No Place Like Home | WIRL Project

There’s No Place Like Home

As my time to leave New York quickly approaches, I prepare for the tears and overwhelming emotions that I know are about to take control of my mind and flow silently into my heart. Each year I am blessed to have a family who supports me in most of my decisions, who encourages me to be successful, and who loves me unconditionally. There are truly some people I could never go without thanking enough...

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The Scissors | WIRL Project

Thoughts on “The Scissors”

It wasn’t until I was in my twenties, that I learned I was a mistake. I was sitting at my parent’s dinner table. We were just chit-chatting about life, school, and other, you know, normal, non-life-altering conversations that could make you re-think your entire being, when it casually came out. “A mistake?” I said. My dad looked at me like I had ten heads. Then, in his thic...

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Gay Marriage | WIRL Project

I Chose to Love

This past Friday was a huge day. In case you’ve been without any sort of contact to the outside world, on June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that the constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. “No longer may this liberty be denied,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority in the historic decision. “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ...

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Comedy of Cancer | WIRL Project

The Comedy of Cancer

(What’s it really like to hear you have cancer…a second time) Have you ever had that moment when your phone rings and a feeling rushes over you of “this can’t be good”? As I answered my phone in the midst of cooking a weekday dinner for my family, I heard my doctor’s voice and I just knew… there was no doubt what he was about to say was not good. I’d heard the words before and this time I ca...

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Old Man | WIRL Project

An Old Man in a Music Video Once Said…

This afternoon I was listening to music on YouTube for the first time in a while. I usually have my music on my phone, that way I can listen to it on the go. I didn’t realize how much I missed watching videos on YouTube until I stumbled across Craig Morgan’s “This Ain’t Nothing” music video. I remember listening to this song when I was younger when it came on the radi...

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Shoulda Coulda Woulda | WIRL Project

Should Coulda Woulda

“Dr. Mort, report to emergency. Dr. Mort, report to emergency STAT.” The operator’s nasal voice roared in my head as the odor of disinfectants crawled up my nostrils. It was suffocating. The “Bing” of the elevator was a welcome relief from the chaos in the hall and in my mind. One by one, floor by floor, they crammed me further into to the back. An intern with huge, dark circles under his eyes, pl...

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I See My Father In My Son | WIRL Project

I See My Father in My Son

I see my father in my toddler son when he looks at me – they share those same gorgeous blue eyes that can cut glass or melt your heart. Their eyes are filled with love and challenge; the kind of love that only a parent and child can understand. The kind of love that can endure temper tantrums, heal boo-boos, and teach you significant life lessons. Their blue eyes change colors with their temperame...

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Furbaby | WIRL Project

Mom Slams People Who Call Their Dogs “FurBabies”

There is a buzz going around online about comparing dogs to children. A recent post titled, No Your Dog Is Not Your “Baby” – Saying That Is An Insult To Moms published by Elizabeth Broadbent from YourTango, discusses how people who refer to their pets as “Furbabies” or “FurKids” really tick her off.  Apparently, the world had a lot to say about this subjec...

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Selflessly Saying YES to Self-Care!

Selflessly Saying YES to Self-Care!

Self-care, self-care, self-care AHHHHHHhhhhh! What is all of this self-care talk about!?! As mothers, even though our schedules seems to get tied up somehow some way, studies show that when you allow time for “self”, life will become more rewarding and less stressful despite the chaos. I want to warn you, self-care IS NOT based solely on indulging in the “short term feel good activities” such as c...

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Family | WIRL Project

What It’s Really Like to Meet and Marry a Single Parent

I was around 10 when I learned that when it comes to family, bloodlines don’t mean everything, and in some cases, it doesn’t mean ANYTHING. According to the dictionary, “Family” can be defined as: a. A fundamental social group in society typically consisting of one or two parents and their children. b. Two or more people who share goals and values, have long-term commitment...

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