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Megan Tietz
the wind-swept plains of Oklahoma
I'm sorta crunchy as in sorta granola, sorta hippie, and always in my barefeet.
Interests: reading, writing, photography, babywearing, vaccine injury awareness, and simple living., raising up babies, christian spirituality. attachment parenting, breastfeeding advocacy (in infancy and beyond)
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I absolutely cannot LIVE without PicTapGo. Like you, almost every single shot gets Lights On and +Contrast. INSTANTLY phone photos are so much better. I almost always put Skinny Jeans on top, too, because I like the look, but I usually dial down the intensity. You have a great eye for cropping. Love what you said about how it helps you tell the story.
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This girl. For those who have read Spirit-Led Parenting, can you even believe that my baby Dacey is nine and a half? A long-legged fourth grader learning more each day how to live into the person she was created to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
You two look AMAZING. Totally hear you on the baby years. I like newborns ... and then I really enjoy them again starting at about 4.
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photo by Carlie Jeen Co. via unsplash It continues to completely amaze me how many people have responded to the Highly Sensitive Parents post that I published last June. Even more than amazed by the response, I have been utterly... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
JJ can do no wrong. Agreed! Thanks for playing, friend!
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I KNOW! I told Kyle the same thing - that it's the one show I wish I could have the joy of re-watching fresh from the start. (That's actually a point of discussion on one of the podcasts.) (And Kyle said he wouldn't have chosen that show. I think his pick was Breaking Bad. Whatevs.) So yes! So much happy heart reading your comment. I like the idea of flash-sideways BFFs, too. ;)
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Oh, Charlie. He's a good egg. I also thought the finale was a lovely, hopeful invitation to think of the grand scheme a little differently, too.
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Boone and Shannon are definitely not my favorites. In fact, that is my one nit-pick about the finale. Sayid and Shannon?! NO. She was NOT the love of his life.
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You really are a reading guru, you know. One of many ways that Letters degree is serving you well! Life-changing book for me was/is Brennan Manning's Ragamuffin Gospel. After being brought in a faith all too often railroaded by legalism (both unspoken and overt), his message of "grace, grace" was a paradigm-shifter in the best possible way. I have such affection for that book. I have others, but that's the one I always think of as most life-changing.
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brilliant LOST Lego via Nathan Forget A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon an incredible discovery for the die-hard LOST fans among us: the LOST rewatch podcast! A few friends and I have been listening along and having our own... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
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Gorgeous, gorgeous. You and your words.
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photo by Josh Kenzer Each week after I publish the Sunday links, I start a draft post for next week's link list. By Tuesday, it was clear that none of the links I had collected so far would be appropriate... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
Hey there! Thanks so much for sharing your story. I am so sorry you have had such a difficult struggle with this. To clarify, I didn't even take up the suicide issue that he tackled in that post. I don't agree that for every single person it's a choice in the sense that a neuro-typical person would consider "choice." I think it's a very nuanced discussion because mental illness manifests in so many different ways. What I very much took issue with were his very words that "joy is the only thing that defeats depression." What I hoped to illustrate with my story was that no matter how much joy I experienced in the midst of depression, that joy was ultimately powerless to defeat the depression. Mr. Walsh is a very, very popular blogger with a wide and vast platform, and as he has shared since, that post has gotten MILLIONS of views. I just think it is dangerous to make statements like that because who knows how many are debating getting medication, treatment, or therapy to defeat the depression, but they read his article and believe that finding joy is the cure. I didn't write that sentence that way - he did. And he has (sort of) clarified it in his follow-up post but the fact remains that his not how he stated it initially. This is such an intensely personal topic and our stories are so dear and tender to us. I so appreciate you sharing yours. I am so grateful to God that when faced with the choice, God reached out through the darkness and helped you choose life! As someone who has not struggled with suicidal thoughts, I can't even begin to speak to that experience, and I deeply appreciate you telling your story as well as why and how Mr. Walsh's words rang so true with you.
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Hi Becca! Thanks so much for adding your voice to the conversation here. I am so glad that you did. I think it is so interesting because the beauty of online discussion is that everyone will pull from it what is meaningful to them. I am genuinely relieved to know that you felt inspired reading his words. It's obvious from the response that he struck a chord with many people, and that many were uplifted and encouraged. I don't begrudge ANYONE that, that's for sure! I think for me reading his assertion that "joy is the only thing that defeats depression" made me feel that he tipped over into dangerous territory and I just couldn't sit quietly for that. His follow-up post is much more nuanced, but nuance doesn't get you millions of pageviews, you know? I absolutely agree that it truly takes all types and all responses to do the work of the Kingdom. That's actually kind of one of the reasons I love Myers Briggs! It's like a fleshed-out version of Paul's writings on the roles of the body/Body. I can never accomplish what an INTJ would do. I wouldn't even try. I can only do my ENFP/Advocate thing which is how we ended up here. You don't want to me start rambling into MB territory so I'll wrap up! Again, thank you so much for sharing your story and what you got out of his post and the discussion at large. I so appreciate your time and thoughts!
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You are more than welcome to share, Sian. Please do link back, I would appreciate it. Thanks!
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Gosh, that could probably be a post in and of itself! My husband was a lifeline throughout my worst struggles. Practically speaking - he intervened in day to day to life to make things easier for me. Part of my depression was an exhaustion and a tendency to get VERY VERY OVERWHELMED by normal life stuff. He made dinner a LOT, he got my older girls through evening routine and bedtime a LOT, he cared for the twins so I could get out of the house and get fresh air. He knew he couldn't reach into my brain and fix the problems, but he did know he could try to make our home a safe place for me. Emotionally and spiritually - he just didn't give up on me. He talked me down from ledges, he held me while I cried, he looked right into the very worst of the darkness and didn't flinch (at least not that I could see). I can see so easily how quickly you can go to a place of "I love them but they would be better off without my craziness," but he constantly pulled my feet back from that path. He never, ever made it seem like my "crazy" (which is how I felt) was too much for him.
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Thank you for speaking with such care, Bethany. I so appreciate that. There is no doubt that depression is, in addition to many things, a spiritual struggle. I could have expounded more on that, I suppose, but I was already over 1200 words and needed to wrap it up! :) I guess what rubbed me wrong about that post is that I felt like he said - without room for nuance - that JOY is THE CURE for depression. And I just can't agree with that. Is looking for joy and embracing joy a powerful part of treatment and healing for some people? Oh, absolutely! But the way he wrote it (again, I am looking simply to what he actually wrote, I won't try to read his mind), he seems to exclude other very valid forms of treatment for depression, relegating it SOLELY to the spiritual realm. That's the point that the compelled me to write. Again, I so very much appreciate your contribution to the discussion! So gracious and filled with care.
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Oh my goodness. Thank you so much for the correction! I'll change it right away.
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photo of and by Elizabeth Gadd. Please see more of her lovely work here: Lizzy Gadd on Flickr A little while ago, Kyle came in the house from running errands, took one look at me and said, "You're just sitting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
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I've thought of several ways I could frame this, how I could approach it with coy phrases or embellished truths, how I could make it seem more holy than it actually is. As we transitioned into summer 2014, Kyle and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
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*sigh* So dreamy. As I told you last week, that night remains one of the most beautiful, most joy-filled of my life. So thoughtful in every detail, so warm and soul-filling. You really, really are an incredible hostess, especially in events like these where your gift of hospitality whirls together with your gift of encouragement, and every person in attendance can walk away with memories of a delightful time together. XOXOXOXOOXO
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stack o' delicious pancakes via Jamie McCaffrey Oh my GOODNESS. How did that happen? Believe me, I had no plans to go an entire week with nothing but quiet to be found here. In fact, I had a week's worth... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
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hearty breakfast sandwich from jeffreyw I know I am running VERY late with this post today, but we have been scurrying around like mad trying to get ready for the start of school tomorrow. However, I really like this week's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
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photo taken by AJ in her "experimental angles" phase. full disclosure: I totally used PicMonkey to whiten my teeth. Also, stop looking at my tongue. You'll only encourage it. I guess I've always believed our culture's story about The Mid-Life... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
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Ha! I grabbed this picture out of Flickr's Creative Commons, so it's not my food. I have puzzled over the wafers, too. I think it must be something not available in the USofA!
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