sad, Summer Shame, & Tips For Dealing With Reverse SAD

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ~John Steinbeck PSA:  It’s okay if you don’t love summer. The truth is, I don’t either. In fact, it is my least favorite season. I typically just survive through the summer months (barely), getting through them each year by reminding myself on an almost …

Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 62: Growing Up in a Conservative Evangelical Community with Special Guest Staci Humphrey

On this week’s episode of the podcast, Tracey and I are talking to special guest, Staci Humphrey, about her experience growing up in a Conservative Evangelical community in rural southeastern Washington. We talk about her journey away from this community as a teenager and adult, and how the experiences of her childhood continue to impact her worldview today, especially as …

Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 61: Women, Alcohol, & the Glamorization of Drinking

This week’s episode has the potential to ruffle some feathers. Because Tracey and I are talking about the glamorization of drinking in our current cultural climate and the potentially negative effects of this kind of marketing. Specifically, Tracey and I are asking the question:  Is our society currently normalizing alcoholism for women, especially moms? Deep breaths before this one, friends. …

On Social Media, Dopamine, & Why It’s Okay to Quietly Succeed

A couple of weeks ago, I read an article in the New York Times about a 96 year old woman, Sylvia Bloom, who died with a small fortune in the bank, most of which she donated to a charity in New York City providing educational opportunities to underprivileged kids. First:  Slow clap for the badassery it took Sylvia to toil …