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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 …

do it your way

Do it Your Way! Listen to Yourself and Start Living an Intuitive, Empowered Life.

Have you ever tried to follow an “expert’s” advice that just didn’t fit for you? Have you felt like a failure because their advice didn’t …

living with anxiety and depression

My Journey Living with Anxiety and Depression for 30+ Years

It’s been a long journey living with depression and anxiety for 30+ years. I remember with great and vivid detail my very first panic attack. …

change your mindset

Becoming Solution Oriented: 4 Tips to Shift Your Mindset

So often we focus on the problem we have at hand, we obsess over why it happened. We complain, we vent, we get it off …

extend kindness

Extending Kindness: Be Sure To Include Yourself

There’s a popular quote circulating the internet. You’ll find it emblazoned on t-shirts, coffee mugs, and wall art from Hobby Lobby. “In a world where …

courage to thrive

Courage to Thrive through the Home Stretch of 2020: Tips that Empower!

2020 Can Take a Hike! So here we are, going into the home stretch of 2020. To say this year has been hard or unique would …

feel what you feel

Feel What You Feel: Honoring Your Emotions

Many of us are never taught to feel what we feel. Instead, we’re trained to ignore our emotions, to stifle them. We label them as …

Investment in my friendships

To My Partner: Thank You for Your Investment in My Friendships

Months ago, pre-Covid, as I cleaned up after the gathering of friends we had hosted for dinner, a stack of dishes stared indifferently back at …


Journaling About your Hobbies: How I Stay Connected

Journaling about your hobbies is a great way to stay connected to them when you may not have the time, space or money to actually …

Three Ways to Overcome The Challenges of Being a Caregiver

Being a caregiver can be very challenging and sometimes difficult to overcome but it can be done. On January 31, 2017, the rest of mine …

Embracing the Ordinary

Embracing the Beauty in the Ordinary

I am once again reminded that there is beauty in the every day moments as I watch the sunrise while holding our 8 week old. …

Grounding effect of libraries

The Grounding Effect of the Library

It’s a badly held secret that I am absolutely infatuated with libraries…public, personal, or fictitious. Where there is a gathering of books and information is …

fall family photos photographer tips

Preparing for Your Fall Family Photos: Advice From Photographers

I absolutely love having family photos taken, especially in the Fall when the weather starts to change and I start thinking about Christmas card photos. …

Stop fixing yourself! Giving up self help

No More Fixing Myself: Giving up the Obsession With Self-Help

My bookshelves are full of titles like “Present Over Perfect,” “The Way of the Happy Woman,” “The Happiness Project,” and “Rising Strong.” I’ve read and …

Transition and Change

Change: Transitioning Well Through the Different Seasons of Life

As she entered this world, she needed me to physically care for her every need. It was essential that she have me hold, change, feed, bathe, …

Special Needs Child

Tips for Nurturing Your Special Needs Child’s Self Esteem

As parents we want to do everything we can to help our children grow and these tips for nurturing your special needs child’s self esteem …


Change Isn’t a Bad Thing: Embracing the Circumstances That Shape Us

“Change doesn’t have to be a bad thing!” It was 2016, and we’d spent weeks repeating that phrase to our pre-teen daughters as we packed …

fall apples

Tips to Transition to Fall: Plus Delicious Applesauce Recipe

Fall is right around the corner. How are we feeling? Is this even a question anymore? Are people even still asking how we are feeling? …

Forget-Me-Not: Caring for Those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

When I try to imagine what it’s like to have Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia, I think of the flower that represents …

A Pandemic, Natural Disasters, and Politics, Oh My! 10 Things Keeping Me Sane Right Now…

The past 6 months have been unquestionably the strangest time in my life. It has been an unprecedented, unpredictable, and challenging time for the entire …

Día de la Independencia de México – What You Need To Know!

El Día de la Independencia de México (Mexico’s Independence Day) is a special holiday for all Mexicans, including my family and me. It is a …

My Suicide Attempt: Loneliness Does Not Have to Consume You

I could throw statistics at you all day about the number of people who have thought about, attempted, and died from suicide within the last …

woman with cancer

Her Very Brave Life: Losing A Friend to Cancer

I lost a friend to cancer over a week ago. Yesterday was the first time I was able to even speak about her with my …

connect the dots of life

How to Connect the Dots of Your Life

We know the day we’re born, but not when we’ll die. One bookend of our lives is defined but not the other. In our younger …

Quiet time

We Crave Quiet Time Yet We Don’t Make Time for it

I have a hard time being still and quiet. I always have to fill my time with something. I crave time to just be still …

Overcoming Anxiety

My Anxiety Relapse During the Covid Pandemic; and Navigating out of the Mental Mess

Something interesting happened during all this pandemic lock down and “new normal” we’ve been going through these past months. My new full time job went …

peace with the present moment

Making Peace with the Present

Most people do not feel at peace in the present moment. They are uncomfortable with themselves, unable to be alone with their own thoughts. Think …

before you break his heart

Before You Break His Heart: A Letter to the First to Break My Son’s Heart

Dear First,  Before you break his heart, will you hear me out? As I write this, there is a precious, 8-year-old boy asleep in the …

Sensitivity and Imagery: The Meaning and How They Impact You.

Sensitivity and Imagery: The Meaning and How They Impact You

Are you someone who is sensitive? If you are, do you sometimes ask yourself or just question, “Why am I so sensitive?” I have many …

Heart centered

Heart Centered Women Entrepreneurs: 3 Reasons Why I Choose to Serve

Are you a considering entrepreneurship? Wonder what different industries are like? Trying to determine your ideal client? I’ve been dabbling with my own businesses for …