Being female, first born, and Mexican American, I have plenty of practice in asserting my opinion – and shockingly enough (because I know this will come as a surprise to those who know me IRL), it’s hard to keep my opinion to myself and, instead, … Continue readingCreative Ways to Practice the Pause
The other day my husband and I had a decently intense conversation about the merits of a sob story. One of us (my husband) prefers to speak to a contractor in simple terms. His details are succinct and to the point. The other (me) likes … Continue readingHow to Turn a Sob Story into a Good Confession
In the span of one month this past winter, three people I care very much about lost their fathers unexpectedly. The degree to which each was prepared for death varied greatly. Being spiritually prepared for our own or for a loved one’s death is not … Continue readingRemember Your Death
Endorsing My Sins Do you talk about your sins? I think the gut reaction is, “of course not!” At least, that’s what the gut reaction is for me. But my gut reaction…might have been wrong. I thought that I was fairly clear-cut about sin. Sins … Continue readingTalking About Sin
Our culture is saturated with messages that we, as women, are “not enough.” Everywhere we look, there are billboards or commercials advocating weight loss, looking more “youthful,” or even something as simple as, “being more refreshed,” or having our teeth whitened. Eventually, those subtle, and more often than not, blatantly apparent images begin to toy with our psyche, and the focus shifts from a healthy outlook to one that focuses on our imperfections. … Continue readingPhysical or Spiritual Imperfections: Which Ones are We Embracing?