Aging With Grace

My latest post for the National MS Society deals with a topic that sometimes makes people – including myself – uncomfortable: Aging. I recently celebrated my 40th birthday, and while I’d be lying if I said it didn’t come with a bit of an existential crisis, I’ve learned to realize that each day we get…

Adjusting to a New Normal

Let me start by saying that last week I got wonderful news – clear MRI results! It was a huge relief because last time, things didn’t go as well. Six months ago, my MRI results were not clear. It showed new lesions, which means my multiple sclerosis had progressed. It was scary enough, but add…

MS Post: A Letter to My Body

My latest post for the National MS Society reflects on my five years living with multiple sclerosis. It hasn’t always been easy, but I’m still looking to the future with gratitude and hope. You can read the post on the MS Connection Blog.

Lessons for My Children

My latest column for the National MS Society is up…it’s a personal one, but I’m proud to share it. It’s called “Lessons for My Children,” and among others, one lesson is: laugh when you can (like when you’re goofing around at Storybook Land). You can find it on the MS Connection Blog. Thanks for reading!

Aesthetically Speaking

Novel aesthetics are all over social media, and I am here for it! I LOVE seeing another author’s vision for their book, and I’m constantly amazed with the beauty and creativity that go into these works of art. Seriously, check out #novelaesthetics and #ThursdayAesthetic on Twitter and Instagram…all I can say is bravo! I have…

I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

Or a lot, actually. It’s been a month since my first-ever author reading, and I’m still so grateful to everyone who came — and even those who weren’t able to make it, but sent words of encouragement. And flowers — holy flowers, Batman! I tried to stream the event live on Facebook, but unfortunately we…

Author Readings and Conquering Fears

I’m so excited for my very first author reading, part of the “A Writer Reads” series at Northern State University!Along with the 4 p.m. public reading, I also get to speak with students in the NSU fiction writing class about my publishing journey and getting a literary agent. NSU is also where I work full-time,…

Bring It On, 2018

No, I’m not talking about the movie (although it’s a good one). I’m talking about my determination at the start of a new year. For many reasons, 2017 was tough. But I’m choosing to focus on the good things that happened, from getting my 5-year-old’s severe eczema under control in time for kindergarten to finishing…

Making Holidays Happy for Allergy Kiddos

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but for allergy families, it can also be one of the most stressful times. Holiday travel is stressful enough, but the potential dangers of eating foods at new locations adds an extra level of anxiety. No two allergy families go through the same experience, but I wanted to…