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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 …

A Warrior Heart: Her Birth Story

It is 3:42 in the morning and I can feel her warrior heart beating against mine. I am exhausted and my body aches. It’s been …

Misconceptions about introverts

Misconceptions About Introverts: What We Want the World to Know

In her book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain describes various misconceptions about introverts. She explains that, …


Three Ways to Know You are Making the Right Decisions for You

If you are like everyone else on the planet right now, you have a great pile of decisions to make. Should I go to the …

Preparing yourself and your special needs child for school

Preparing Yourself and Your Special Needs Child for School.

As a new school year is quickly approaching it is time to start preparing yourself and your special needs child for the school year Every …

Anchoring to Your Inner Strength

An anchor is a heavy object to hold a vessel in its place or it’s someone that delivers you the news on television. It can …

College Freshman

This is What we Want for Her: A Few Parting Words for my College Freshman

In one week we will move my only child into her college freshman dorm room. We will unpack, joke, arrange, laugh, bicker and organize. We …


The Gift of a Sister: The Journey of Togetherness

A giggle escaped from across the backseat of the crowded Ford Super Cab pick-up truck. An exasperated groan escaped my lips as, yet again, my …


Surviving School: Practical Advice for In-Person or Remote Learning

Parents are in an impossible situation when it comes to deciding what their children should do for school this year. There truly is no good …

Daycare: The Importance of Keeping a Sleep Routine

One of the biggest obstacles my clients face is what to do when they send their little ones to daycare. They are often found wondering …

knowing who you are

Self Connection: 5 Tips to Knowing Who You Are

Self connection is an ongoing journey. As we change through the years each phase of life has its own effect on how we connect to …


It’s So Quiet I Can Hear My Soul Whisper

When our world shut down and went quiet in March, I experienced something I’d never experienced before. Truthfully, I’ve experienced several firsts during this ethereal …

Chronic Pain is a Real Pain: Awareness, Coping, and How to Help

Chronic pain is maybe not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word pain. However, it’s the first thing that …

Why You Need to Tell Your Inner Circle How Much You Value Them

Many of us hesitate to be authentic with others because we have been hurt in the past or assume we’ll have more time once we …

evening routine

Your Evening Routine is Just as Important as the One for your Morning

We all know that a good morning routine is a great way to start our day. It’s even touted that the most successful people are …

Blissful Summer Recipes

A Blissful Trifecta of Flavors for a Refreshing Meal – Recipes Included

It’s been a hot summer, and I think we all have felt a little more stress so far just 2 seasons into 2020 than the …


I Believed the Lie that I was Unworthy; Turns out I am Worthy

Worthiness. I am going to be honest with you. This word makes me uncomfortable. Like, to my core. I suffered years of emotional and verbal …

slow down

Enjoying the Slower Pace of Life

If there’s an upside to the up-side down world we’re living in right now, it’s the slower pace of life. Coronavirus forced us to sit …

smart phone

Attached to My Smartphone: Steps to Create a Healthier Relationship

According to research, people touch their smartphones about 2,617 times a day. Clearly, we spend a lot of time on our devices. I never realize …

Stop Talking So Much: Five Ways to Practice Listening Better

When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new. Dalai Lama Are we really …

I am a procrastinator

Confessions of a Procrastinator: From Procrastination to Productivity

I have a dirty little secret. Actually, for those who know me well, it’s no secret at all. I am a procrastinator.  On the surface, …