5 ways to develop an attitude of gratitude

I read something about gratitude on Pinterest that stuck with me. “What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today. Wow. That’s when I got serious about developing an attitude of gratitude. Gratitude shouldn’t be a passing thought or every-now-and-then thing. It’s not that feeling of relief when the cop didn’t pull you over … Read More

When a friend goes missing

When I was in my twenties, I had a friend go missing. Penny* had married younger then the rest of us and had a two-year-old daughter, Allie*. One Tuesday, she missed picking Allie up from daycare. The next day, Penny’s husband Jim called her parents, saying he didn’t know where she was. “She didn’t come home last night?” Penny’s mom demanded. … Read More

Choosing children (or not) – real women weigh in

Monday, Danielle shared why she gave her daughter up for adoption. Wednesday, I shared why I’m childless by choice. For today’s post, we asked real women, from their early 20’s to their early 50’s,  why they decided to have children. Or not to have them. Or, if they’re still deciding, what’s influencing their decision. To breed or not to breed, that is the question. … Read More

Childless by Choice – Why I decided not to have kids

“If you ever want anything in this life, don’t have kids.” My parents frequently offered up that little self-esteem-building piece of advice to me and my sister, probably as an inside joke between the two of them. An inside joke edged with truth. I used to love reminding them of it whenever they asked about grandbabies. “We never said that,” … Read More

Choosing adoption – Danielle’s story

At 26, Danielle reflects on a choice she made at 15 – to put her baby up for adoption. One of the scariest times in her life turned out to be one of the most fulfilling. This is her story in her own words.  I found out I was pregnant when I started to feel ill. Not typical morning sickness, … Read More

Love Lessons from My Exes

As part of our new mini series, Love Lesson from My Exes, we’re sharing what women of all ages have learned about love (and themselves) on the dating scene. Here are Susan’s love lessons so far. 1. Holding a grudge against an ex will only be harmful to you, not to your ex. 2. Good sex is not a good enough reason to stay … Read More

Body “Positive” or Body “Pretty Sure?”

As a follow-up to Madi’s post about body acceptance , the Aunt-bassadors, our advisory group of more then 50 fierce, fearless women, weigh in with their own perspective on body image. It’s something we all still deal with in our own way. Sometimes, when it’s too hard to be body “positive”, the best we can hope for is body “pretty sure.” Mary E: I … Read More

Fat is my frenemy

I am a plus-size freshman at the University of Alabama – a size 22, to be exact. Yes, that is a gentle increase from the size that most girls my age are, and that’s okay. When some people think of someone who is plus size, they think “fat”. That is the most disgusting, terrorizing three lettered word out there and … Read More

Love Lessons from My Exes

As part of our new mini series, Love Lesson from My Exes, we’re sharing what women of all ages have learned about love (and themselves) on the dating scene. Here are Luann’s love lessons so far. One lesson that it’s taken me a lifetime to learn (I’m 52 years young) is that a relationship can only be a REAL thing if you are willing … Read More

Emotional Abuse – The Scars You Can’t See

“Hey.” That’s all the text said but I deleted it immediately. It was from a guy friend of mine and I was afraid what my boyfriend at the time would say if he saw it. Something inside me clicked when I deleted that text. I thought to myself “Why the hell should I be afraid?” Almost in daze, I began … Read More