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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'm guilty of the wheelhouse usage but I've been using it for years (does that make it better?). I learned from TLo who used it frequently in discussing designers on Project Runway. FANTASTIC incredible links as ALWAYS, friend.
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I wasn't sold on the Healthy Living Bundle until I found this amazing surprise. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
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Sharing the books I've been reading and what I hope to dive into next! Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
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This reminds me of the Patty Griffin song (covered by the Dixie Chicks) "Fly," and one line in particular: "It would take an acrobat, and I already tried all that. I'm gonna let him fly." This is a much bigger part of adulthood than I could have ever, ever guessed. Knowing when it's over, and how to bring things to a (hopefully) gracious close. Beautiful insights as always, friend.
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Click over to win a box of 100% safe, natural, and effective products from Freshana Organic! Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
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It is the family history of adverse reactions that led me to do the research, too! Vaccine injuries do happen (and will hopefully be reported to VAERS!). And yes, many, many adults need boosters. I got mine for pertussis (I think it's called TDaP for older children and adults?) when I was pregnant with the twins.
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Some state health departments may tell you "no shots, no school!" but every parent has the right to know that is not true. Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
So, so true, Naomi! I've had chemical/synthetic fragrances out of our home for so long that I kind of forgot that aspect! I absolutely CANNOT HANDLE them anymore. Such a great reminder. Thank you!
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Today, we're continuing the Highly Sensitive Parents series by looking at the first topic that I included in my Highly Sensitive Parents post: scents and smells. As HSPs, we're learning to embrace the fact that our senses are more fine-tuned... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
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 Aug 25, 2014 at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
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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 Aug 22, 2014 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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