Mother’s Day Alone and a Divine Appointment

Annah Elizabeth Happy Happens ™, Loss, Grief, and Healing, Parenting 2 Comments

Good morning, Journeyer, And for all of you who are mothers–be it in your head, in your heart, or in your home–happy Mother’s Day. I’ve been having a hard time this past week and yesterday was a mixed bag of emotions. On the one side, Beauty’s college graduation filled me with an abundance of Mama Pride and an unbridled joy …

What Kind of Mother Has No Child 2016

Annah Elizabeth Child Loss, Family, Loss, Grief, and Healing, Parenting 6 Comments

Dear Journeyer, On  May 8, 2015, I wrote this letter to you. I’m re-sharing it now, with a few time-related updates, because I feel it bears repeating again and again, year after year, until it has reached every single woman who has ever experienced the physical death of a child or the death of her Motherhood dream. Please share it with …

Full Spring Ahead

Annah Elizabeth Happy Happens ™, Mental Health, Parenting 2 Comments

Happy Sunday, Journeyer, I’ve been in a funk all day long, gorging myself on brownie bites topped with over-sized dollops of Jiffy peanut butter. Does it get any better than comfort food? Daylight savings time always messes with me because that whole getting up an hour earlier is bad for my psyche. As is all the crap that continues at …

One Day at a Time

Annah Elizabeth Happy Happens ™, Parenting, Relationships 2 Comments

Happy Sunday, Journeyer! Life is as life does; a perpetual ebb and flow of darkness and sunshine. And so it continues…the work saga that incites fear and insecurity and a continuous feeling of unsettledness… And so it continues…my dedication to Step 5 of The Five Steps of Healing…Choose Vitality. I attempt to choose vitality each and every day, Journeyer, to …

How a Bug Brightened My Day

Annah Elizabeth Happy Happens ™, Loss, Grief, and Healing, Mental Health, Patches the Pooch 2 Comments

Happy Sunday-Monday, Journeyer! Have you ever felt like the world is conspiring against you? Yeah, that. For those of you who have been following me for a while, you might recall how my employer contacted another company I had an interview with and enacted a secret code that said: She’s off limits. Don’t hire her. True story. The favoritism, abuse …

Smile Because It Happened

Annah Elizabeth Happiness, Happy Happens ™, Patches the Pooch, Relationships 2 Comments

Happy Sunday, Journeyer! As I scroll through this past week’s events, I can’t help but notice the stark contrast between happiness and strife… This week brought with it two more deaths of people who left this earth way too early, and both of these men took their own lives… This is the fourth death of someone we know and the third …

The Intersection of Gender with Jaden Smith, Louis Vuitton, and Two Men Named Bruce Weber

Annah Elizabeth Confidence, Family, Mental Health, Parenting, Relationships, Spirituality 2 Comments

Earlier this week I read Amazing Women Rock’s social media share about Jaden Smith modeling Louis Vuitton Womenswear. Many of the comments were disheartening and some were downright disturbing. The one that made the most sense to me came from AMR: “Plenty of women have dressed in men’s clothing over the decades…” The truth is that it has been going …

The Perfect Gift

Annah Elizabeth Family, Parenting, Relationships 2 Comments

Dearest Journeyer, One quote from this Christmas season seems to have neatly wrapped itself inside my brain. “That’s a thoughtful gift,” someone exhaled when she opened my gift to her. A handcrafted, glass color palette seemed like the perfect gift for an artist. Apparently it was. I’m a bit like Santa; I spend an entire year preparing for gift giving. …