Until further notice..CELEBRATE EVERYTHING!

We've always tried to keep this blog positive.  We deal with heavy topics sometimes here at LL, and we're definitely not immune to some seriously challenging life circumstances.  One of the side effects of hardship (for me) has been that I hesitate to feel happy, to feel joy, to feel like I have my feet on solid ground.  When I do feel the urge to celebrate, I think "what will go wrong next?", or "will celebrating make it more likely that something bad will happen?" or "how will I ever get anything done if I'm always celebrating where I'm at?"

Going Primarily Pescatarian & Plant Based!

Happy July, Loving Lately readers! I honestly don't know where the month of June went! I've had many different ideas for posts floating around in my head but the majority of them require a little extra research and insight so I'm going to save them for a later date. For this month's post I decided to copy Allison (because twinning….duh) and focus on something that I have been Loving Lately: my transition to a primarily pescaterian and plant based lifestyle!

Loving Lately: Queer Eye

So you guys may or may not have noticed… I took a little hiatus.  Kelly and I have religiously switched on and off every 2 weeks writing blog posts since Loving Lately began and in the middle of last month I just completely shut down and couldn’t.  I didn’t want to write candidly and in detail about what was going on in my personal life, but I also didn’t feel like writing about just anything because everything else felt so inconsequential.

The long story short is Scott and I lost a member of our immediate family to cancer.  And we’ve been grieving this for some time now and the last time I was supposed to write for Loving Lately I just couldn’t wrap my mind around what would be important enough to write about and Kelly I’m so thankful took the wheel for me and posted all this gorgeous love and amazement with her Heart’s Delight post.


The Two Week Reset

As many of you may know, Mike and I just relocated the first week of May to a new apartment that is just 4 miles away from my office and 10 miles away from Mike's campus (& much closer to his clinical sites, too!) Mike had been adamant for quite some time that we relocate closer to my office, he could see more clearly than I could how much of a toll the commute was taking on me. I was insistent that I could keep plugging along, but five and a half years of 10+ hours spent commuting a week, combined with my health and the immense amount of stress I'd been under, particularly this past winter and spring, was truly starting to derail me. So I did something that wives hate to do...conceded that my husband was RIGHT! (yes Mike, I put it in writing that you were right ☺)

Hearts Delight

Mike and I had the profound honor of being asked to speak on the third night of the Hearts Delight Wine Tasting and Auction in Washington, DC. This was extremely monumental for us, as it marked the first time we were both featured patients, advocates, and speakers.

Fighting Fear with Gratitude

In tonight's post, I tackle what's been plaguing me for almost two months now: abject fear regarding my health and the uncertainty of the path it will take. Let me be completely honest – this is a very new feeling for me and I absolutely hate it. Sure I have wrestled with a plethora of emotions regarding my health: anxiety and depression surrounding the future, trauma from the past, a sense of loss over certain things (like the ability to biologically carry a child) but I have truly never really experienced any day to day consistent fear and panic. In fact, I was the complete opposite.

Falling in love with being a beginner

Hi Loving Lately readers!!  I'm so happy you're here.  Today I want to talk about something that is essential to happiness but also something none of us really like to experience...being a rookie.

Starting something new, getting out of your comfort zone, pushing your limits.  If you're anything like me, you have a Pinterest board full of quotes with those ideas but putting them into practice is a whole other game.  I want to share something new I've been up to for the past month, and I hope that you can learn from me getting out of my comfort zone and then I want to hear from you!  I'd love to know what you learned the last time you stepped out of yours and even what you are learning right this very minute.

Disconnect to Connect: Reclaiming a Morning Routine

As you all know, the end of December through the end of February was quite the rollercoaster for Mike and I. I feel like we have been continuously treading water. Simply staying afloat and getting by. As March rolled around a sense of normalcy began to return, in fact a lot of great things happened. We had a wonderful trip to New Orleans, I got my new title at work, and we sold our condo! Things were definitely heading in the right direction. So why was it that two Saturdays ago I found myself crippled in bed with anxiety. Things have been moving in the right direction…so why did I feel as if I was slipping backwards? I realized that I needed to re-evaluate some of my habits. I needed to reclaim my routine