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Self Care: It Isn’t Just About Bubble Baths

Take a minute to imagine your typical work week. At what point in the week do you generally begin to yearn for Friday at 5 …

Hitting Rock Bottom: Finding the Blessings in the Hard

“Something very beautiful happens to people when their world has fallen apart; a humility, a nobility, a higher intelligence emerges at just the point when …

The Art of Commitment- Lessons in Digging Deep

Glasses clinked together as cheers resounded throughout the room.  Cake was cut, ice cream served as the committed couple were celebrated.  Giggles bubbled forth around …

The Benefits of Scheduling Your Daily Life Uncovered

Why I Began to Schedule I was never taught the benefits of scheduling my days. No one ever mentioned that there was even such a …

Show Up – Lessons in Showing Up For Yourself and Others

As the end of summer approaches, I have started hearing stories about heading back to college. It has reminded me of a lesson that I …

Releasing: Surrendering Control and Understanding

John and Stasi Eldredge have had a significant impact on my life. Through their books and through their teachings, I’ve experienced a deeper understanding of …

The Ugly Truth About Depression

Let Us Begin: I have debated for many months whether or not to write about depression. I have spent many nights sweating and in tears …

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It’s a Hill of a Life- Lessons From my 450 Mile Bike Ride

I have a problem…I love an epic adventure. I love a new challenge…a physically-draining, heart-wrenching challenge where you have to dig down to the deepest …

Dave Ramsey is WRONG: Learn a New Way of Doing Things

…well…not entirely. But, if he was the only one I continued to learn from in balancing my budget, then I would have lost an opportunity …

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Tips for the Sandwich Generation: Caregiving for Ailing Parents While Raising Kids

Many of us are caring for our parents as they get to an age where their health begins to fail or they are diagnosed with …

The Secret to Doing It All: Don’t! And Five tips to help you look like you Do!

People often ask me how I “do it all” or how I “keep it all together,” and I’m just going to be honest from the …

My Reactive Behavior Almost Ruined My Marriage: What I’ve Learned

It’s really hard to bring awareness to the parts of yourself that you don’t like, especially when you hurt those you love the most.

When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned: Healing after Having a Baby at Twenty-Three Weeks

We are coming up on five years since having a baby at twenty-three weeks gestation.  Every year, my processing takes off another layer from the …

What’s Eating You? The Secret Affect Stress Can Have on Your Health

Stress. We all have it, in one form or another. Whether it’s running around making sure our kiddos get where they need to be or …

The Elephant and The Rope: What You Believe is Powerful!

Your attempt may fail, but never fail to make an attempt.

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Lessons from the Diary of a Novice Backpacker

I sauntered up to my sixteen-year-old daughter and inquired, “Interested in having a backpack adventure with your mom?” “Just us? Not dad too?” she asked. “Just …

Personality Tests - The good and bad

The Good and Not-So-Good Truth About Personality Tests

How many personality tests have you taken lately? There are dozens that all put people into categories of colors, animals, numbers, letters, or languages. There …

Enough! Determine What Being Enough Means to You in Two Steps

We are enough. They are enough. You are enough. You’ve likely heard these phrases quite a lot, but have you taken the time to figure …

Cabbage Leeks and Fennel – Oh My! A Recipe to Nourish and Heal Your Body

One of the ongoing ways to love yourself is to nourish your body with the foods that it needs to fuel and heal. Our bodies …

The Problem with Broken: Stop Describing Yourself That Way

I hear people say ALL the time that they are “broken.” As a therapist, I would be a rich person if I had a dollar …

Don’t Let Procrastination Win! Tips from an Chronic Procrastinator.

I lingered at the kitchen table one Saturday morning in early June. As I sipped my coffee, I opened the calendar on my iPhone, preparing …

Adding Value To The People In Your Surroundings

Have you ever been at a meeting, interacting and talking to people, when suddenly you felt the entire atmosphere of the room change? You glance …

My Sister; Lessons She Has Taught Me Growing Up

“Sisters are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly” -Unknown My Inspiration My younger sister Osmara …

The Best 35 Minute Enchilada Recipe

You Know you Wanna Enchilada… Let’s talk about an enchilada dinner. I think there are probably a thousand variations of this recipe, and better yet, …

Summer Fun: 3 Family Friendly Fun Summer Activities

Summer is here in full swing! Our family is at first very excited for pool days, beach trips, warm sun, lots of grilling, and deck …

Shame: The Ugly Truth about Secrecy, Silence and Judgment

“Unlike guilt, which is the feeling of doing something wrong, shame is the feeling of being something wrong.” –Marilyn Sorensen Some days I look at the …

Throwing the Flag on the Phrase, “This is Just a Season”

The calendar said it was the first day of summer. But when I looked out the window, it was cloudy, raining, and the thermometer read …

5 Ways to Utilize Social Media

During the summer months, there is an urge to change things up. Spend more time outside. Go on vacation. Experience longer conversations with loved ones. …

Summer Fun or Summer Bummer? 5 Steps to Help Summer Overwhelm

It’s summer! Does that mean it’s time for lots of fun in the sun or time to find a million ways to entertain your kids …

Carissa Coghlan Rv Life

Important Things To Consider Before Full-Time RV’ing

Have you ever considered downsizing what you own and full-time RV’ing with your family?  There are some pretty amazing benefits of downsizing what you own. …

I’m Sorry for Judging You: What Judging Others Really Reveals!

Judgement Reveals I’m sorry for judging you! Recently I stumbled upon a similar title while scrolling through my social media feed. Immediately, without even reading …

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Senses and Our Emotions

Senses Have you ever just sat and taken in the sounds and smells around you?  Isn’t it funny how quickly your mood can change because …

Pinwheel Sugar Cookies to Celebrate the 4th of July!

Sugar cookies are the best festive dessert. People often say the best recipes are those that have been handed down generation to generation. Or in …

Where I'm supposed to be

I’m Not Where I Thought I’d be at This Point in Life and That’s Just Fine.

Some of you will laugh at me. Mostly those who are older and have already been where I’m heading. Others of you will completely relate …

The Restoration Strategy: Furniture and Self

It was December of 2016 and my final beloved grandparent had passed into the heavenly realm. I personally have found it difficult to endure the …

An Inconsistent Journaling Journey Still Makes You a Journaler

My journaling journey started in high school, the Dear Diary style of journaling where you share your thoughts about friends, school, boyfriends, etc. I was …

6 Tips for Traveling with Young Children- Be Prepared, Bring the Fun!

No doubt, traveling with young children can be stressful and even overwhelming. However, over the last few times we have traveled, I have found a …

The Evolution of my (S)Heroes

Every kid wants a hero. Someone who is bigger, stronger, and more powerful, who will defeat the bad guy, and inspire them to be more. …

Cleaning the Things that Help Us Clean

Cleaning Cleaning can be tedious, arduous, tiring, and sometimes the last thing that you want to do. However, I am the opposite. I take pride …

Permission to Pause; Permission to be Unproductive

I’ve lived almost my entire life in Colorado, and everyone here knows the weather can be unpredictable. We can get snow as early as September …

Military Wife Life: Tools to Survive the Constant Transition of His Career

The same day I chose this blog topic, I received a “heads up” that my husband’s name was at the top of a list for …

Discover Your Strength in the Midst of Life’s Challenges

In Plain View I’ve lived in Northern Colorado for almost three years. Growing up in Texas, I have been accustomed to a much different landscape …

Conquer the Latte Factor! DIY Coffee-shop Faves to Save You $$

I Love my Coffee! But I Love me More! Let me confess something, I am a coffee-holic! And, no, I have not decided to give …

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Closing A Chapter In My Life And Preparing For A New One

I recently started a new phase in my life. A phase that, with all honesty, terrified the heck out of me. I made a decision …

When You Feel Like Your Life is Falling Apart: 4 Things You Can Do Now

“Everything is falling together perfectly, even though it looks as if some things are falling apart. Trust in the process you are now experiencing.” — Neale Donald Walsch …

How I Conquered Mount Laundsuvius: Practical Laundry Tips For The Overwhelmed Mama

Mom life is laundry life, right? For the seven years I’ve been a mom, I have had a constant pile of laundry that needs to …

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Powerful Words – Long Lasting And Far Reaching Effects

Words Are Powerful He was hurting! It all began years before. He was too young to connect the dots of what was happening. It was just …

Surviving May: Advice from the Mother of a Graduate

May is always a busy month. Add to the mix a child in high school and May is just crazy. Make that child a senior …

Bad experiences can't keep us from living

Life Experiences – Bad Things Happen, Don’t Let It Stop You From Living!

On one hand I’m the helicopter mom, full of anxiety that something horrible will happen to my children. On the other hand, I encourage my daughter’s …

It is What You Say it is: The Pivotal Power of Perspective

It was a warm summer evening and our family was taking a walk together, which is something we do often when the weather is nice. …

Shine Your Light: 4 Tips to be Kind Online and Spread Love

Here in the We Spot community, we are proud to have a space where we feel surrounded by support and love. Each time I hop …

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