Tales of a Secular Christian: “Marilyn Manson”

Marilyn Manson clutching the Holy Bible.

In an attempt to talk more openly about my Christian faith, I’ve decided to bluntly share my upbringing in a series I’m calling “Tales of a Secular Christian”, wherein I share how my public school education melded with my church upbringing. (Thanks Mom and Dad, for being too poor to put me into Christian school!) I hope to share a bit about how various secular elements have given me the...

Entertainment Round-Up: Spring 2019

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I’ve had a bit of a dry spell in TV time since my son was born. Having kids does greatly limit your ability to watch non-child-friendly entertainment, but here I am doing my best. Like, sure, I can watch all I want with my infant son around, but being off work means that my daughter’s also always around, which means that it’s kid-friendly Netflix all up in here most of...

Style Guide: Pattern Mixing Like A Boss

I’m just gonna pat my own back here: one of the most frequent comments I receive about my clothing choices is how good I am at pattern mixing. It’s definitely become the most fun about discovering fashion and developing my own looks. I’ve always been a visual person. I love patterns and textures and colour. They really do make me happy and help stabilize my moods. People often tell me...

Building A Writer Platform

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I know that I’m not the only writer who struggles with keeping a blog regularly updated. It shouldn’t be this hard. It’s writing. It’s what I do. Yet, here I am typing out this crap mere hours before the series finale of Game of Thrones. Oh, the pain of building a writer platform. I’ve spent a lot of time on Pinterest this past week, looking for blogging tips and social...

Resetting My Writing Goals

I haven’t written a short story since 2016. Honestly, it’s shocking to even just write that because this fact upsets me. It’s really been 3 years? I know I wrote a novel somewhere in there (THAT I STILL HAVE YET TO FINISH EDITING) but I seriously couldn’t cram in a story or two in that time? Really? Really? What happened to my writing goals? I really don’t know how a...

My Makeup Essentials

My love of makeup started late. I’m an elder millennial, so I didn’t really know what the hell I was doing until only recently. As in, 2016-ish? I can’t really say that I would have ever been comfortable walking into a Sephora until just last year or so. In this last year, though, I have amassed a nice selection of makeup essentials. My husband would tell you that I went...

Domestic Goddess: A Myth

Two weeks and four days into becoming a mother for the second time and I’ve had my first breakdown. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still better than I did my first go around. I had the whole domestic goddess routine all figured out. Floors were swept. Laundry was done AND put away. My phone stayed face-down. I even played mind-numbing games with my daughter and didn’t quite want to slam...

Have Read: Books of Winter / Spring 2019

A stack of books I've read from Jan - April of 2019.

As I’ve mentioned in my last completed book post, I’ve been spending more of my time lost between pages. And when I mean pages, I mean actual, physical pages. Returning to books has rekindled a love of reading I never really thought I’d regain in my adult life. Who knew I just needed to set a little more time to read? This year, in particular, has really boosted things, especially...

While I Was Away: A Horror Story

RJH holding her newborn son, Arthur.

Since I was last here, I started gestating my second child. That’s essentially my excuse for not updating sooner. I needed to sleep. Smells hit me. Anxiety started brimming. I started making excuses. Too pregnant to edit. Too pregnant to blog. I was too pregnant to be a writer. Oh, the horror! Then Red Dead Redemption II came out and I didn’t even need to make excuses anymore. I’d spent...