Better Together

Last week, family and friends gathered to honor the life of my great aunt Elaine, who died at age 89 after a long illness. I showed up just a few minutes before the service began, as is my way, and settled in next to my little sister, Betsey. Displayed on the dais of the funeral… Continue reading Better Together

Momni Summer Writing Contest

As big as our Momni community is now, it's important to remember that it started with just two special people: Joy Lee and her mother, Mary. Eight years after the pair first started their business, the family business has grown along with its aspirations. From in-shop events, to buzz word fashion shows, to our everyday… Continue reading Momni Summer Writing Contest

Self Care Benders

Grey light brushed my eyes on a Tuesday morning with soft severity. An exhausted snooze button met my hand for the sixth time, and I rolled over a dark mass of pillows to find my round tabby cat, Pumpkin, staring at me with an exceptionally annoyed look. I know that seeing, "Get up you lazy… Continue reading Self Care Benders

Model Citizen

When I was offered a spot as a model in my favorite boutique’s second annual fashion show, it was like receiving my letter from Hogwarts. But as the day of the show approached, I became nervous, palpably so. I felt like I hadn’t prepared at all. The outfits had been chosen, sure. But was I… Continue reading Model Citizen

Artist in Training

For my whole life I have wanted to be an artist. Matisse prints on my apartment walls and art school google searches in my browsing history, I check out Virginia Wolfe from the library and scribble page after page into an exhausted journal. I lean into the anxious creative inside me between museum walls and… Continue reading Artist in Training

Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City

During my four-year Ph.D. program at Florida State, it was difficult to imagine the end. But once my dissertation was approved, my rented cap and gown returned, and all the champagne guzzled, leaving Tallahassee became a reality. I’d have to go somewhere, and it seemed only right that I move to Jacksonville, where my boyfriend… Continue reading Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City