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Embracing who you are

Embracing The Woman I’m Becoming: An Ongoing Journey

“Life is a lively process of becoming” -Douglas MacArthur Do you remember what you wanted to be when you were a kid? Perhaps a teacher, …

To Give or Not to Give: Showing My Kids the Real Meaning of Christmas

I wrestle with the best way to make Christmas magical while not going overboard. Every year I struggle: To give or not to give.

Girl sitting in the forest

Having the Courage to be Disliked: Why it’s so Important

“It’s better to risk being disliked for living your truth than to be loved for what you are pretending to be.” -Dawn Gluskin Let’s face …

A Diamond In The Rough: Embracing a Beautiful Learning and Growing Process

Dear Friend, I have something to tell you that maybe you didn’t know!I I see you with your head down and tears flowing. I see …

Authentic Female Friendships

I Got You, Babe: Creating Authentic Female Friendships

Every December for the last five years or so, when my husband and I sat down to list our goals and intentions for the next …

Pumpkins in the Fall

Pumpkin Pie Modified; An Ode to my Uncle John and His Delicious Recipe

Pumpkin Pie recipes are right on time this month. However, let me be honest, this wasn’t the article I had planned to write for this …

Why You Should Be Throwing a Friendsgiving and How to Do It

It’s November so Start Planning: In the last few years we have had a Friendsgiving at our house with 6 of our closest friends and …

It’s Not Too Late! 3 Steps to Take Charge and Make Change Before the End of the Year

There are only a few more weeks left in this year—in this decade, in fact! Have you had a chance to stop and think about …

How to Talk to Veterans: Beyond the Thank You

This Veteran’s Day season I challenge the status quo and invite you to STOP thanking us for our service. Instead ask us ABOUT our service, especially our Vietnam, Korean, and pre-9/11 service members.

butternut squash soup

Soup’s On: Delicious and Easy Butternut Squash Recipe

As the wind whips around, red, orange, and yellow leaves swirl around into a frenzy. Large snow clouds roll in across the horizon, threatening to …

Wake Up Girl: Your Body Size Doesn’t Define your Worth

“Dear Body, You were never a problem. There is nothing wrong with your size, your curves, your scars, your flaws, your stretch marks or you. …

Caution Work Ahead: It’s OK to be a work in progress!

My life is in a current state of unrest. I’m a wife, mom of three kids (two are 5 and under), an employee, and an …

Finding the Light in the Midst of Darkness: A Walk In Central Park

Last month, my 40th birthday wish came true. I got to tour New York City and see a Broadway show. It was a spectacular and …

Hate: 5 Reasons We Let Negativity Take Over Our Emotions

Hate has always been a hard topic to discuss. It is usually seen as negative and can be deemed as an unacceptable emotion, making us …

5 Natural Ways to Manage PTSD- Simple Habits for Daily Life

How to manage PTSD in a healthy and constructive way can feel impossible. There are so many unknown things happening inside our brains that it seems daunting to try and DO anything about it. I hear you. I understand.

Changing Season

When Seasons Change- Deciding to Take a Break From Social Media

I was fairly young when I had my son, and none of my girlfriends were in this season of their lives. So they always seemed …

What Dancing with My Husband Taught Me

I used to be the girl who was afraid of dancing. I was afraid to be in front of other people and worried about what …

forgiveness

I’ve Been That Girl! Forgiving Myself For Not Knowing Better

“Forgive yourself for not knowing better at the time. Forgive yourself for giving away your power. Forgive yourself for past behaviors. Forgive yourself for the …

Power of Words

The Power of Our Words in Life and How They Shape the Future

The power of words in our life is something that is so underrated that we trip and fall over it! We don’t recognize this power and …

Gen Z are digital natives...never knowing life without internet

Embracing Gen Z: Learning to Relate Across the Generations

Allow me to be brutally honest. I struggle understanding adolescents and the young culture of today. It is more than not understanding their eye rolls or …

Learning to Be Kind to Myself: What Does that Look Like?

I’m unsure where to start. What to write. What to say. I guess that is common when you hear news that causes your breath to …

Middle Aging: What the Hell is Happening to Me?

The more wisdom and knowledge I gain by growing older, the more my physical body starts to get quirky. Just when I feel like I’m …

Mind Your Gurus: How to Manage All Those Voices We Follow

Jim Rohn, a renowned businessman, once said, “You’re the average of the five people you spend most of your time with.” In short he’s saying …

Board of Directors

5 Tips to Succeed While Serving on a Nonprofit Board

It can be hard getting started and making a significant contribution as part of a non-profit board. Once you are selected, finding where to apply …

marriage

I’m Still No Expert At This! 23 Thoughts About Relationships and Marriage

This month my husband and I are celebrating 23 years of being together. You’d think that after 23 years of doing something we’d be experts …

Time is a Blessing; Don’t Waste it, Allow it to Elevate You!

Time is precious. We’ve all heard that old proverb thousands of times, but we still take it for granted. We aren’t usually mindful everyday of …

Football field

Three Core Life Values: Inspiration for the Game of Life and Football Fans

Fall is in the air, which means it is football season! Whether or not you love the game of football like I do, there are …

Pumpkin Cake Balls

Fall is in the Air: DIY Pumpkin Cake Balls

The nights are getting shorter and the air is getting crisper. School has started and activities are in full swing. Fall is right around the …

Changing attitude about never

Never Is Determined By Our Attitude: Discovering The Word Never

Understanding The Attitude of Never “Never, never, never give up.” Was a speech that Winston Churchill gave at his boyhood school one October and was …

Blowing a dandelion

Three Ways to Deal with Rejection and Live a Healthy Life

No matter what form it comes in, rejection carries side effects that can throw us off track. Rejection can take away precious moments with loved …

A Smoothie Love Affair: How Green Smoothies Changed my Life!

My Smoothie Love Affair I’ve been a lover of a good, wholesome smoothie for as long as I can remember. Well almost! It was 1998 …

Never-too-late

It’s Never Too Late; You Are On Your Own Timeline

“The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery I just recently celebrated my birthday, my 31st birthday …

Leery of Network Marketing? Get With The Times: MLM is Now a Way of Life.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few years, you are probably well aware that network marketing distributors are taking over the internet. …

Validation in the 21st Century: The Impact of Social Media and Communication

Validation? Validation is a hot topic in the 21st century. I don’t know about you, but I see it almost every single day. That is …

Doubt: The Painful Reality About The Path To Healing.

“When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt.” -Honore de Balzac Ever since I was little I have trusted myself. If I …

starting a podcast

Starting a Podcast is Easier than You May Think: 5 Tips for Getting Started

If you’re an entrepreneur that wants to get the word out about your message, product, or service, you may be thinking about starting a podcast. …

The Siren Song Of A Broken Heart Carissa Coghlan

The Siren Song Of A Broken Heart: The Aftershock of Trauma

July is hard, August brings healing. Trauma is a strange thing. Every year I think I’m over it, I think I’ve processed enough. Then September …

A Letter to the Mama Who Didn’t Cry at School Drop Off

Dear Mama, I see you. Talking with your mama friends about your kiddos starting school this year. Them telling you how much they cried and …

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How to Create Your Own DIY Handmade Art Journal

Disclaimer:  I would not call myself an artist. But I do love my handmade art journal. Like many, I possess a creative bent. This means …

Exposing the Myths About Life Insurance and Why Women Are Under-Insured

September is LIFE INSURANCE awareness month. You may have seen some of the #LIAM2019 posts on social media or on a poster at the store. …

Redefining Rest: Practicing Pause, Presence, and Peace

A few years ago, I was introduced to a new idea to begin the New Year. Rather than making a resolution, I would take a …

40 cupcakes

Oh Lordy I’m Turning 40! Embracing the Other Side of the Hill

Today I turned 40 years old. I am now what is considered “mid-life,” “middle aged,” and “over the hill.” All joking aside, It stops me …

Music is Healing: Hope, Love, and Community Can Be Found Here

As the end of summer nears and fall begins, it is my favorite time of year for concerts. I love music all year long, but …

Be the Dog: Lessons I Learned from my Greyhound

Cat people vs. dog people I am not…strike that. I WAS not a dog person. It’s been said that there are two kinds of people …

Confessions of a Yoga Teacher: The Honest Truth

Yoga teachers have it all together, right? Not me. Just because I teach yoga does not mean I have it all figured out. Far from …

Stop the Meal Plan Mayhem! 3 Ways to Make Meal Planning Do-able Even With a Busy Schedule

Raise your hand if you have a busy schedule and you find it challenging to get healthy meals on the table every night—especially ones your …

Kindergarten

The First Time Kindergarten Mama: A New Season in Motherhood

My daughter started Kindergarten this year and it really caught this Kindergarten Mama off guard. Not the typical feeling of how much I will miss …

Marriage fairy tale

What Happened to the Fairy Tale? Embracing the Reality of Marriage

This year my husband and I celebrated our 9 year wedding anniversary. That’s 9 years of some hard work, let me tell ya. I’m not …

Happy Gut, Happy Life: My Journey to Good Gut-Health

Gut Health? Gut-health. Is it just another ‘buzz-word’ or ‘fad’ that’s recently hit the world stage? I put my ‘curious hat’ on when I first …

Life Insurance: A Necessary Conversation

Shh, Let’s Not Talk About “That. . .” Life Insurance. Nobody likes to talk about life insurance. It reminds us of our mortality and that …

Motivation Schmotivation: Why It’s Not Sustainable and What to do About It

We’ve all been there before. You’ve decided to change a habit or start working towards a goal. For the first two weeks or so, you’re …

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