Book Review: Writing for Bliss by Diana Raab

I am IN LOVE with this book. I don't have enough amazing words to describe the impact it had on me. Every single page held some nugget of wisdom where I nodded my head along with it, or teared up, or smiled. If you have any interest in telling your own story - in whatever form that takes - you have to read this!

I Don't Belong Here

I wrote this poem last summer after the shooting in Orlando, but after the recent events in Charlottesville, it seems fitting to share it again here. Though, I relish the thought of never having to share it again nor have it be applicable to current life events.

Young Love and the Moments That Never Fade

Butterflies in my stomach. Dressed to the nines. Waiting. Just waiting for him to pick me up. I've been thinking of him all day. Those big brown eyes. That adorable snaggle-toothed smile. Nobody has ever gotten under my skin this way before. Nobody has ever been able to pierce my armored shell of feigned indifference.

Letting My Kids Make Their Own Mistakes

I love my kids more than anything on this planet. I don't want them to suffer and struggle, but sometimes that's life. And I can't tell them how and who to be. I have to remember that I'm there to give them the tools to be their own people. I can help and guide and hand them the chisel. But it's up to them to create their own masterpieces. But that mama bear struggle is hard.