It’s freezing in the DC area. One more week of these arctic winds and I swear you’ll only find my smoke trail to Fiji. For this reason I was excited when I received the invitation to attend Goldfish Swim School’s grand openin...
Last week a local 13-year-old named Mathias Giordano lost his battle with Cancer. His loss has really hit many people hard. I ask how many times does this have to happen before we all stand up and advocate for these children.
I am parenting different stages of childhood. Yet, in many ways nothing changes. You are always teaching. You are always guiding. Then you are forced to let go. To observe from a distance and realize that they are independent beacons of hope and light that are constantly in a state of change and growth.
I am not sure why some stories impact me more than others, but over the years there have a been more than a few. Right now, the person taking residence in my heart is Mathias Giordano, a 13-year-old Leesburg, Va., boy who is battling cancer. People are being asked to show their support of Mathias by sending him cards and messages of love.
It’s easy to remember holidays or birthdays or other special occasions, but it is regular days like this one that make up a lifetime of memories. It’s moments like these that need to be noticed and treasured. I am grateful for this ordinary day. An ordinary day to remember.
When did homecoming proposals become a competitive sport? When did this become a "thing?" And what kind of precedent is this setting? What the heck are these kids' marriage proposals going to look like? I know everyone loves a good piece of social media, but seriously?! We are creating monsters! And yet... And yet, I found myself brainstorming through some ideas with my 15-year-old last night. Yes, that's right. I HAVE BEEN SUCKED IN! Who doesn't...
How are you committing to making changes in your life? I want to hear from you. I want to know your struggles and your journey. I want you to know that we are in this together. We can make changes together. We can make 2015 the year of change.
Yesterday, an essay I wrote was published on The Washington Post. This is huge for me. I grew up dreaming of seeing my byline in The Washington Post. This has always been a goal of mine. Even though my piece is only running on their online publication, I am still extremely proud of myself. This is all part of my journey and dream to publish a book and make a living from my words.
So, sometimes I run away, but never for long. I always come back to the truth that is right in front of me. Life is good and I am blessed. The love I feel for my children and husband is what gives me the strength and courage to admit I have dreams in the first place. This will never change – whether we live at the beach, in the city or yes, even on a farm.
All relationships need work. You cannot take anyone in your life for granted because love is not always enough. I think perhaps this is the point of the article. In my opinion, it’s not over parenting that is hurting our marriages (although I can see how this IS a factor). It’s forgetting to tend to all the love we are blessed to experience in our life. The love of our friends, the love of our siblings, the love of our parents, the love of our ch...
Mother of four, writer, blogger and business owner. Visit my blog http://www.tinystepsmommy.com and my business website http://www.connectauthentically.com
Nicole Dash is a writer, blogger and business owner who lives in the suburbs outside Washington, DC with her husband and four children. She started her career as a journalist and copy editor. She also managed public relations and corporate communications for a national franchise company, but in 2009 started a home-based daycare. In 2012, she began her heartfelt blog, Tiny Steps Mommy, where she writes about family, life, parenting and caring for children. Her newest business ventureConnect Authentically, LLC, allows her to help writers and business owners connect with their authentic voice. Nicole is also a Huffington Post Blog Contributor and writes for The DC Moms. She is currently using her authentic voice to write a book, which she plans to publish in late 2014.
George Mason University
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