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How to Break Up With Your Toxic Self in 5 Brave Steps

Do you often believe that you are not good enough? Do you constantly disappoint and judge yourself? Is blaming yourself for making mistakes and expecting …

In a Sleep Coach’s House: We Still Have Tired Nights

I do have to brag that my kiddos have been great sleepers from a very young age! But that doesn’t mean that we don’t have setbacks …

Growing Through It

Growing Through ALL That We’re Going Through

“Don’t “GO” through life, “GROW” through life. Realize the journey of life is not about being right or pretending to know it all. It’s about …

Time Of Self Discovery During The Stay At Home Order

Over the last 11 weeks I have had some time of self discovery during the stay at home order. During the recent stay at home …

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Intuitive Eating: The Fear and Freedom of Giving up Dieting for Good

If my memory is correct, I was put on my first diet around the age of seven. Looking at pictures of myself back then, I …

Yelling: How to Get Your Message Across

Early in the lock-down, I realized that I had no area in my house to “take” my yoga class. Work was from home, college was …

Five Mental Health Benefits to Growing Your Garden

Long ago, in a time far far away… My grandfather was an avid gardener. In the acre behind their home he had created a small oasis …

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A Parent’s Unending Love and Support

Having recently spent a week in the hospital with my daughter, I started thinking about a parent’s unending love and support. Even now, as a …

Three Unexpected Ways to Expand Your Life Through Stretching

I started out on my wellness journey in May 2018. As you can imagine, when I first started, there was an overwhelming amount of information …

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When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned: We Adjust and Move Forward

The doctor glanced up at me after examining my daughter and gently explained, “We’re going to go ahead and make an appointment for her at …

the glamping life

That Glamping Life: Trading in My Tent for a Different Kind of Adventure

I am a “glamper.” I have officially traded in my tent for the glamping life. There. I said it. My backwoods, backpacking, teenaged self-of-old would …

Do not give up

Don’t Give Up On Your Purpose in Life: Endure To The End

Have you ever felt like you just want to completely give up and back away from your purpose in life? You have? Me too. Lately, …

What Perspective Am I to Hold on to?

These last few months have been disorienting. To gather enough focus to put pen to paper and write down my thoughts has been daunting. The …

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The Power of Remembering: Reflections from Childhood

Remembering back to my childhood, I reflected on arriving at the base of my favorite tree. I was ten years old looking up and squinting …

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The Best Thing We Can Do for Our Children: Allow Them to be Themselves

“When you parent, it’s critical you realize you aren’t raising a “mini me,” but a spirit throbbing with its own signature. For this reason, it’s …

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The Challenge for Moms and the Childless Woman to be in Community

Moms and the childless in community? All of us crave the fulfillment of whatever we assume is missing in our lives. Otherwise, life would be …

Creating your Support System by Educating Family on Autism

Now that you have an Autism diagnosis it is important to begin creating your support system by educating your family so that they can better …

Best Friends: Celebrating the Relationships Between Women

My best friend of almost 34 years is a wonderful human being. I don’t really know where I’d be without her. Her husband sometimes jokes …

New Journey

Leaving Everything Behind and Living With A Void In Our Hearts

“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us …

The Power of a Me-too Friend

We were sitting around her kitchen table. I got back from my psychiatrist and received my diagnosis. I got an answer, but it was an …

Separation Anxiety in Children: How You Can Help

Raising kids is a high-stakes responsibility and in this age of social media and easy access to information about anything and everything, parents are easily …

Fun Facts and Tips: 15 Things you Didn’t Know About Money and Finance

Money is always such a serious and sometimes taboo topic. We all want more of it and spend a lot of time researching ways to …

Kneading dough can really help you de-stress.

Baking is How I Unwind, Even When It’s Stressful

My favorite unwinding activity is baking, even though that’s something that be stressful or can go wrong at any given time.

Envy, the Little Green Monster

I’ll be honest with you, until a little while ago I did not grasp the difference between jealousy and envy. I thought they were synonyms …

Busy life

Learning to Live in the Moment: It Changed my Life for the Better

I slowed my stroll down the sidewalk and paused to lean against the side of the building. Casually I observed the bypassers and wondered at …

Bonus Benefits of a Low-Carb Diet NOT Related to Weight Loss

The low-carb lifestyle may not be for everyone, but I encourage you to do some research and see if perhaps reducing your sugar and carbohydrate …

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Using a Planner for Journaling: 3 Ways to Save Time

Using a planner for journaling is a great way to reduce your journaling time. One of the biggest reasons people do not journal is the …

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Help and Be Helped: What Makes Accepting Help So Hard?

I love helping people. It makes me feel purposeful and fulfilled. Every time I’ve taken an Enneagram test, I’m a 2. “The Helper.” I want …

Surviving the Adult Teen Years: One Mom’s Two Cents

One mom’s two cents to get you through those last few tumultuous adult teen years. Parenting is hard. Parenting adult teens is hella hardest. And …

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Leaving the Fitness Industry: What I Learned About my Body and Soul

After more than 15 years of working in the fitness industry, I recently walked away from teaching indoor cycling classes. Leaving the fitness industry was …

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Don’t Like Your Family? Five Reasons Why You Can Stop Feeling Guilty

There is nothing wrong with you because you cringe at the thought of being around your family (or someone in your family). And, if you …

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Six Ways That Spring Cleaning Will Declutter Your Life

Spring is here! It’s hard to feel it right now amid the Coronavirus shutdowns but it’s here. With the change in seasons comes the warmer …

How Many Times Are You Willing to Get Back Up When You Fall?

We all, at some point in our lives, have fallen down physically or mentally, ranging from childhood to adulthood. We’ve collected a treasure chest full …

Being Ok With Being Ok: The Unspectacular Article

Writing is a love. A passion. A joy. But it is not always easy. While I immensely enjoy the opportunity to share my heart, to …

How to Spark Transparent Connections through “How are you?”

I have long known that God created me with the gift of transparency. But have since learned to shroud it in discernment. To pause for …

I Don’t Have to Save the World Today and Neither Do You

So, I have this problem.  It’s not, like, a bad problem, necessarily.  And it’s not one of those problems where I have brief moments of …

Embrace the Season You’re In – Something Valuable is Coming

I curled up under a blanket on the carpeted floor of our master bedroom closet. Pulling the pillow over my head, I squeezed my eyes …

Nature; Essential Oils

My love of all things natural: Embracing essential oils and their benefits

My love of all things natural. I was very young when my love of all things natural began. My parents were instrumental in this, although …

Talk about the hard

It’s Not Only Okay To Talk About The Hard, It’s Necessary!

“Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage.” -Brene Brown Life is filled with so many amazing moments. There is so much to celebrate, so …

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Outta’ Your Head: Saying No to the Tyranny of Compulsive Thinking

Stress. Tension. Anxiety. Busyness. We have too much to do! Too many hats to wear! Too many places to be! We believe life would calm …

Cultivating My (un)Grateful Heart

My heart has grown quite disengaged and resentful of late. The world seems so harsh and unkind. Messages of hate and judgment, acts of cruelty …

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We’ve All Said the Wrong Thing Before So Let’s Give a Little Grace

I’m the type of person who thinks about the times I’ve said the wrong thing over and over again. These comments will pop into my …

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Growing Through Rejection, Indifference, and Self Preservation

I was fourteen years old as I stepped off the school bus. Tears were streaming down my cheeks. I had just experienced deep rejection. Behind …

Saying That You are Fine When You are Falling Apart

If I had a dollar for every time I said that I was fine when I was falling apart I would be rich. I am …

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How to Identify Credibility When Information is Constant

There is a constant stream of information in our lives today. We have devices that fit in the palm of our hands that have access to all the information in the world. And if we don’t have said device, there is certainly someone in our circle that does and openly shares this information, whether requested or not. How do we weed out the noxious misinformation? Is it possible to define credibility within constant change?

An Intuitive Eating Introduction — And How It Can Change Your Life

There has been a lot of buzz in the media lately about intuitive eating. More people are waking up to the fact that the “wellness …

Sleepless Phase of Life

I’ll Never Sleep Again: Finding the Humor in a Sleepless Phase of Life

Ahh, sleep deprivation. A sleepless state of existence that is near and not-so-dear to my heart. As a matter of fact, I don’t know that …

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The Secret to Writing Words that have Power, Meaning, and Purpose

One year ago I said I would never write a blog. Two months later, here I am, still writing blogs. Oh no…Not another blog! You may want …

Asking for Help: The Hard. The Beauty. The Freedom.

I. Need. Help. Three words that bring rise to a myriad of feelings, emotions and physical reactions. To ask for help is to be vulnerable. …