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Special needs son

The Universe Gifted Me a Special Needs Son

The universe gifted me a special needs son. He has a presence about him and is a bright light on my darkest days. The days …

toxic love

What is Wrong with You? The Damaging Dynamic of Familial Toxic Love

A couple weeks ago I was out shopping with my daughter. We saw this awesome shirt (pictured) in the store Zumiez. I posted it on …

Prepare for remodel

Say Hello to a New Space: 3 Tips to Prepare for a Remodel

There’s a good chance you’ve spent more time at home this year. Perhaps you always knew you wanted to remodel. Or maybe being at home …

My Dear Daughters: Always Remember This, I Love You!

My Dear Daughters, Always Remember That I Love You!!

“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”  – Jill Churchill I am a proud mother of three …

detox home spa

Detox and Recharge! Self Care Spa Recipes to Make at Home

The wintery days are upon on us, and we are very likely still somewhat limited in where we can go and what we can do, …

Puberty and Autism

Thoughts on helping your autistic child navigate the teen years.

The teen years with your children are typically a challenge, throw in a child with autism adding in further challenges. Today I am sharing some …

time management as self care

How is Time Management Part of Self-Care? Asking for a Friend

OK, time management has been my pride for more than a decade of my career life. As a self-confessed procrastinator, I dove into learning all …

Does brain Health and belly Fat relate

Does Brain Health and Physical Health Relate: Can the effects be reversed to live a healthier life?

Turning 40 recently has me thinking more about the status of my health. Also where I want it to be at this stage of my …

How Do You Know When It’s Time to Move On?

How do you know when it’s time to move on? Or to say no to something that you’ve previously said yes to? Are you a …

Feeling Overwhelmed? 10 Things to do Right Now

Overwhelm is not a feeling most of us welcome. Our typical response to ever-growing responsibilities and demands is to do more and work harder, rather …

be kind to the dance moms

Give the Dance Moms a Break, Choose Acceptance Over Judgement

In 2016, I became a “girl mom.” But I was determined never to become one of those “Dance Moms.” I was already mom to a little …

Growing Pains: Letting go of Things That Leave My Soul Heavy

This past summer has been a summer of growing pains. I have outgrown people and things, but more specifically, I have outgrown things that leave …

Considering a Job Change? What Opportunities Should You Consider?

How can you know when it makes sense to move forward into a new job opportunity? How do you know when it’s time for a job …

New years resolutions, 2021 resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions: What 2020 Can Teach us About Goal Setting

Each year around half of Americans set a New Year’s resolution. In contrast, less than 10% stick to it or remember the goal past February. …

Old Dreams are not Always Lost Dreams

Old Dreams are not Always Lost Dreams

Ever since I was little, I dreamed about getting my degree in Social Work and becoming a therapist. I have lived through a lot and …

Vision Board

The 2020 vision board…what happened?

2020…the year. Who visualized this? It’s been something….how’s that vision board holding up? Last year I wrote an article about designing your vision board for …

Empathy, Forgiveness, and Hope: Gifts You Can Give Year Round

Empathy, forgiveness, and hope are gifts we can give all year long. Empathy Before I started my personal development journey, I wondered what the true …

My First Christmas in the U.S. - Holding On To Special Memories

My First Christmas in the U.S. – Holding On To Special Memories

My family and I arrived to the United States from Mexico in 1997, with just the clothes on our back and a handful of personal …

Covid Christmas

Putting a New Twist on Annual Holiday Traditions

While gathering together for traditional holiday activities might not be possible this year, there are still ways to celebrate. It just may take a little …

The Pandemic Sucks

The Pandemic Sucks: Finding a Positive Mindset Amongst the Negative

Quick Note Please note, I am in no way an expert on mental health. I am a person who knows I cannot be the one …

Intuitive Eating

Enjoy Your Holiday Food Without Guilt! Busting Myths and Answering Your Intuitive Eating FAQ’s

If you’ve been following me for even a short time, you probably know that I am passionate about Intuitive Eating. It is my absolute delight …

calm in the storm

Choose to Find Calm in the Chaos! 5 Things You Can Do Now!

So, What did you accomplish in 2020?   Yeah, we get it, it’s the end of the year and we are supposed to be gearing …

Experiences

Experiences Are the Ultimate Gift of 2020

If I’m being honest, I’m a terrible gift giver. I admire people who have a knack for selecting thoughtful, creative, and practical gifts. From the …

Asking for help

Reasons Why We Hesitate to Ask For and Accept Help When in Need

Do you find it difficult and are hesitant to ask for and accept help when you are in need? Why do some of us hesitate …

Gluten Free Cookies

Five of My Favorite Holiday Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes

When I made the decision to go gluten-free 5 years ago to help with my Rheumatoid Arthritis and digestive issues, it was extremely difficult. There …

Educating the heart

Distance Learning: Educating the Heart Through Self-Compassion

How to educate has entered pretty much every parent’s home this year in a new way. As I write this I am embracing our third …

Changing Mindset

Changing our Mindset as we Closeout 2020

This year has been one of change and growth for so many. In order to end this year on a positive note I am sharing …

Rejection

Rejection is Necessary: Why We Don’t Have to Fear It

“Thank you for your interest, but unfortunately your post was not chosen this time around.” Those words were tough to read, and even tougher to …

#givingtuesday giving tuesday

Making an Impact on #GivingTuesday: How Can You Give Back?

The smile spread across her tired face.  Appreciation, excitement, and joy were expressed in her eyes.  The walls had been painted and organizing the storefront …

What 59 Looks Like

This is What 59 Looks Like: Redefining the Aging Process

Old Before My Time I thought I was old at thirty-nine. Through no fault of our own, my husband and I had suffered a devastating …

Granola Recipe

Autumn Comfort Food: Our Family’s Favorite Granola Recipe

A delightful aroma of roasting oats and nuts spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger wafts from the kitchen into the rest of the house. The …

Mom burnout

Mom Burnout: Finding Balance in a Season that has us Burning at Both Ends

What do you think of when I say the word balance? Do you picture the perfect system or a schedule that FINALLY makes motherhood feel …

How to Save Big on Black Friday: All Your Shopping Tips Here

Is it that time of year again? Yikes, it is. I don’t know about you, but this time of year always sneaks up on me. …

honoring our stories

Honoring Our Stories: The Toxicity of Comparison

“Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome.” Brené …

Family and Politics: Preparing for the Conversations & Potential Fallout

Our current political climate has been rocky and down right nasty. No matter your political affiliation, bitterness seems to be the flavor of choice for …

making peace

Calling All Peacemakers: Making Peace with the Need to Keep the Peace

Being a peacemaker is a lot of work. I’ve been trying to keep the peace in one way or another, with one person or another, …

financial questions

Asking the Right Financial Questions: Tips, How-To’s, and Asking for Help

Debit. Credit. Income. Expense. Revenue. Profit. Gross. Net. All the financial words that usually cause a feeling of uncertainty in the realm of money for …

finding forgiveness

My Dance with the Devil: Finding Forgiveness and Healing Friendship

Forgiveness, there would be no chance of it. I had danced with the devil, there would be no second chances. I can remember the morning …

Veterans Day

Life Lessons Learned From Beloved War Veterans

Veterans Day is always a day of great reflection for me. Growing up the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran and then later marrying a Veteran …

trying something new

The Benefit of Trying New Things

This is a story of trying new things…and the regret of listening to others. It’s probably a familiar story to some. Picture this: it’s 2010 …

Home School Dance Party Hack

Music Makes the Mood; Our Dance Party Home School Hack!

Music. Just the word brings me joy and lightens my mood. What about for you? When the World Seems Heavy… I’m thinking sometimes we need …

I am tired, special needs mom

I am Tired: Confessions of a Special Needs Mom

I am tired. There, I said it. It’s not like me to publicly admit such a thing. I am strong and independent and I do …

What if Life Were as Simple as a Choose Your Own Adventure Book?

Have you ever read a Choose Your Own Adventure book? These stories allow the reader to assume the role of the protagonist and make choices …

Social Media Distractions

Embracing Distraction with Kindness: Tips for Intentional Writing

With my cup of coffee steaming, the notion was simple: it was the perfect morning to enjoy some creative writing. Free from any plans and …

grocery store

Hate the Grocery Store? 7 Steps to Become a More Efficient Shopper

Going to the grocery store is something we all have to do. The ultimate adulting status is standing in grocery aisle twenty one trying to …

my meditation journey

My Meditation Journey: Sitting Still and Listening for the Answers

My first experience with mediation was in my 20s. I had recently begun attending a spiritually-based recovery program for my food and body issues, but …

Prioritizing mental health

Prioritizing Your Mental Health When the World Feels Chaotic

If you are a college student, or are a parent of a college student, then you are well aware that online classes have started and …

healing takes determination

The Healing Process Requires Determination

I set out on a journey about 3 years ago. A journey of stabilization and healing. At the beginning, there was desire to heal and …

A Fun Treat to Make with your Kids this Halloween

Halloween will most likely look very different than it has in the past and I think it is really important to try and have some …