Restless Life Syndrome – Jack’s Lament

Restless Life Syndrome – Jack’s Lament

This weekend I watched one of my favorite movies of all time, “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” My kids are scared of this Tim Burton classic, so Vic and I watch it on adult time. I should be ashamed of that, but I also listen to Star Trek podcasts, so whatever. The premise of Nightmare is …Continue Reading

The Precious Body

The Precious Body

Last week Finley (my son, six years old) let me know that a girl in his class laughed at him for being short. Quite literally that simple. He said, “She just said, ‘You’re short! HAHA!’”.

Finley will always be short. Osteogenesis Imperfecta is a form of dwarfism. And while he may get to 5 feet tall, that …Continue Reading

Loving People at Work

Loving People at Work

It was about five years ago when I was getting ready to take Finley, my son, to his first leg-rodding surgery in Omaha, Nebraska. He had just turned one and his legs were finally large enough to handle the procedure. I had put my PTO request in at work. It was a busy time in …Continue Reading

The Negative Body Image Diet

The Negative Body Image Diet

Disclaimer: I am going to use the world bullshit approximately 72 times in this blog post.

I regret to report that it has taken me about three decades to really see the connection between how much bullshit I consume about body image and how much I pinch my own love handles. I am slow. No doubt you, dear …Continue Reading

Starting over. For good.

I’ve been absent for a while. And not just in my writing endeavors, but in a lot of other ways. I haven’t been a great friend—in fact I’ve been kind of the anti-friend. I haven’t been putting my best and brightest towards my job, letting small setbacks define the experience of productivity and success. And …Continue Reading

Kids + Weekends + Screens

Weekends can be rough when it comes to screen time. Especially when it’s not sunny outside, or when you have a kid with severe summer allergies or one with a physical disability. I don’t personally have the luxury of sending my youngest outside to just “be a kid” and build forts or run around on …Continue Reading

21 Day Fix & Body Beast Meal Planning Tools

Every few months my brain gets tired of the way I do meal planning and I need to change it up. I’m a chronic desk re-organizer, so this is pretty standard Shannon-brain stuff. I find that the newness of it sort of inspires me to get excited all over again.

I like perfecting the practice …Continue Reading

Surgery & The Dam

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{Finley after his most recent surgery in December 2014}

“Your child needs to have surgery.”

Say those words to yourself and get a feel for how heavy they are. If you have kids, you have no doubt …Continue Reading

Accidental Love

My firstborn was due on Valentine’s Day of 2007. I was 23 years old and scared to death. She made my life what it is today. And not in simply the “kids change your life” kind of way. More along the lines of, “oh shit. I’m pregnant” kind of way. I went into false labor …Continue Reading

The Theory of Goodness

The Theory of Goodness

I’ve been thinking about health a lot lately. It has become a huge part of my life – keeping my body and mind healthy. My friend Nakeia is one of the wisest and coolest women I know and recently over lunch we were discussing how people put trash in their mouths and in their minds …Continue Reading