To Mimi: Reflections from My Inaugural Mother’s Day


Dear Mila,

A few days ago, I celebrated my first Mother’s Day. I celebrated you and all the ways you have changed my life. The time we spent as one is forever imprinted on my mind. That you are now here, in my arms, amazes me.

It seems like just a few weeks ago, I was praying for your safe delivery and good health, tearfully asking God to make me the kind of mother you deserve. It seems like just a day ago that you were placed on my chest for the first time. If these last four months are any indication as to how time will fly, I’ll soon be walking you to the Kindergarten door.

I’m forever made better by your very existence. Often, I pray as I prayed while carrying you – that I’ll always be someone you can look up to, learn from, depend on, trust, and enjoy. I hope to always approach you with an open mind, a generous spirit and a full heart.

When I look in your eyes, I see God personified. You carry such an incredible light. You are a queen and so many more to-be-discovered things. Your life will be rich and rewarding as long as you stay true to yourself and recognize you are a powerful being with limitless potential. Stand strong in your convictions, trust your intuition, and always exercise your right to think. Never let a setback take you over – it’s all a part of the process.

Whenever you ever need an encouraging word, a cuddle, or someone to back you up in battle, I am here. Always. And if for any reason I must leave you, know there is no realm from which my love can’t reach you.

With so much joy and love,


What Grinds My Gears: Dim Lituations

Ya know what grinds my gears? When people refer to every place where 100+ people have gathered as “lit.” Just because a bunch of people cram into a small space (i.e. a club), doesn’t make it “lit.” No one is dancing, smiling or showing other signs of merriment, yet you’re dubbing it “lit.” By that logic, the following would all be examples of “lituations”:

a) “Man, that plea deal wasn’t so bad — the yard be lit!”


b) “Write down this fun fact for tomorrow’s quiz, kids. ‘Government-funded soup lines during the Great Depression were lit’.”


c) “The ship that came in yesterday was lit, James. I fetched 50 slaves for a nominal fee.”


So, moving forward, recognize that while a densely populated party venue is indicative of noteworthy promotional skills, it does not suggest a blazing blowout. #GoodDay