03 Nov 2015

How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference

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24 Sep 2015

The Woman Who Took Me Completely By Surprise Last Week

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03 Aug 2015

I Think I Can, I Think I Can, Do This for the Next 10 Days

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13 Jul 2015

6 Helpful Ways to Respond to Hard Conversations

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04 Jun 2015

Look What You All Did. Again!

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30 Mar 2015

Some Things You Didn’t Know About Me and I Didn’t Know About You

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23 Mar 2015

There’s a First Time for Everything and This is a First for Me and You

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10 Feb 2015

In which I’m in Love with Some People I Met on the Internet {And a Special Valentine’s Day Invitation from Me and Jackson}

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08 Dec 2014

What if We’re Supposed to *Be* the Good News We’re So Desperate for When it Comes to Race Relations in America?

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06 Nov 2014

Why You are Not “Just” a Mommy Blogger

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07 Aug 2014

I’m a white girl from the South African suburbs and I’m “going there”

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04 Aug 2014

When comparisons are choking the life out of you

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02 Aug 2014

The Internet is not the boss of you

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29 Apr 2014

Two women who have changed my life

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25 Nov 2013

Christmas for Africa: Secret Santas Needed!

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21 Nov 2013

Happy (?) Holiday Photos: The truth behind every plastic smile from an expert with a camera around her neck.

Because during almost every family photo session, I encounter a mother’s apology for her kids “acting out.” It seems as if receiving cards every December donned with perfect grins and matching outfits has skewed everyone’s perception of what’s really going on behind the lens. I see these “flaws” as an opportunity to comfort the parents, play with the kids, and attempt to capture through the camera the thing that we are all loving and hating and trying to celebrate all at the same time – childhood. It’s slipping through your motherly fingers as you comb through his little strands of hair. The jittery feet will soon be stilled by maturity and self-awareness. The squeals of excitement will soon be replaced by more subdued tones and passive comments.

I can promise you one thing – these bursts of energy, the inability to hold still and smile, won’t last forever.

The impermanence of it all is what should grip us. Not the temporary frustration.

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