Monthly Musings | May Flowers

Happy happy spring! The weather has been a little funky in Connecticut, but it looks like warm weather is on the horizon.

We are enjoying this season with our girl — lots of walks, swings, parks, and bubbles! April was a fun month. We had some weird 90-degree weather, and I loved witnessing our plants bloom and blossom over the past few weeks.

In mid-April, I went to Portland for a work trip but extended my visit to see my very best friend who moved out there a couple of years ago (blog coming soon). I really liked Portland! What I enjoyed about Portland is that it had a lot of fun neighborhoods to poke around in. The downtown was OK, sleepier than I thought it would be, but where the city shines is throughout the side neighborhoods where you forget that you are in a city!

In late April, I went to Atlanta for another work trip, and that experience was a little chaotic. While there were cute parts of Atlanta, I don’t feel the desire to return (even though I think my client will be going back in the fall).

I read 5 books in April, and I really only enjoyed the poetry!

  • Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
  • Maame by Jessica George
  • Find Your Unicorn Space: Reclaim Your Creative Life in a Too-Busy World by Eve Rodsky
  • Blue Horses: Poems by Mary Oliver
  • Please Love Me at My Worst (Poems) by Michaela Angemeer

What I’m up to this month

This month I have a few family events, birthday parties for cutie one-year-olds, a bridal shower, and a trip to Charlotte for another work event!

My goal this month is to take every day as it comes, move my body, and stick with my creative goals (unicorn space, as Eve calls it)!

Podcast update

Aaaaand we have a name: We’re Talkin’ Postpartum. It took a few weeks, but I came up with a name and I’m working with a friend on logo and branding. My first interview is next week, and I am working on writing my own podcast episode where I share my story and why I am doing a podcast! Eep!

Wait what is “Poemspartum”?

Glad you asked. I also started my first book of poetry called “Poemspartum” and I will be reading a poem at the beginning of each episode! I can’t wait to finish and publish this bad boy. I will start to write them on the blog. To read them, look under the new tab, “Poemspartum” 🙂

What I’m reading

Here’s what I’m reading this month!

  • The Empire of Gold (The Daevabad Trilogy #3) by S.A. Chakraborty (taking me forever)
  • Homecoming by Kate Morton (one of my favorite authors)
  • Happy Place by Emily Henry

What I’m watching

  • You (omg obsessed)
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (the 5th season is eh…)

What I’m listening to

  • Mt. Joy
  • Noah Kahan
  • beabadoobee


when springtime comes

i am five again

running around my yard squealing at the buds

as they poke their sleepy heads

from the still-cold ground

ready for their second chance.

i read an anne bradstreet poem

in college

where she envies the spring.

she acknowledges, in awe,

that the trees have a chance for rejuvenation

the flower’s encore,

life begets life.

i understand her envy now.

nature always gets that second chance

the time for regrowth

but what about us?

and then i remember the new england winters

my tear-stained cheeks

hugging my knees wishing for sun and warmth


bradstreet and i were alike in many ways


scared of the winter

writing poetry in a soft light among snoring creatures

our pens scratching paper

our minds unable to rest.

wishing we too could rise again

from the dusty soil

squinting in the sunlight

ready to stretch our roots.

but that’s why we have spring

it’s here for you and me

to brush off the wet snow

turn our faces to the sun

and drink, drink, drink

we all can start anew.

April Wrap-Up

Happy spring! April flew by — lots of travel and lots of work. Despite all the busyness, I still managed to read 5 books! I read two books of poetry, two pieces of nonfiction, and a contemporary fiction I’ve been meaning to get my hands on.

Here’s what I read in April:

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson

I read this one for book club and it was okay. Some parts were funny, and the other parts were just overkill. Some parts were really vulnerable and real, which I appreciated. I don’t plan on reading anything else by her.

Maame by Jessica George

I wanted a little more out of this one. I enjoyed the premise but felt like the execution wasn’t there. It read like a first draft that needed some polishing. The narrator was not my favorite (she was pretty boring), and her narration/prose was very flat.

Find Your Unicorn Space: Reclaim Your Creative Life in a Too-Busy World by Eve Rodsky

This book was recommended by a friend and it was just what I needed to get stoked about my writing and creating my own unicorn space. Stay tuned 🙂

Blue Horses: Poems by Mary Oliver

I just love Mary Oliver. Her poems are as easy as breathing. They are inspiring and warm and comfortable and nostalgic. She was truly a gift.

Please Love Me at My Worst (Poems) by Michaela Angemeer

I picked up this book of Poetry at Powell’s Books in Portland and flipped to a poem that got me hooked. Michaela taught me that my poetry is poetry. That even the simplest of verses can make the most impact on your heart. I love that about her poetry.

What did you read in April?

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