24 things you can’t do

May 4th, 2014


Can’t do it.
Not now.
No time.
Can’t afford.
Can’t imagine.
Save my place.
Hold the space.
Hit the wall.
Saying no.
Not me.
Never again.
No way.
Can’t keep up.
Can’t keep going.
Can’t promise.
Can’t make.
Can’t wait.
Count me out.
Can’t commit.
And then you do.

Here’s hoping you get to 25.

In honor of Mother’s Day, May 11, I’m offering a paperback copy of the perennially popular Momma Zen, personally inscribed, to someone who comments on this post by the end of the day, Friday, May 9. Your gift will arrive shortly after, giving you time to consider what you will do with it.

Photo ©Perry & Roses 2014



  1. I am so glad I discovered your blog and your wisdom recently. You make me a better mama to my girls (ages 4 and 5). And to my older *bonus* children, my stepson, who is almost 14, and my stepdaughter, who is about to leave the nest. I would love a copy of your book for Mother’s Day. It is currently on my Amazon wish list. Thanks again for all you do!

    Comment by Deb McKee Kelly — May 8, 2014 @ 2:17 am

  2. Loved this entry of 24 things.
    I read Momma Zen when my kid was in his 30s
    and I found useable wisdom there still.

    Comment by patti zwick — May 8, 2014 @ 3:33 am

  3. I recommend this book to EVERY new mom I come into contact with. This book was IT for me! Helped me through all three of my children’s births and well into their first years as well as serving as a barometer for my postpartum. LOVE LOVE LOVE all you do and your words!!!!!!

    Comment by Kenna Grant — May 8, 2014 @ 5:59 am

  4. I was looking you back up, years after having been saved by Momma Zen, so I could pass you on to a dear friend and newly struggling mom… Lo! I discovered your blog, got chills from this poem, and hereby comment, hoping to get a signed copy of the book to help that dear friend find her momma zen! Thank you for what you do.

    Comment by Beth — May 8, 2014 @ 6:33 am

  5. 25: Wish I could.


    Comment by Linnea — May 8, 2014 @ 8:35 am

  6. This post immediately grabbed my attention. Thank you for the gentle reminders and, yes, I got to 25. It comforting to know the theme is somewhat universal and that the ability to come to peace lies within each one of us.

    Comment by Miranda Hopkins — May 8, 2014 @ 9:33 am

  7. This book came out when my son was nearing 30-
    still much usable wisdom and now he has a baby son.

    Comment by patti zwick — May 8, 2014 @ 11:33 am


    Comment by Shelli Pawlu — May 8, 2014 @ 11:15 pm

  9. Karen
    About 1 hour ago I got a post from Katrina Kenison, introducing her followers to you and your new book. I decided not to flag it to read when i had time but just coming from a Yoga Nidra practice I gave myself the gift to read the post and be with the words and travel to your website and watch all of your Youtube videos! Thank you, thank you for a delightful, mindful Friday afternoon.

    Comment by Carole — May 9, 2014 @ 11:54 am

  10. I’m working on can.

    Comment by Christine LaRocque — May 12, 2014 @ 2:53 pm

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