It's Father's Day today. A day that is (sometimes) if not even often overlooked. Like all little girls growing up, my father was my hero. He was my knight in shining armor. When he said something, I listened. I compared all boys to him. The one who I felt could do no wrong. I think we all do that, put our daddy's on pedestals. And of course, I learned years later he was only … [Read more...] about 40 Things My Father Taught Me Growing Up That I Will Never Forget #happyfathersday
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I want to start out by saying I am not a violent person. I do have a temper, but honestly, I hate drama and I realize that not nobody's kid is perfect, especially my kid. Kids make mistakes. They push buttons. They can be rude and say things without thinking. But I don't remember reading in the parenting manual that we have a right to mistreat them, or abuse them verbally. … [Read more...] about How Sometimes As A Mom I Just Want To Punch Some Adults In The Face
Me: "What do you mean you're moving out? My Son: I'm moving in with my girlfriend this summer as soon as school is done. Me: You can't do that! You're not even 18 yet. You are graduating. My Mom: Uh- Jodi you were 18 when you moved out. Me: Giving the stink eye to my mom. Uh you're not helping Ma! So that's how the conversation went. My son is moving out. … [Read more...] about How Do You Let Go Of 18 Years? When Children Become Adults #motherhood
It's been 11 years since I miscarried our baby girl. Her name was Skylar Mackenzie Shaw, and there are times I often think about who she would have been, what type of person she would have become had she lived this side of heaven. But along with that comes the guilt because had I not lost her, I wouldn't have my sweet boy who just turned 11 recently. That's right, I … [Read more...] about Is It Okay to Grieve A Miscarriage Years Later?
I sat in the tub staring at my legs. The pressure I felt overwhelming. My feet and ankles were swollen. I was once again retaining water. Then I looked down at my hands seeing the new spots on them. Tiny little pimple-like spots that were brownish in colored and itchy. Psoriasis on my hands. My heart began racing. My mind swirling. I knew which direction it was … [Read more...] about How Did I Get Okay With Being Fat? Battling Weight Issues At Forty-Something.
This past week I shared with you guys on downsizing from a home to an apartment and tips on how to do that because hubby and I have decided to move. What I haven't shared with you are the reasons why. I said I was moving because hubby couldn't do the stairs anymore, neither could our son (both with disabilities) and have told people it's because my parents can't visit, … [Read more...] about Why I’m Looking Forward To Moving And Getting Out Of My Depression Funk
When I was twenty-two years old, I wrote my very first romance novel. It's all I dreamed of being. A writer. Ten years later, I wrote another book. Then another. And then a few more. Each one filled with unique characters. Each one sitting in a file on my laptop collecting cyber-dust. Why? You might think it's because I'm afraid of failing. But you would be wrong. The … [Read more...] about Can Being Afraid of Success Stop You From Achieving Your Goals?
Over this past year hubby and I have talked about our life and what is important to us, and we decided to make some big changes. We’re moving from a three-bedroom townhouse to a two-bedroom apartment to simplify things in our life, getting back to a time where life has purpose and meaning. Yes, it’s going to be challenging. We only have two weeks to pack. But we’ve looked at … [Read more...] about Downsizing Your House To An Apartment Without Losing The Comforts of Home
Every year I look forward to my anniversary. One because it happens during the Christmas holiday, December 22nd we got married. And two because we made it another year together without killing each other, our kids or mentioning the word divorce - a triumph in its own right. Each year hubby surprises me with either a box of chocolates or a bouquet of my favorite … [Read more...] about How My Husband Surprised Me With a Box of Chocolate Covered Romance
Follow my blog with Bloglovin The snow is falling. The roads are slippery but manageable. It's one more day until Christmas and our house is buzzing with excitement. Though I have to say, this past week it didn't feel so Christmassy here. I don't know what it is this year, but everyone is in a foul mood. At the grocery store. The doctor's office. Waiting in line at the … [Read more...] about Feeling The Christmas Crunch and Bahumbugs All Around Me
Netflix | Brand Partner Looking back on the last 43 years of my life, it's hard to believe everything I've been through. I'm not sixteen anymore. I look at my son whose turning 18 and I was already out of the house by then. It's amazing to think he's about to start his own life, just like I did. As a strong mother and woman, I took a little inspiration from some of the … [Read more...] about Dear Jodi: A Letter To Myself Giving Tips On Life #StreamTeam
It was after school. I was in my pajamas because I hadn't been feeling well. Was that another police car? Something was going on. I sat outside. The rain pouring down like God's tears, chubby and cleansing. I waited for my husband to bring my youngest home from school. Twenty minutes later my youngest had his arms wrapped around me. "Jake home yet?" he asked. I shook … [Read more...] about Abbotsford Senior Secondary School Stabbing Hits Close to Home
I've heard it most of my life. "Wow. You are so easy to talk to." and "I can't believe I'm just telling you this story." or "I don't normally cry this but you've hit on my emotions in a way nobody else has." I had no idea what it meant to be an empath until about five years ago when I heard the word. All my life I've had the ability to just know things, to be able to pull … [Read more...] about Being An Empath Is One of the Hardest Things To Deal With
I bet you thought you wandered down the rabbit hole. Didn't you? Well. You didn't. You are exactly in the right place. Rants n' Rascals has changed. Well. Almost everything has changed. I have a new home. New Style. Now I'm just officially waiting for the url to take up residency right here. I hope you stick around and continue to read on why this change needed to be … [Read more...] about Rants n’ Rascals = Just Jodi Shaw
It's everywhere you look. Some article. Some video showing creepy clowns attacking individuals across the United States and now here in British Columbia. And it needs to stop! Clowns make balloons. They bring laughter to children. They are wonderful birthday surprises. Well not anymore. My son is absolutely terrified to even go trick-or-treating this year because the new … [Read more...] about Creepy Clown Phenomenon Now Set to Purge before Halloween