Category: Culture

Blog posts that contain my thoughts about values, race, religion, etc.

Go Ahead and Judge Me

I’ve learned in the past five years of motherhood, there is an endless number of parenting styles, opinions, and beliefs. People of different cultures (age, socioeconomic status, education, occupation, race/ethnicity, geographical location, sexual orientation, religion, etc.) tend to have a “normal”, and within each category, there are expectations for how you “should” be parenting. Even on a national level, the American… Read more →

New Year’s Resolutions 2016

Every year, I pick 10 resolutions to work towards. I usually meet some of them, and some I halfway meet, and some I really don’t make progress on at all. Read more →

The American Working Mom Dilemma

Recently, Ariana Grande was caught on video stating “I hate America!” on the 4th of July(click here to see the video on TMZ). She claims her words were said in relation to her thoughts around how the thoughtless consumption of foods like donuts has lead to an epidemic of healthcare problems, including childhood obesity, a cause she has taken up… Read more →

April 14th, 2015

Dear Dad, Your birthday has snuck up quickly. I can’t believe a year has gone by since I last wrote you. So much happens in just a year, yet it feels like it was yesterday. Your grandchildren have grown and are now 2 and 4. We visited Mom at the house last summer, and we made a special trip to… Read more →

Vanity versus Confidence

Lately, I have found myself thinking about my values and beliefs regarding beauty. I see someone help an elderly person in the store, I experience my chai latte being paid for at Starbucks as a stranger practices “paying it forward”, and I witness my 4-year old daughter give away her birthday gift to her cousin. Such acts of compassion, kindness,… Read more →

2015 New Year’s Resolutions

It’s my 1-year blogversery. I’ve learned lots about blogging, and I have increased my own self-awareness, so I’m all in for year 2. Although I’m not going to set an official resolution this year around blogging, I do intend to blog with more consistency this year (I will not go on a three-month hiatus). Last year at this time I… Read more →

Creating New Year’s Tradition

Today is New Year’s Eve. NYE used to mean wearing lots of sparkles and glitter, drinking glasses of champagne, and partying late into the night. Life has really changed. I have no interest in getting dressed up (although I still love sparkles and glitter), I am way too tired to stay up until midnight and am happy to be in… Read more →

Living La Vida Middle Class

When I was in high school, I remember learning about socioeconomic status. I learned more in college and graduate school as I had lots of coursework on diversity. However, I don’t really remember seriously thinking about it and processing the class system, because it was not something I found interesting or found to be very impactful in my life at… Read more →

The Motivation of Anger

My newest revelation began with my phone ringing. It was my childcare provider with some sad news. A woman who decided against taking her child to their in-home daycare made an elitist decision. Ms. Elitist, who apparently works on the legal team of Nike (which is why I label her as an elitist), heard something about my childcare providers from another mom. This mom shares a… Read more →

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