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You're my Favorite Today is a place where you'll find stories, ideas, and thoughts about navigating the empty nest phase of life and keeping it full of fun, adventure, and — most importantly —possibility!

You'll also find stories about the journey it took to get here, plus a lot of other essays and favorite things that have defined my life for the past eight years ... and continue to do so.

So if your nest is empty — or even if your little chicks are teetering on the edge about to take flight — grab a drink and join me.

Sure, life may be changing, but isn't it pretty great that we are, too?

Friday Favorites – (Very early) Fall Edition

September 4, 2020

Happy Fall, everyone. No, really, here in Minnesota, summer apparently has had enough of 2020 and once September arrived was like SEE YA, SUCKERS, I’M OUT OF HERE.I mean, we can’t blame it, can we? You guys, last week it was in the 80s and the forecast this week is in the 50s and 60s.As…

The Closet Of Broken Dreams

September 2, 2020

I’m standing in my closet, looking for something to wear that’s not pajamas, leggings, or a combination of both. The comfy, lived in, just-got-out-of-bed look I’ve been rocking all day, every day since mid-March has become uninspiring. Ignoring the stacks of jeans, knowing the physical — not to mention emotional — struggle will be too…

Stuck In My Story

August 21, 2020

I’ve been reading more than ever lately. While I haven’t been spending money on fancy coffees or lunches out since March, I’ve more than eclipsed the amount I’ve saved on books. (Totally worth it, IMO.) If we’re supposed to look for silver linings during this difficult period in time, rediscovering my passion for reading has…

Mid-Summer Book Review!

August 14, 2020

What’s that, you say? Mid-summer has long passed? via GIPHY Sure, mid-August might not typically be considered mid-summer, but this year it is, because around here at least — summer is going to lastf o r e v e r! Or at least until the end of September when we will have a few glorious…

Craving Order in the Disorder

July 31, 2020

I love order. If you looked in the storage area of our basement you might have a hard time believing it, but I do. Order, predictability, planning … I strive for structure in all areas of my life, and have since I was little. I’ve always said it didn’t take a therapist to tell me…

A Rule Follower’s Rant

July 15, 2020

I’ve been a rule follower my entire life, and ironically it’s a character trait that hasn’t done me any favors. Sure, it’s kept me out of the principal’s office, jail, and rehab, and I’ve never worried about a scary phone call from my landlord, or the IRS, but weirdly, playing by the rules hasn’t always…

Friday Favorites (except for the murder)

July 10, 2020

Great photo, right? What a majestic, beautiful, amazing creature, right? WRONG.Okay, okay, right, but I’m adding another, less pleasing adjective to his list: MURDERER. Last week we watched this majestic, beautiful, amazing creature murder in cold blood one of our lake’s darling, happy baby loons. What about the other bably loon, you ask? Oh, you…

The Favorites (for now)

June 26, 2020

I know I know.You’re confused, right? You’re like, wait a minute, MICHELLE, what’s with the lame title? Is this just yet another regular YMFT Friday Favorites post with an unoriginal and highly uninteresting title because you still don’t know what to rename the Friday Favorites because even though you still post them on Fridays (when…

What I’m Reading, Watching, and Listening To (June)

June 12, 2020

Hello friends!How’s everyone doing today? You good? You great?You blah?You feeling mad, sad, grateful, guilty, glum, happy, weary, stressed, inspired, tired, and hopeful all at once? via GIPHY I thought I’d focus the Friday Favorites’ post (or let’s be real, a day that might not even be Friday) on some of the books, shows, podcasts…

Bigger Than My Words

June 9, 2020

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been struggling with my thoughts, my actions, and my words. As someone who typically makes sense of the clusterfuck of thoughts scrambling in her head through writing — or at least attempts to — I’ve felt more than a little bit lost. The horrific event that happened so…