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plant based diet

Why Try a Plant-Based Diet: Will it Help or Hurt Your Health?

What is a plant-based diet? A plant-based diet is meals planned specifically around foods that consist of plants and no animal products. Also, a plant-based …

Women buying a home

Top 7 Tips for Women Home Buyers: Real People Helping Real People

According to an article in U.S. News and World Report, women home ownership is on the rise. 18% of home buyers in 2017 were single …

high-risk pregnancy can be terrifying

My High-Risk Pregnancy & Journey with a Chromosome Abnormality

For women with a known chance of a high-risk pregnancy, finding out you’re expecting can be a terrifying experience. I am one of those women. …

Extreme Self-Care: 3 Big Takeaways from 5 Days by Myself at the Beach

Due to a series of unexpected events at the beginning of the year, I had the opportunity to spend 5 days of extreme self-care by …

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Apathy: Managing Emotions in This Uncertain World

Filled with a sense of indifference, I sat and watched as the young sapling’s leaves rustled in the light breeze. Its small trunk swayed gently as …

Sick with COVID

A Day in the Life of a COVID Long Hauler

COVID has changed most of our lives in one way or another. It changed our world in what seemed as though overnight. I know that …

How Do You Raise Three Kids as a Single Mom? A Tribute to Wing Moms

I have been a divorced single mom now for 18 years. My three daughters are adults now. My former husband and father to my children …

Stuck in Your Own Head: What Your Daydreams are Telling You.

The inherent risk in tackling this topic is that you think I’m crazy, but I hope you think I’m brave. Anything less than bravery could …

Comforting a child

Helping Little Humans Handle Big Feelings

The Blessing of Bonus Littles I’ve been blessed to be the auntie of two of the most loving, creative, kind, and unique kiddos (sure, I’m …

heart health

Time to Prioritize Heart Health — What Survival Teaches Us

Every woman should treat heart health as an important part of living. Why? Because heart healthy living means you understand the risk and preventative measures …

healing from trauma

The Aftermath: Pressing Through the Pain to Find Healing After Trauma

Warning: traumatic birth story detailed below. Please read on with caution as the material or descriptions may be triggering. Every January, as his birthday draws …

Mother and Daughter

Seeing My Daughter in a New Light: Through the Lens of COVID

I was 26 years old when I birthed my daughter, the final child we were to have…the icing on our cake. She was, like her …

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, …

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