“People often believe only what they choose to believe, not what may be unbelievable but true.” – Janis Heaphy Durham
Do YOU believe in life after death? Stay with me here, I know it’s an off-putting question to ask on a random Thursday, but let’s talk about it for a bit.
I’ve always believed in life after death, primarily because I’m a Mormon and one of the main tenets of my religion is that there was life before this one, and another after we die. It doesn’t seem strange to me at all to think of the state of life as fluid, moving from one sphere to the next.
But I absolutely understand that it’s a strange concept for a lot of people; I get it. It’s one of those feel-y, faith-y things, and plenty of people think the idea of life after death is completely bananas. In fact, the author of the new book, The Hand On The Mirror, Janis Heaphy Durham, was one of them. Durham was a journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning publisher of the newspaper the Sacramento Bee, a fact-based professional if there ever was one, whose notion of the whole thing was flipped … >> find out more...
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Motherhood has been the theme of my life. The purpose of my being. A few weeks ago I shared a piece I wrote about Motherhood and its central role for me, and before and since I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about it, this grand title of mother and what it all means.
The love of children, of infants and babies, of other souls and their quirks and singular humanness is maybe the only part of mothering … >> find out more...
I’m loving this new inspiring series on Petit Elefant, the Petit Elefant Quote of the Week. It’s been a fun way to pass on and share a little inspiration and hope with the world. Some will be silly, some majorly serious, others basic tenets of living a happy life. I just love quotes and love sharing the good ones with other people I love, which means you guys. I hope you enjoy!
This week’s quote by Maya Angelou below.
Petit Elefant Quote of the Week
Success is liking yourself,
liking what you do,
– Maya Angelou –
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Last week I started a new series on Petit Elefant, Petit Elefant Quote of the Week as a way to pass on and share a little inspiration and hope with the world. Some will be silly, some majorly serious, others basic tenets of living a happy life. I just love quotes and love sharing the good ones with other people I love, which means you guys. I hope you enjoy!
This week’s quote below.
Petit Elefant Quote of the Week
If you have a bad thought
tell it to go to
because that is exactly
where it came from.
– Brigham Young –
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Do you remember the post I shared with you a couple weeks ago with a title like that of a Dr. Seuss book: Amazing Women Are Absolutely Everywhere? I was pretty touched by those of you who reached out in comments, emails, and on Instagram about how inspired you were by the SCA all-girl sailing team and their journey across the globe. In fact my 15-year-old daughter read the post and asked, “How can I get involved? I want to do this! Who are these women and how can I be one of them?”.
If you’re involved with young girls of any kind you’ll understand why that reaction from my own girl was so powerful. To my teenage daughter the strong, smart, empowered women comprising the SCA sailing team are way better than any rock star or celebrity, and for that I’m eternally grateful. What better role models can a mother ask for than strong women unapologetically pursuing difficult, but fulfilling passions?
My daughter isn’t the only one who looks up to smart women. I’m constantly in awe of the women in my life who light it up in political arenas, boardrooms, school PTA’s, churches, and as … >> find out more...
In February, a friend recommended I audition for a show called Listen To Your Mother, a nationwide show wherein people from across the country gather for an evening to hear original essays on motherhood. It never would’ve occurred to me to audition for the show had I not been pushed, and I’m so glad I was because it was a really powerful experience, both to hear other women’s stories about motherhood, and to write my own.
Motherhood is pretty hard. From every angle. But the resounding theme of the night, from every story heard, was overwhelming gratitude for the great and difficult gift of motherhood.
The show was recorded and will be made available on YouTube this Summer, but in the meantime I thought I’d share my piece on motherhood with you, for Mother’s Day.
In the words of the daughter, granddaughter and mother, Beyoncé Knowles,
“I am a result of my grandmother’s prayers.”
My mother, my daughter and I, are also the result of a grandmother’s prayers. My grandmother’s prayers; her fervent, specific prayers, for daughters. My mother was the last child, the only girl in a family of boys. My mother also prayed for daughters; she … >> find out more...
I love a good quote. Like, a lot. So I’ve decided to start a new series on Petit Elefant that I’ve been itching to do for awhile: a Petit Elefant Quote of the Week.
Starting today, I’m going to post a weekly quote. Something that resonates with me, is relevant to topical world events, makes my heart sing. Because a really good, timely good quote makes the world go round.
When I went away to college, my older sister sent a bound notebook to me with a note to write down a good quote when I found one, and I’ve been doing just that, faithfully, for the last 20 years. It’s interesting to go through my quote books and see what sorts of things were resonating with me at certain periods of my life, just like it will be interesting for me to look back on this time period and see what touched me right now.
I toyed with the idea of making a printable, and maybe I will at some point. Maybe I’ll do like Ellie and whip out my watercolor paints, get real artsy with it. But for now, I’ll just photograph my current quote journal. … >> find out more...
Everywhere I look, women are doing something awesome. I mean well and truly cool, inspiring, life changing kinds of things.
It’s no secret I think women are amazing. I talk often about my phenomenally fierce mother and grandmother, and my posse of talented and strong girlfriends. Women rule, the end.
I love dudes too, don’t get me wrong. I’m married to the coolest guy I know, and my own father and brothers are great guys. But today we’re talking about the power of girls, because make no mistake, girls are getting it done.
And by ‘it’, I mean everything.
For example, last week I went to hear a friend of mine speak at a conference for women, and learned a bit about her vast educational knowledge of The Classics, Greek + Latin histories and their languages. This friend is an unassuming, hilarious and slightly snarky (the very best kind of friend) fellow swim mom you’d never guess from afar is actually one of the brightest minds of her generation. She’s a former Rhodes Scholar who studied at Oxford, lived in Germany for nearly two years as a missionary for her church, completed a PhD in the Classics at U.C. Berkeley … >> find out more...
Seriously, thank you the most. From the deepest place in my heart, thank you. It’s a bit scary to put yourself out there, really super out there, like I did last week when I wrote about how I’m figuring out the purpose of life. Being vulnerable is awesome, and also terrifying, but you made it terrifyingly awesome by your response to me opening up.
Thank you for all the texts, comments, and emails about how that post resonated with you. You’re pretty much the best. Of all time.
SO MANY of you are where I am right now: sick of being overstimulated and exhausted, led around by the collar on the leash of our fabulous new electronic age. It was super reassuring to hear from those of you who feel this stress and want to do something about it. Because we can. Do something about it, that is.
I’m super stoked to tell you my life is less and less stressful, and more purposeful and happier every day. I’ll totally share with you the things I’m doing to make it so. It’s super easy and hard at the same time, and my life is so much … >> find out more...