The risk versus joy of pausing

March 20th, 2015
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Remember the scene in You’ve Got Mail when Meg Ryan decides to step on the podium and fight Tom Hanks with his Big Bad Fox Bookstore? She’s got her hands in fists, taking little punches and jabs at the air. She’s ready to fight, not just for her store, but essentially everything she believes in.

I adored that movie when I was in high school. It’s funny now to see how my own story mimics Meg Ryan’s. I have a small bookshop, a journal shop really. I have dreams and ideals for living a life that’s about passion, not money. My goal is helping people celebrate their stories and themselves–both my customers and the people who manufacture my raw materials or work for me at Gadanke. And every day, I kind of have to keep swinging, too. I don’t have a Fox Bookstore to battle with, per say. But like any business person, I think I’m not supposed to stop. Ever.

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10 things every mother should teach her son

December 9th, 2014
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Baby Niklas and I turn up the Christmas music and start dancing beside the Christmas tree. He has no idea how awkward we look. He squeals and smiles. I know life won’t always be like this, so I’m seizing the moments as best as I can. Part of that, for me, is documenting our journey in a journal. Another part is thinking about the type of boy I hope I can raise.

These are 10 things I that I’ll be trying to teach my son, as best as I am able. I want to share with you, hopefully to serve as a point of inspiration. The goal isn’t for our children to be THE BEST. It’s to be their best, with the greatest happiness possible for them and the people around them. So here we go!

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Writers don’t need readers

November 11th, 2014
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After I completed college, there wasn’t anyone to look at my writing. There was no one to add commentary or feedback to the children’s poems or essays I was writing. It was just me.

That was a good thing, and it was a bad thing.

It was a good thing because my journaling skills exploded. I learned to write completely for me, instead of an audience. You write very differently when it’s only for your eyes. You self-edit so much less. You reach for the eraser or delete key fewer times. Your words just flow, unedited and imperfect as they might be.

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