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June 19, 2019

I recently did an interview with Gale Straub of She-Explores.com. The episode is called After the Wildfire and talks about my plans to thru-hike the Oregon Coast Trail in the summer of 2020. Survival Over Surrender is mentioned in the episode too! You can listen to the episode here. I highly encourage you to subscribe to the podcast on your listening platform of choice. It’s excellently produced and the content, wisdom, and inspiration contained in…

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How to Recover from Trauma: Tip #2 Accept You’re a Victim

March 2, 2019
Nothing left

Most of the time there’s nothing we can do about it. When my entire neighborhood was lost in the 2017 Northern California Wildfires, no one saw it coming. I don’t live in the middle of the forest. I’m in a residential neighborhood. That shit just doesn’t happen!

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How to Recover from Trauma: Tip #1 Learn to Say Yes

February 25, 2019
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I’ve never been good at accepting help. Call it pride, call it stubbornness, but it’s one of my biggest faults. In college, I literally failed courses because I thought that going to my professor to tell him or her that I was struggling meant that I was admitting I was weak. We all suffer from this to some extent, but I am ashamed to admit that it took me 34 years to learn my lesson.

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Sometimes I want to punch Marie Kondo in the face

February 22, 2019
Tidying Up

When you’ve lost everything in a fire, you kind of want to punch Marie Kondo in the face. Going through your personal belongings and only keeping what sparks joy? How about when you have to go to Safeway to buy a pair of leggings just so you can have something to wear other than pajama pants?

Screw sparking joy. I just want some underwear.

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Motherhood, PTSD and the Loss of Optimism

May 22, 2018

Strength and perseverance has always come easy to me. I’ve always been a ‘glass half full’ kind of person. To be fair, I haven’t had the hardest life, but I can usually find a very clear path forward whenever the universe decides to make things interesting.

The universe lately has had one sick sense of humor.

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1 in 100

February 12, 2018

My son Apollo will be 8 weeks old on Valentine’s Day. He has a congenital heart defect – severe pulmonary stenosis with double outlet right ventricle. This week is CHD awareness week, which is fitting for it being February 14th. He’s 1 out of 100 kids born with a heart issue.

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