Time for a Review: NaBloPoMo 2016

When I did #NaBloPoMo last year, it was my first time, and I did it in part to see if I could (and would) write every single day. It was a great challenge, and similar to this year, I jumped in with both feet. I prepped WordPress with blanks, figured out where to go for Read More

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Two Years at Live By Surprise

It passed without any fanfare – this past week marks two years blogging at Live By Surprise. This journey feels in some ways like it’s been going for a long time – and in some ways like it’s only just begun. I was at home with Bae on an extended maternity leave.  He was just Read More

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Welcome to LiveBySurprise.com

As I’ve been getting out and about a bit (you’ve seen me on Scary Mommy, MockMom, The Mid and Sammiches and Psych Meds this past month), I decided it was time to branch out and make this into something bigger. I spent this past weekend transferring over 200 blogs from Blogger to WordPress. Welcome to Read More

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Compassion is a Verb

As a writer, I’m very familiar with the ins and the outs of the language.  If you’re a writer too, you might be reading the title of my blog thinking, no it’s not – compassion is a noun.  It’s a feeling.  It’s not something you do. I’m here to tell you otherwise. A verb is Read More

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Welcome to the Year I Turn 40!

It’s 2015.  I can’t believe it.  This is (duh…duh…duh…da!) the year that I’ll turn 40.  The big four-oh.  Over the hill.  One year closer to pushing up the daisies. Nah…I’m just kidding. I’m just turning forty. I’m not dead yet. I have friends who dread the passing of every year.  They dismay at each little Read More

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#AAF with Echo of Domain of the Mad Mommy

Well, 2014 is almost over.  And the promises of one of my favorite trilogies, Back to the Future, remain unfulfilled. This was the year we were supposed to have flying cars, hover skateboards and a revival of eighties fashion (ok…I’m not so worried about that last one). Get ready guys – it’s going to be Read More

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6 Steps to Make More Time for Blogging

I’ll admit it…mothering three kids and holding down a full time job and keeping up a blog is a bit more of a struggle then I’d anticipated.  My blog is suffering.  I’ve still got great ideas – but I have a new director who is offering me new opportunities (yes…that’s what I’m going to call Read More

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Back to Work – A New Chapter Begins

Well…it’s been a nice run. I’ve been very lucky to have a kind employer who was willing to allow me over one year unpaid leave after the birth of my third child. Two summers home with my kids. For the first time ever, a whole year to wait at the bus stop for the kids Read More

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Ask Away Friday With Jenessa

So last week was my very first #AAF Ask Away Friday.  I swapped questions with April from the 100 lb Countdown.  And truthfully…I was going to take a break for a month or so.  But while I was hopping through the #AAF blogs, I came across the lovely Jenessa Mullen from Mothering {In Real Life}. Read More

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Blogging and Hypocrisy…

I read a blog this week from a SAHM who was admonishing divorced mothers and step moms for blogging about their troubles.  She suggested, in general, that if you don’t have something nice to say, you shouldn’t say it at all.  She suggested that the potential for damaging the relationship with your ex (or your Read More

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