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Erin, Author at Hiding in the Closet with Coffee

Posts by Erin

The Best of Everything…For Me

Does anyone else feel like they are living under pressure? I feel the pressure to be a great mom. I feel the pressure to be a great wife. I feel the pressure to be great at my job. I feel the pressure to be a great daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, colleague… You get the point.…

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Replacing Immediate Gratification with Patience (Starting Now)

“Good things come to those who wait.” I’ve always hated that phrase because, basically, I am not good at waiting. Never have been. I get stuff done in a hurry. I don’t waste time waiting. I was content with this approach and it was working for me. And then I became a parent. My lack…

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I Resolve to Remember

It’s stressful just thinking about it. New Year’s Resolution time is upon us. I remember one year I vowed to give up sugar. That lasted about 2 days and, dang, that chocolate bar sure was worth it. A more proactive year I resolved to try to be kinder to myself and use “positive self-talk” until I…

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How the Current Political Climate is Improving My Parenting

(Note to our dear readers: This is NOT a political statement position piece. We have created this space to escape from chaos, not t0 be a platform for promoting more. So, read on, dear ones, and grab a great cup of coffee while you’re at it). It’s true. Our toxic political climate has made me a…

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Drowning in “What Ifs”

I used to think admitting that I had anxiety was like revealing a dirty secret. Now I wonder if things would have been different if I had agreed to taking medication for anxiety earlier in life. Would I have handled situations with more grace? Would I have been more willing to take risks? Hindsight may be 20/20, but what…

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Dear Family with the U-haul

As we fly down the highway at 70mph I strain my neck to peer into your jam-packed car. I don’t know what I am expecting to see, a dad white-knuckling it as the packed down u-haul sways in the wind or a mom sobbing in the front seat? Of course, I don’t see much for…

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The Perfect “Anti-Social” Summer

As social media feeds are jam-packed with the grand summer adventures of others, I cannot help but feel pressured. We should be taking more trips. The kids should be doing more social things with others. We should really see that movie, visit that pool, or make that project. Here’s the truth: I just can’t. Here’s…

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Summer Revolution

I have one goal for my summer: not to be a cruise director. Instead, I am starting a Summer Revolution where I am NOT in charge of planning wild and crazy fun and entertainment for my little loves every day of the week. I. JUST. CAN’T! At the inevitable end of every school year, parents…

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