Life. Career. Parenting. Service. 21st century grown ups.

🙋‍♀️ 🙋‍♂️ Hello 2021 and welcome to Mind the Beet! Subscribe to never miss a post.

What Is it?

Mind The Beet is about saving time and using it well - especially for 21st century grown ups. We’ll discuss what we’ve learned and good advice we hear about parenting, career, responsibly using our privilege, service and volunteerism, household management, and more. We promise curated, high quality advice and idea provoking thought pieces you can put into every day practice as you navigate your own life.

Hopefully our own slice of life here can help us all define what it means to be adults today.

Who We Are

👋 Hi there! We are Helen and Adam - we’ve been married for 10 years, have two young children, and both work demanding and fulfilling careers. As we both approach 40 and our kids enter school full time, we both have passion to talk authentically about how we’ve created true partnership in our marriage, career, and household and what’s next in our lives. We live in Kirkland, Washington.

What’s Up With The Beet?

Reading is a great passion of ours and for a slice of life blog like this one, coming of age and character development focused novels seem very appropriate. As such, we were struck by Tom Robbin’s Jitterbug Perfume which includes this quote:

The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity.  The onion has as many pages as War and Peace, every one of which is poignant enough to make a strong man weep, but the various ivory parchments of the onion are quickly charred by belly juices and bowel bacteria. Only the beet departs the body the same color as it went in.

Beets consumed at dinner will, come morning, stock a toilet bowl of crimson fish, their hue attesting to beet's chromatic immunity to the powerful digestive acids and microbes that can turn the reddest pimento, the orangest carrot, the yellowest squash into a single disgusting shade of brown.

At birth we are red-faced, round, intense, pure. The crimson fire of universal consciousness burns in us. Gradually, however, we are devoured by parents, gulped by schools, chewed up by peers, swallowed by social institutions, wolfed by bad habits and gnawed by age and by the time we have been digested, cow style, in those six stomachs, we emerge a single disgusting shade of brown.

The lesson of the beet, then, is this: hold on to your divine blush, your innate rosy magic, or end up brown.

So we decided to name this space Mind the Beet. Whether it’s wielding complex systems so they serve you not consume you or finding the balance we want not what society dictates in a marriage - we aspire to maintain our own way of doing things even as we fully embrace the systems that surround us.

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