Twenty Years in the Deep

By Kari Shideman | September 29, 2021

Twenty years. Seven thousand, three hundred days. One hundred seventy five thousand, two hundred hours. Ten million, five-hundred twelve thousand minutes ago… I don’t remember what I was doing that night twenty years ago. I like to think that I was basking in the “normalcy” of my mundane mid-twenties life. Was I up watching the…

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The Parenting Arena (Part 1)

By Kari Shideman | September 29, 2021

Before I had children of my own, I did not understand what it was like to be a parent. And while I don’t remember specific instances of being a judgemental asshole, I am certain that I did form opinions of how I would be as a parent – specifically the laundry list of things that…

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My Ugly Beautiful Monster

By Kari Shideman | September 29, 2021

It confused me, hurt me and made me feel eternally out of place when I was younger. It made me feel that nobody understood me. It made me feel unable to understand anyone else because I felt unrelatable. It wouldn’t be quiet – constantly jabbering in my head and heart, asking questions in an effort…

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The Fine Art of Laughing

By Kari Shideman | September 2, 2021

It is as vital to my life as air, food and water. If I didn’t have it I would surely wilt away into nothing. It signifies hope and light and love and all that is glorious. It mends, connects. It is my favorite thing to do in the world and I struggle to find commonalities…

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The Best Starbucks Trip Ever

By Kari Shideman | August 25, 2021

I looked like I had been to Hell and back, and I had. The thought of meeting with a client to discuss their account over a cup of coffee at Starbucks seemed like a good distraction at the time. My world had been blown up into a million pieces, and I was desperate for normalcy,…

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Introducing Mimi (ME-ME)

By Kari Shideman | July 9, 2021

Mimi is steadfast and driven by the commitments she makes to herself and others. Mostly herself. She wakes up at 4:30 every morning and dances – channeling her inner Beyonce, Prince, Eminem and old school Kanye (before his Mama Donna West died and left him broken and lost). She lays in bed at 4:30am and…

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Kari Shideman

I'm Kari...

I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a cynic, a dreamer, an encourager, a believer in unexpected blessings.

I feel things deeply and have a million words stuck in my soul that need a place to release... so here we are.

I truly believe that the human experience is meant to be shared. Our world has so many tools to try to connect us all, but we all still  live in such disconnection from other human beings. We try to tackle life on our own and that is just not necessary.

I believe that life is both amazing and brutally hard at times. To be human is to connect with others, and to fully accomplish this, we need to live in the REAL. Life is not meant to go through on the surface level.

My hope is that somehow I will inspire people to dive a little deeper, to laugh a little harder, to live a little more connected.

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