No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

August 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Breathing Space, current, Mothering Space

  About Today’s Contributor As the creator of The Lovely Now, Miki is a photographer and creativity coach for thoughtful and down-to-earth families who are inspired to love their chaos and live what matters. Her favorite thing to do is climb into the chaos of All The Things, guide you into the present moment, help […]

Alone with the sky. And full of joy.

November 29, 2013 by  
Filed under current, Mothering Space, Wisdom Space

I live in the desert. Beyond my backyard is a wide-open expanse of scrub bushes, a few cacti, and low, creosote covered mountains. We bought this house for the view. Watching the sunrise and the clouds shift and the light change has indeed brought me much joy. But I can count the number of times […]

The Redemptive Power of Boring Polyester

August 29, 2013 by  
Filed under current, Mothering Space

Things haven’t been too easy around here recently. Just the mommy-I-need-this-mommy-I-want-that-mommy-can-I-eat-all-the-candy-in-the-house-right-before-bedtime kind of hard, but most days, that’s hard enough, thank you. So a few weeks ago we needed to get new school uniforms for the kids. Before we went into the store, I wanted to prepare them. So I said, “This is going to […]

One Thing

June 25, 2013 by  
Filed under current, Mothering Space

It seems lately that Time and I are fighting a lot. I am acutely feeling pressure of “too much to do and not enough time” in a way I don’t seem to recall ever having faced it before. Even in college and grad school I didn’t feel like this. That was, indeed, a lot to […]

A List To Remind Me

May 10, 2013 by  
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Happiness is… Really feeling it, what ever “it” is, good or bad, and knowing that I am alive. Burying my nose in my son’s hair and breathing in his little-boy smell. Really, truly seeing what I am seeing and know that my life is beautiful. Having sought and struggled and tried and failed and finally […]

What Freedom Looks Like

April 12, 2013 by  
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Freedom and parenthood. Sounds a bit oxymoronic, doesn’t it? How can you be “free” if someone needs you every moment of every day, for years and years and years on end? How I can be free if, even at the age of 35 I have to get permission to leave the house if the kids […]

The Courage to Quit

March 21, 2013 by  
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I’m calling it quits. Throwing in the towel. Raising the white flag. My name is Miki, and I’m not a perfect mother. For the last seven years, since my darling daughter took her very first breath and screamed her very first scream, I’ve been trying to get it right. I’ve read all the books and […]

The Words In Your Heart

February 13, 2013 by  
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The words in your heart are important. What you want to say matters. The world needs you to put your love into words. I’ve been thinking about this in my own life. Yes, I love my kids. Absolutely, I love my husband. And they know it. But they can’t hear it often enough. It feels so […]

Front and Center

January 30, 2013 by  
Filed under current, Mothering Space, Wisdom Space

Recently the landscape of my mental space underwent a tectonic shift. It was like getting whacked upside the head by a monk in those Buddhist stories, like looking in the mirror and finding out that all this time I thought my hair was blond but finding it’s really black. I realized that it’s ok to […]

The Best I Can

December 19, 2012 by  
Filed under current, Mothering Space

I wanted to sit down and write a really juicy piece about how I’ve found peace as a parent. I searched my brain for some big heavens-parting moment of pure loveliness when the kids were being fantastic and I loved what I was doing every moment and I’d taken a shower that morning. But I […]

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