Poem for my Future Daughter

You’re smarter than guys. More intelligent than girls. Don’t stress about grades. Change the world.

You’re not too pretty to cry

Your mother cries

You’re the prettiest people I know

Tears make you human


Play football

Get rough

Roll in the mud

Get dirty


You were born here

They were born there

You’ll learn soon enough

Life isn’t fair


Embrace your body

Wear clothes you like

And clothes others don’t

Wear confidence


You’re smarter than guys

More intelligent than girls

Don’t stress about grades

Change the world


Success shouldn’t bring guilt

Never feel less

Hold your head high

You did your best


Anger is true

Sadness is too

Remember the light

That shines inside you


Size does matter

Not where you think

Grow your heart

Ignore your waist


When everything is gone

You’ll have your heart

Love is pure

Hatred keeps us apart


You’re a woman

Take pride

So many girls

Not enough guides



I’m being distant again.

I don’t have much today. Laura told me I’m being distant again. I’ve felt it. Not nearly as bad as I once was, but there’s enough slippage that she notices. I’ll always go in and out of depressions, but I’m working on not letting them affect my relationships. Communicating them to her helps, but I usually don’t. It’s a challenge, but I’m ready. I know I can do it because of how far I’ve already come (with her help). The first long run I did after being diagnosed, when I first started running, she rode her bike alongside me. I was so pumped because I felt accomplished for the first time in years. In that moment, she told me she hadn’t been sure she would ever get me back. We’ve come a long way.

When it comes to writing, it’s much easier to get stuff done when I relax and don’t get overwhelmed with other things. Focusing on one task is easier (& more efficient) than working on one & worrying about 3 others.

Also, I’m going to change the layout of the site soon. I really want to get rid of the scrolling featured posts on the home page and just have a list of recent posts. That’s how I like seeing blogs, especially new ones I’m checking out for the first time.

I’ll leave you with this song since we’re listening to it in the office.

More Than a Valentine

For love, not a Valentine.

You’re gentle and kind

Your love is divine

Your breath is what keeps me alive


The touch of your skin

From the brush of your hand

Knots me again and again


When I’m not feeling touchy

It’s your smile that undoes me

And keeps me from drifting away


At times I am distant

But know that I’m listening

To all the words you have to say


So keep this in mind

When I can’t find the time

To express love in all of these ways