eleven and being strange

CreatingMotherhood turns eleven and is still happily here.

Earlier this week, without any fanfare or cake, this quiet little blog turned eleven. I very much appreciate the character of Eleven on the hit Netflix show, Stranger Things. Eleven is a survivor. She is loyal. She is fragile, and yet SO powerful. She is searching for her stability. I get it. Much has changed since the ...

Have a Friend Who is Sick? Read This NOW.

friend who is sick? advice on how to help

How do we support a friend who is sick? As soon as a friend tells us they don't feel well or are having a hard time, we gush to them, "what can we doooooo?" We drop the ball in their court and wait for it to be served back over the net. Of COURSE we ...

How I Spent My Summer Depression

gold star

I'm going to start by giving myself a gold star. Yes. Right out of the gate. I took care of myself this Summer. And taking care of myself wasn't easy and it wasn't fun and it wasn't always successful every single day. But I went down into the cave of self-preservation, I protected myself, and ...

Motherhood identity

W at the movies

The modern way of thinking suggests women who are moms shouldn't hang their entire selves on our motherhood identity. Parenting isn't everything special about us. I get this and yet I struggle with identity often. I define myself largely on what I do. When I was in theatre school I was an actress. When I worked in Hollywood ...

Thoughts on being 40 (a half birthday post)

half birthday

Not to say I am an expert on it, but I have now been 40 for EXACTLY 6 months. That's right, today is my half birthday. And yes I am absolutely one of those people who celebrate their half birthday. Of course the word "celebrate" is very much in air quotes. I say it with a ...