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Lose yourself

Did You Really Lose Yourself as a Mom? Or Were You Lost Long Before?

We hear moms say it all the time… “I had children and I lost myself”. I get it. I’ve seen so many women in therapy …

Positive thoughts

Does Saying Your Life is Hard, Make it Harder? Perspective Power.

Advice once given: Saying it is hard is making it harder. And I agreed that actually calling something hard could make it feel harder and …

5 Reasons to Get Outside This Winter

Brrrr. It’s cold and windy and miserable outside. Time to find a comfy couch, a cuddly blanket, a cup of warmth, and a remote control …

Creating a vision: breathing life into your dreams

Resolutions. Goals. Vision. Change. Growth. Have you struggled with sticking to resolutions? We often start the new year off with big goals tied to resolutions. …

All we need is grace

Sometimes All We Need to Give Ourselves is Grace!

“Grace is a power that comes in and transforms a moment into something better.” Caroline Myss 2021 began with much uncertainty due to the ongoing …

Seeing Christmas Magic Through My Daughter’s Eyes

Christmas magic has always been prevalent in my family. My mother was a bit of a Christmas fanatic. She believed and I mean truly believed, …

How Do We Safeguard Our Kids From Toxic Relationships?

It’s in the media. It’s on so many episodes of crime shows. Toxic relationships turned into domestic abuse. Families are ripped apart by the grief …

The Lies and Truth of Marriage: Growing Together and Apart

The lies of marriage make it difficult to have a “happy” or “thriving marriage, the truth is we grow together and apart. Here I am …

self sabotage, identity, bad habits, good habits, self care

Self Sabotage: How I Learned to Break the Cycles of Bad Habits

Self sabotage showed up big in 2020 for many of us. Food and alcohol and all the other things we tend to “over” do are …

A Bucket List: My 40 before 40

A bucket list is defined as a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.” I prefer …

Living in Abundance: 5 steps to Loving What You Have

“If you look at what you have in life, you will always have enough. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll …

Gluten Free Solutions to Holiday Meals: You Can Still Enjoy Thanksgiving

Enjoying holiday meals after a celiac or gluten intolerance diagnosis can be difficult. I know personally those first few years I just didn’t eat that …

My Daughter Is Getting Married and This Girl Mom Is Getting a Son

The milestones of being a girl mom and raising daughters is priceless. Parenting comes with surprises every turn. Imagine my new delight at the engagement …

Are You a Control Freak? 7 Ways to Cope with Anxiety Induced Control

Do you struggle with anxiety-induced control? Are there times where you feel like a control freak when things don’t go your way? Is controlling anything …

Tolerant? 5 Ways We Can All listen to Each Other Better

The definition of tolerance is non-judgmental and open to difference; tendency to be generally free of prejudice. International day of tolerance is on November 16th, …

The Ultimate Bon-fire; Thanks to My Brothers and Sisters of Camp Alvarado and Beyond…

It seems like another life ago, when I had a whole other family. Living on a compound in the middle of a desert far from home. In …

Goal Setting for the Stage of Life You’re In and Utilizing Tools for Success

Goals, purpose, planners How do you feel when you think about goal setting for the year? Excited, overwhelmed, nervous? They sure feel overwhelming to me. …

Unknown Destination

Right Path, Unknown Destination: Be Okay with the Unknown

Recently I started a journey with an unknown destination. I re-enrolled in graduate school to pursue a masters degree in an industry quite opposite from …

why is healing so hard, healing journey, healing pitfalls

Why is Healing So Hard? Five Pitfalls That Kept Me Stuck In My Healing Journey

When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story we can write a brave new ending. Brené Brown Why is healing …

body neutrality

How Body Neutrality Taught Me to Appreciate a Body I Don’t Like

Every body is different. And yet I know I’m not alone in having this image of how my body should look. For years I’ve worked …

Self Harm

Cutting: A Way to Remind Myself I Was Alive

Trigger warning! Please be aware that this article discusses suicide, self harm, and cutting. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the …

In Praise of Boredom: 5 ways boredom is good

Boredom: the state of feeling wearied by dullness, tedious repetition, and apathy. Synonyms include apathy, indifference, disgust, lethargy, and monotony. Thanks, dictionary people. What a …

Embarking on Growth: Purple Sweet Potatoes Brought Me Closer to My Grandfather

“Where there is no gardener there is no garden.” -Wolfgang von Goethe . This quote reminds me of a conversation that my grandfather and I …

4 Things You Can Do When Your Best Doesn’t Feel Like Enough

I sat on the couch watching my daughter play with her toys; my eyes starting to fill with tears. Feeling overwhelmed and beating myself up …

Your Past: How to Let That Shit Go and Move On!

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “the past is a lesson, not a prison” or something close to that. Dang, why did it take me …

Pantry Organization On A Budget: What You Need to Know

Let me be honest. I love organizing! Something about creating a spot for every item and knowing later that I can find that item gives …

Hair Industry Sexism: How This Exists In a Female Dominated Industry

The hair and beauty industry is made up statistically of 77% female, and 19% male. So why do men still make 2% more than women? …

keep going mama

Mama, Never Give up. Keep Trying, Keep Going.

I sat down on the steps, exhausted, ready to give up believing things could get better, ready to give up trying. The feeling of fatigue …

Step Aside Pumpkin, These Fall Flavors Deserve Some Love!

Ah, the Fall!  My favorite time of year! The air gets a slight crisp chill, the trees become a myriad of colors as sunset falls …

Let Go with Fall: 7 Ways to Change with the Season

My favorite season is here, welcome Fall! The trees are beginning to transition and it’s time to acknowledge a similar change within ourselves. The changing …

Build Yourself Up: 5 Ways to be Your Own Greatest Champion

You must build yourself up if you are going to live the life you desire and find the joy you deserve. No matter the strength …

The Power of the Pause: 5 Ways to Add a Little Space in Your Life

Pause. Feel your heartbeat. Take a big breath in and let your lungs inflate as full as they can. Pause and hold. Now exhale and …

Footprints in sand

Footprints Outlined in Wisdom: A Poem for the Heart

Footprints Outlined in Wisdom: Poetry by Natasha Ross Full Sun Full Moon, Full Sky, Full Bloom, looming at the end of summer. Drawings of your …

clean house, mom, mom chores, to do list, messy home, kids organization, millennial mom

How to Have a Clean House: A Mom’s Guide to Peace With Your Home

I feel like a maid. I spend my day just cleaning up after everyone and I feel lost in the to-do list. I’m on Pinterest …

Women Money Mindset

Good Credit: Why Women Need to Have Their Own

Do you think about your credit? When I was younger it never crossed my mind. What it was, how to use it, why it might …

Four Things The Mental Health System Has Taught Me

Four Things The Mental Health System Taught Me

I have been utilizing the mental health system since I was 10 years old. It was at that age that I was diagnosed with Major …

Hispanic Heritage Month - Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Hispanic Heritage Month – Mes de la Herencia Hispana

“Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.” Cesar Chavez According to the United States Census Bureau, the U.S. …

fall apples

My Favorite Gluten Free Apple Recipes for the Fall

Since having to go gluten free several years ago, I’ve spent some time (and trial and error) trying to make my favorite recipes gluten free. …

7 Tips to Set Healthy Boundaries with Our Relationships

“Being human is hard not because you’re doing it wrong, it’s hard because your doing it right.” Glennon Doyle, Untamed How can we set boundaries …

Best Business Practices to Keep Your Financial Records Straight for Your Side Hustle

You started a side gig, started making money, and now what do you do? I’m going to share some best practices on what to do …

parenting adult kids

Parenting Adult Kids is Hard: 4 Lessons I’ve Learned

It’s been two years since my twins moved into college dorms and began “adulting” as they describe it. These years of empty-nesting were supposed to …

Living in the Hard Moments When I Want to Eject

Navigating the loss of my dad a mere five years after the loss of my mom . . . there are no words. The strong …

When Are You Going To Have Kids? Sensitive Topic Most People Don’t Understand

We recently flew to Minnesota and being a family of four we had one row with the girls and me, then my husband across the …

preparedness

It’s Preparedness Awareness Month! Where Do We Even Start?

Welcome to September! National Preparedness Awareness Month! I honestly didn’t know there was National Preparedness Month till around July when someone mentioned it on my …

Charity drive

How I Learned to Redefine Charity By Tithing Time and Talent

Charity is defined by giving money to an organization that helps those in need. And it’s true, money does help. Our amazing network of nonprofits …

My baby all grown up

Seeing Double: From My Baby Girl to Adult. 11 Things I Want You to Know.

“When we look at our big kids, we still see our babies, too. This double vision is one of the most profound privileges of parenthood. …

Bad attitude

Maybe It Is You: 5 Strategies to an Attitude Adjustment

It is no secret attitudes are powerful influencers and an attitude adjustment can dramatically change your experience. I have first hand knowledge of this and …

Hate Cleaning? Find Relief in the Art of Slow Homemaking

Slow homemaking isn’t being lazy. It’s having the power to realize that you determine what needs to be done. The power to make your own …

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