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religious trauma

Raised Free-Spirited: What is Religious Trauma?

As a child raised by two pastor kids, I’ve always said that I was raised free-spirited. Meaning that yes, I was encouraged to never limit ...
Calming anxiety

Experiencing anxiety? Here are 12 Simple Calming Techniques

Anxiety can be common and something that many people experience. So if you’re feeling anxious and stressed out, you’re not alone. Millions of people experience ...
Three guiding principles of relationships

Three Guiding Principles of Relationships: Embracing the Journey

Relationships are a mystery, don’t you agree? You’ve probably heard the saying, “Some people are in your life for a reason, some for a season, ...
celebration and grief

When Celebration and Grief Collide

My daughter’s birthday is in November. As any mom, I get excited as her birthday gets near. But for me, her birthday is a time ...
Procrastination Isn't All That Bad!

Procrastination Isn’t All That Bad!

I know what you must be thinking. Procrastination is a bad habit that should be avoided at all costs. Perhaps you struggle with it yourself, ...
My body

My Body: Learning to Love it Exactly As It Is

The number of years I’ve spent hating my body is a sad testament to the times we live in. Practically from birth, we’re bombarded with ...
Unlearning Learned Helplessness

Unlearning Learned Helplessness

On Saturday, I did the quintessential single-mom thing – I learned to mow my own lawn. I had put this off for a while. Why? ...
Left handed

Everything is Backwards: Being Left Handed in a Right-Handed World

When you’re left handed, everything is backwards. It’s understandable that the world is made for right-handed people. Only about 10% of the population is left ...
what is negativity bias

What is Negativity Bias? Making the switch to Positive Possibilities

A negativity bias is our programmed tendency to focus on the negative aspects of a given scenario creating a bias that does not acknowledge the ...
verbal and emotional abuse

Break Free From Verbal and Emotional Abuse

**First and foremost I need to issue a trigger warning for this blog. I’ll be discussing domestic violence and verbal and emotional abuse. If you ...
How to believe in yourself

How to Believe in Yourself: Crossing the finish line!

I recently completed my first-ever half-marathon! Going into this experience, my mind was filled with doubt and fear. My inner critic’s voice was loud and ...

My Weight Loss Battle and Why at Fifty is it Time to Step Up?

Please be aware that this article discusses bulimia. If you or someone you know struggles with an eating disorder, please call the National Eating Disorders ...
How to Live in Abundance

How to Live in Abundance When Shortage is the Word of the Year

I’m in the grocery aisle and I witness an employee greeting a confused shopper. “Is there something I can help you find?” The customer is ...
Go with the Flow

Learning to go with the Flow: Lessons Learned from my Family Vacation

I am not a go with the flow type of person. I don’t like change. Typically when things happen to force me to change in ...

Strengthening and Protecting Your Bones at Any Age

Don’t Take Your Bones For Granted I have to admit, I’ve taken the bones in my body for granted. Yes, I know that they support ...

The Mountain: Noise, Quiet, and Reconnection

I’m leaving noise behind me, seeking quiet and reconnection in the mountains, and preparing to enjoy the opportunity to reconnect with family and friends in ...

A Community Garden Fairy Tale

I wish I could afford to buy organic produce. Dealing with chronic fatigue and digestive issues while living in a trailer park and mothering a ...

Emotional Intelligence (Quotient) – What is it and how can you improve yours

What exactly is “emotional intelligence” and what are the characteristics of someone who has a high EQ score? What actions can you take to improve ...

Should I Be Ashamed of My Sexuality as a Mother? Spoiler Alert…NO!

Despite my best efforts, I managed to traumatize my child. The reason I can joke about it is that my “child” is 23 years old. ...

Is Turning Fifty Really that Fabulous?

When I was a kid I thought when you turned fifty you were ancient. I thought no way will I ever be that old. Then ...
That's a Deal Breaker

That’s a Deal Breaker! Why and How Friendships Fail

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about the subject of friends. Everyone needs them. Friends enrich our lives, give us a sense of ...
gluten free salad

My Favorite Gluten Free Salad Recipes

Summer is a great time to enjoy a variety of salads. But unless you’re talking about a lettuce-based salad, it can be difficult to find ...

Resilience: 9 Steps on How to Recover Faster From a Set Back

Are you a person with a lot of resilience and find it easy to bounce back or do you struggle after a setback with getting ...

Staying in High Vibration: How to Have a Great Day and A Wonderful Week

Let’s take a trip into how to have a great day and a wonderful week. Life can be unpredictable. Sometimes, you wake up not feeling ...

How to Fall Back in Love With Your Business: 5 Love Actions to Take

Being an entrepreneur is not easy and sometimes you need to find ways to fall back in love with your business when you’ve lost your ...

5 Ways You are Stealing from Yourself and Others: The Practice of Asteya

We practice stealing from ourselves and others all the time. We steal from our futures, our growth, and our ability to take what we want ...
examine the big picture

Examine The Big Picture: Details or 30,000 Feet or Why Not Both

Have you sat in the window seat on a plane ride? That is my favorite seat. I love seeing the view from 30,000 feet. Sprawling ...
Your Perfect Road Trip

Your Perfect Road Trip – Tips and Tricks

Summertime is finally here, and with that, our thoughts turn to vacation and leisure time. One popular way to travel, especially in good weather, is ...
Forest bathing

Forest Bathing in the Desert: Being Present in Nature

We were in the desert, but the concept of forest bathing was not on our radar, let alone desert bathing. What life lessons would we ...

Manifest a Magical Life You Want!

We are all magical beings by nature and manifesting a magical life you want is possible for you. As a mama of three, author, a ...

How Do We Prosper all of Our Interests?

Prosperity can mean material wealth as well as non-material benefits. When all of my interests prosper, life is expansive, balanced, and satisfying. What does it ...
Trust yourself

Do You Trust Yourself? Learn How With These 10 Tips

My whole life was spent doubting myself in every way. I didn’t trust myself at all. I didn’t make any decisions without running them by ...

Tired of Having Boring Sex in Your Relationship? Try These 7 Things

I know. I know. As women, sex can be the last thing on our lists. It was for me for a long time. By the ...

What Are Your Three Faces? Are You Showing up as Your Truest Self?

The Japanese have a philosophy of three faces. It’s the idea that we are not the same person at all time. We show different parts ...

7 Tips That Help You Make Self Care a Priority

How often do you make self care a priority? If you are the average person, probably not very often. In this chaotic, high tech, fast ...
sharing your life story

Sharing Your Life Story With Your Kids: Tell It Like It Was!

As much as we may love being mothers, there is so much more to all of us. We all have a story to tell. And ...

Creating for Self-Care with DIY Plant Hanger Tutorial

Creating semi-mindless crafts is one of my favorite forms of self-care. Plant hangers, cheap craft store kits, or whatever sparks inspiration. In the same way, ...
invisible illness

7 Things People with an Invisible Illness Want You to Know

Having an invisible, chronic illness is difficult. Honestly, that’s putting it mildly. The truth is, it SUCKS. Being sick is hard enough, but when you ...

Narcissism: The Truth behind the Word

We are in an age when people are throwing around mental diagnoses like they’re candy in a parade. Narcissism has been a word batted around ...
meditation practice

How My Meditation Practice Is Impacting and Changing My Life

Before I begin my journey into meditation, I will provide a definition and science-based information. Oxford’s Dictionary defines meditation: as the practice of focusing your ...

Practicing Forgiveness: Let it Go for Your Sake

It happens all the time. Someone says or does something offensive and you’re left feeling hurt and angry. We have a natural tendency to fight ...

Decide to Decide: Explore Making No-Lose Decisions

In an early scene from the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy reaches a crossroads on the yellow brick road and is faced with a decision of ...

Are You Really Being Truthful? How to Show up In Satya

Being truthful is a fierce practice. Truth has the power to right wrongs. It demands integrity to life and to our own self. Being untruthful ...

Feeling Stuck? 5 Ways to Feel Inspired When Life Knocks You Down

Do you ever find yourself just strolling through your day-to-day life not feeling inspired in the slightest? You ask yourself how the heck did I ...
in progress

I Don’t Want to Write About Being A Work In Progress

Can you spot what’s wrong with my chandelier? Yep, it’s missing a lightbulb. Do you ever feel like you’re something gorgeous that’s just missing a lightbulb moment? ...

What Forgiveness Is Not: 8 Things You Should Know

Most people have an idea of what forgiveness is, but have you ever considered what forgiveness is not? Maybe it’s not what you think it ...
clean candles

The Importance of Clean Candles: How Your Health May be Affected

Most people are aware of the dangerous chemicals and toxins found in most household cleaning products, many makeup and skincare lines, personal health products, etc. ...

Creating Peace in Turbulent Times: 5 Tools for Finding Inner Peace

I’ve been feeling fragile and uneasy lately. With so much going on in the world, and in my personal life, it’s been a challenge to ...
Being Single

How To Enjoy Being Single Through The Years: My Journey From 25 to 52

“We ain’t never getting older” is a favorite song lyric quote from the Chainsmoker’s song Closer. I like it as it takes me back to ...