A Tale of Two Newborns, Part 1: Labor Pains

River hospital chart

Here's the first installment (there's simply so much, I can't put it all in one post!) of my 'A Tale of Two Newborns' story. See the backstory here. My birth and postpartum journey is more common than you may think. I want to share the lows, and ultimately, the glorious highs with you. If you are suffering with postpartum … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Newborns: My Postpartum Journey

rivers birthday

I had no idea what to expect from parenthood.  It's better than I could ever have imagined.  But I had to go through the darkest, scariest, deepest depths of what felt like hell to get here. Remembering back to one of my first prenatal appointments with my midwives, I was asked if I had ever been diagnosed with depression. … [Read more...]

Life in the final stage of labor

River smiling

I've been thinking a lot about how social media shapes our perception of what someone's life is like and what they're experiencing. And in all honesty, I wonder how much of what we share is based in actual truth and reality. I know what I share on social media is about 55% truth right now. My experience with postpartum … [Read more...]

A heartfelt thanks + a time for rebuilding

black hills storm house

Thank you.  I wish I could visit each and every one of you and give you the biggest hug ever and let you know in person how much your positive and warm influence in the past few weeks has uplifted my spirit. Without the love, kind thoughts, words, actions, muffins, Cadbury mini egg blondie bars, prayers, pho, massage, rose … [Read more...]

River Robert

bright eyes river

On March 26, 2014 at 7:25 p.m. I welcomed my son. River Robert. 6 pounds // 19.5 inches long // completely perfect in every way I am whole heartedly in love. In awe. And am cherishing these gone-by-quickly days as with him as a newborn. Something I want to share is that I have been suffering from severe postpartum … [Read more...]

Catch me if you can…

pregnancy side by side

Just picture me with my hands on my knees. Panting away. Lifting a finger in the air signaling to the world to just "give me a minute...I'm good!" I've been flexing a lot of muscles lately, bulking up, and doing my best to take some long, luxurious breaths in between all the great changes going on. Oh you know with the whole … [Read more...]

Halo Glow forecast: February

sparkle circle

Has January not been one of the more interesting months that you've experienced? OK...just me? Maybe! I'm already feeling a shift and lightening in the air as we count down to the second month of 2014! Can I get an "AMEN?!"  I'm ready for the lightness and manifesting power and freedom that the year of the horse will … [Read more...]

1.1.14 + new moon in Capricorn

new year

All those feelings and stirrings I've been experiencing the past few weeks have been honored in a post I came across on one of my favorite websites yesterday...  There are powerful revelations as we enter 2014 from The Power Path (a great resource for monthly, moon, and astrological forecasts). They talk about how the new moon … [Read more...]

Nudged by now as I enter a new year


I know I'm not the only one.  Sometimes the afterglow of the holiday isn't so warm. December is one of my favorite months of the year...family, warm smiles, long hugs, time off celebrating the simple things in life, and dreaming about the new year. December is also one of my least favorite months of the year...worrying … [Read more...]

Loser Town, population: me


The verdict is in. I did not win any sort of publishing package with my beloved Hay House through the Writing From Your Soul conference I attended in Denver earlier this year. But you know what...I'm not that sad. Sure I'm disappointed, but sad or unhappy...nada. Instead, I will celebrate! Maybe a book deal isn't in the … [Read more...]