June 27, 2018By EmilyArticles, Journal
I made the piece above two years ago. But I never shared it. I didn't know it at the time, but it wasn't finished. Today, I added the text. Around the same time I made this, Sean and I were grappling with whether or not to buy our first house. I was a nervous wreck. [...]

Hurriedness is a form of violence

May 1, 2018By EmilyArticles, Journal
Yesterday I spoke too sharply and unkindly to Ella after repeated efforts to keep her from climbing all over my office chair and desk while I was doing work. Her climbing was one thing. Her ignoring my requests to stop was another. After my outburst, she immediately wilted like a flower on a scorching, sunburnt [...]

Raising our sons

April 22, 2018By EmilyArticles, Journal
My boy. I realized recently that I talk and write a lot about Ella, but not so much Ethan. I think that’s partly because having Ella is what made me a mother, but it’s also because I know what’s it like to be a little girl and then a big girl and then a woman, [...]

Coming Home

April 17, 2018By EmilyArticles, Journal
At 7pm on Sept. 12th, 2013 I started having cramps. By 10pm that night, I knew I was in labor. Just before midnight, I woke Sean up to tell him to get ready. In between contractions, I would scurry around our little apartment in the outskirts of DC, packing my hospital bag. She was, after [...]

Day of the Goddess

April 13, 2018By EmilyArticles, Journal
I learned recently that Friday the 13th was once known as The Day of the Goddess - before patriarchal times, before a woman’s menstrual cycle and bleeding became culturally shameful. Before the day was ‘unlucky’, it was a day to worship the Divine Feminine in all of us - men and women alike. Friday is [...]

Unhurried and Handmade

December 31, 2017By EmilyJournal
Kissing boo boos, changing poo poos. // Dance parties, digging dirt // Making art and make believing // Unhurried, handmade, heart // Messy hands and tangled hair // Belly laughs and juicy pears // Singing, songing, all belonging // Simply, slowly, Gently growing // Inside, outside // All our own // Welcome, welcome to our [...]

The Art of Observing

April 28, 2015By EmilyArticles, Journal
A few months ago I sat down on a Saturday afternoon with a rare couple of hours to myself - no baby, no client, no housework. For the first time in about five years, I pulled out my watercolors and dusted off my brushes. I didn't know what I was going to paint at first, [...]

When I Was In Prison

June 8, 2014By EmilyArticles, Journal

Ten years ago, I made a decision that would change the rest of my life: I decided to live. That choice didn’t come easy. I had to descend to the deepest, darkest place I’ve ever been in order to see light.

10 Solutions For Creative Block

March 27, 2014By EmilyHome

Does this sound like you? Today’s question comes from Molly, who is struggling with creative block. In Molly’s case, her core message for her business is eluding her. But the actual message is secondary to the real problem: stagnation caused by fear. And if you’re like me, Molly’s struggle resonates deeply. I’m talking about that … Read More

To My Husband, On His First Birthday As a Father

March 3, 2014By EmilyArticles, Journal
First-time parenthood is a rush -- a flood of emotions, mistakes, tears and laughter. Too often, we focus on the needs of mama and baby and forget that new dads need love and support too. For many, they are the glue bonding new families together, carrying out silent acts of tenderness between the seams. I [...]