Explore 2019: Flipping This New Level of Rage Into Action

I am ENRAGED by what is happening in Alabama, Missouri, and elsewhere. We need to elect pro-choice women, end of story. That picture of that big ass slate of white men who voted to take away women’s' right to choose in Alabama...I just...😡😡😡😡 (and yes I am also raging at the female governor who signed the law). I will basically be alternating between this + my Smash The Patriarchy tee every day for the foreseeable future. (This tee benefits the Center for Reproductive Rights.)

Also, I am seriously working on flipping my new level of rage to action. PLEASE JOIN ME. My friends at Feed Our Democracy put together this amazing toolkit to help you get going, whether it's with a simple social share, a phone call, or more.

Explore 2019: 11 Humans Who Saved Me

OK, so wow, FEELINGS. About 6 weeks ago I was in meetings with @healthychildrenaap @cdcgov to learn more about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and let me just say it was rather eye opening. Learn more about the 11 humans who saved me from tanking as a kid who was on a track to crash and burn (9 of 11 are educators so OMG THANK YOU TEACHERS). Also, with big love to Wheaton Colege, Paige Lewin, Heidi Milne, Asha Dornfest, Karen Walrond and Jessica Ashley).


Explore 2019: Faith In Friendships

How did you do with friendships as a kid? I was so insecure about them, given that our family was kind of a hot mess and it was really, really hard to live in a predominantly white, affluent neighborhood (my family was the opposite of those two things).

But let me tell you about a current narrative. Isabel Kallman (@alphamom + @feedourdemocracy) is a friend I met through blogging ages ago and time and again over the years she has surprised me with incredible acts of kindness and generosity. Not because that is surprising for HER -- anyone who knows Isabel knows this is who she is! -- but because even after all these years I still carry bits of that girl who so very badly wanted to be loved and included... so loving acts still surprise me.

When Isabel was getting ready to launch Feed Our Democracy, she asked if I would design the logo and I was like, OF COURSE and also PLEASE DON'T EVEN TRY TO PAY ME FOR IT. Don't get me wrong, I love money and believe in women getting paid...but in this particular case I just wanted to do something for Isabel and her amazing new citizen activism project.

So yesterday when Isabel tracked me down at Mom 2.0 and gifted me with this amazing Emily McDowell tote and also cookie versions of the logo I designed (OMG you were busy this week Hayleycakes and Cookies) I was obsessed with it all: creativity, activism, tastiness, beauty, female power, and clearly....real and true friendship. I am officially letting go of the baggage of my childhood with full and real faith in my friendships.