My Hopes for my Daughter

Though she is just an infant, like most parents, I have hopes and dreams for my daughter.  While I am trying my best to make a good life for her and to expose her to culture, diversity, and the arts, I hope to help her reach her full potential and revel in the simple things.  I want the best for her and for her life to be full and happy.  I want her childhood to be magical, not filled with constant fear.  I want her to feel free to express herself and most importantly, to be herself.  I want her to not be afraid letting the world know who she is in love with, no matter their gender, color, or ethnicity.  I want her to have choices when it comes to her health and well-being.  I want her to know it’s ok if she is unsure about her gender.  I want her to grow up respecting the planet and the plants, animals, and people living on it.  I want her to know we are all one in the same and to not let hate fester in her heart.  I want her to have the freedom to follow her personal spiritual journey and to not feel coerced into a specific belief.  I want her to be strong and independent, and to stand up for what she believes in.

As a side note – I know where I personally stand on political, social, and religious issues, and my intent is not to shove my beliefs down someone else’s throat.  The U.S. is a free country, and with that, we have the freedom to have our own thoughts and feelings, ideas and choices.  However, I do find it deeply disturbing what is going on all over the world today.  I can’t sit back and pretend I am not bothered by reports of animal abuse, hate crimes and hate speech, different groups of people living in fear, being marginalized, profiled, and shunned because of their color, ethnicity, or identity, and people passing judgement because someone goes against what they deem as ‘normal’ and/or ‘right.’  At the end of the day, we all share this planet.  At the beginning of every day, we have an opportunity – an opportunity to do good, to care about others and not just ourselves, to learn and become educated about topics that make us uncomfortable, to remember history and work to not allow it to repeat itself, to realize we don’t know the struggles someone else is facing, and to simply be nice to one another.



Countdown to #Halloween! (plus where I’ve been)

We are just under two months from #Halloween!

Well, I really wanted to start my Halloween countdown at the three month mark, but life gets in the way.  I’ve been sooo busy with my little one – therapy appointments, parent-tot gymnastics, toddler time at the library, and so on.  We are also heading to Spain in a couple weeks for some amazing family time!  So, getting ready for that has kept me quite busy as well.  And, on top of that, mid-October I will be having major foot surgery at Mayo to correct a failed surgery from six years ago that has been causing me tremendous pain.  Fun times!  Maybe while I’m laid up and healing, I’ll have a bit more PC time.  I’m also still grieving from the loss of my sweet Chloe.

And to be honest, I’ve also been taking a bit of a social media and news break too.  I’ve been feeling triggered and deeply depressed by the constant barrage of what is happening to our country, and the nightmarish circus (to put it mildly) that is this administration.  I’ve found the best thing for me when I’m feeling this way is to just take a mental break from it all.  So, I’ve been spending much of my free time (when my toddler is sleeping), creating hair pieces and playing brain games on my phone to get my mind off it all.  I’ve also been planning out my upcoming art and craft projects that I can’t wait to share.  Hope everyone is doing great!