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authentic self

This New Year: Resolve to Finally be Your Authentic Self in 6 Steps

“To be authentic, we must cultivate the courage to be imperfect — and vulnerable. We have to believe that we are fundamentally worthy of love …

looking back

Looking Back: A Heart-Centered New Year’s Eve Ritual

Rituals are an integral part of the holiday season. They are shaped by ancestry, faith, and culture, varying from person to person, family to family. …

gift present

Let’s Gift the Gift of Being Present: 4 Tips to Enjoy the Holiday Season

Creating a list, checking it twice, sticking to a budget, making sure the kids are happy and loved. It’s easy to get so wrapped up …

holidays are hard

The Holidays are Hard For Me: Navigating a Tough Season

The holidays are hard. Driving into work the other day I could barely keep the tears back. I hurt. Life hurts right now. The holidays …


The Universe Gives Us Signs: Listen and Take Action!

“The universe is always speaking to us…sending us little messages, causing coincidences and serendipities, reminding us to stop, to look around, to believe in something …


Holiday Blues: Coming Face to Face with Loneliness and Discovering Joy

It was a crisp autumn day, down under in the southern hemisphere of New Zealand.  Wandering around the city of Auckland, I found myself people-watching …

Holiday Tradidtions

Holiday Memories: 3 Ways to Capture Them in Your Journal

This time of year I enjoy reflecting on my holiday memories, of a time when we all gathered around the tree to open presents or …

Celebrating the Spirit of Christmas; with the Giving of Tzedakah!

This Christmas season, I encourage you to celebrate the spirit of giving by embracing the Jewish tradition of Tzedakah! More Faith, More Fun! Our family …

Looking Back to Get Ahead: Gratitude and Presence, not Perfection

Does the quest for perfection in the world and in your own heart constantly nag at you? Looking back to get ahead can become a …

How to Be Alone for the Holidays — A Survival Guide

Being alone for the holidays is hard, so here are 7 tips to make it a little easier.

Finding Those Raw, Real, Authentic Connections

Raw, real, and authentic can be hard to find Moving. We’ve all done it. Maybe it was for that dream job or maybe it was …

Pushing Pause: The Power and Gift of Our Presence

I’m unsure where this year went. It feels like just yesterday, my kids and I were filled with much anticipation and excitement for the return …


Preparing For the Holidays: Tips For Families With Children on the Spectrum

It is the most magical time of the year and notably the most stressful for many. If you are raising an autistic child then you …

Christmas bank

Christmas, Don’t Break My Bank Account! Ways to Save This Season.

Tis’ the season for Christmas: Christmas time can be a magical time. It can also be one of the most stressful months of the entire …

baby sleeping

Sleep Training: A Gift To Our Family

When our daughter was little we started doing all the things to get her to sleep and it wasn’t working. That is when we decided to teach our daughter independent sleep skills.


Step Up Your Winter Self Care with Ayurveda: What You Need to Know

Learn how to be well this winter with these five self-care tips from yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda. Also includes basic Ayurceda and dosha types.

This Isn’t A Hallmark Movie! 6 Ways to be Present, Not Perfect, During the Holidays

If you know me, you know I really love a good, sappy Hallmark movie, especially a Christmas one. During the holiday season there’s little I …


The Heaviness of Our Own Expectations Can Weigh Us Down

The heaviness of our own expectations can weigh us down and cause a rigidity that if our life turns out different than we planned, it can feel like failure.

win-win decision making

Going for the Win-Win: Decision Making in Relationships

We value strong, healthy relationships, but nothing can damage them more than poor decision making skills. Whether it is a spouse, sibling, long-time friend, or business partner, we want to stay close and feel connected. Going for the win-win is the solution to this problem.

my dog, my gift

A Christmas Love Story: How A Dog Became My Greatest Gift Ever

All good love stories start the same way…a brain injury and cold noses. Get some hot cocoa and a snugly blanket and let me tell …

Epic Pacific Northwest Road Trip: Route and Tips Along the Colorado to Washington Loop

Route and tips from our Pacific Northwest road trip. From Greeley, Colorado to Friday Harbor Washington. See all the sights and highlights along the way!

Embracing who you are

Embracing The Woman I’m Becoming: An Ongoing Journey

“Life is a lively process of becoming” -Douglas MacArthur Do you remember what you wanted to be when you were a kid? Perhaps a teacher, …

To Give or Not to Give: Showing My Kids the Real Meaning of Christmas

I wrestle with the best way to make Christmas magical while not going overboard. Every year I struggle: To give or not to give.

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Having the Courage to be Disliked: Why it’s so Important

“It’s better to risk being disliked for living your truth than to be loved for what you are pretending to be.” -Dawn Gluskin Let’s face …

A Diamond In The Rough: Embracing a Beautiful Learning and Growing Process

Dear Friend, I have something to tell you that maybe you didn’t know!I I see you with your head down and tears flowing. I see …

Authentic Female Friendships

I Got You, Babe: Creating Authentic Female Friendships

Every December for the last five years or so, when my husband and I sat down to list our goals and intentions for the next …

Pumpkins in the Fall

Pumpkin Pie Modified; An Ode to my Uncle John and His Delicious Recipe

Pumpkin Pie recipes are right on time this month. However, let me be honest, this wasn’t the article I had planned to write for this …

Why You Should Be Throwing a Friendsgiving and How to Do It

It’s November so Start Planning: In the last few years we have had a Friendsgiving at our house with 6 of our closest friends and …

It’s Not Too Late! 3 Steps to Take Charge and Make Change Before the End of the Year

There are only a few more weeks left in this year—in this decade, in fact! Have you had a chance to stop and think about …

How to Talk to Veterans: Beyond the Thank You

This Veteran’s Day season I challenge the status quo and invite you to STOP thanking us for our service. Instead ask us ABOUT our service, especially our Vietnam, Korean, and pre-9/11 service members.

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Soup’s On: Delicious and Easy Butternut Squash Recipe

As the wind whips around, red, orange, and yellow leaves swirl around into a frenzy. Large snow clouds roll in across the horizon, threatening to …

Wake Up Girl: Your Body Size Doesn’t Define your Worth

“Dear Body, You were never a problem. There is nothing wrong with your size, your curves, your scars, your flaws, your stretch marks or you. …

Caution Work Ahead: It’s OK to be a work in progress!

My life is in a current state of unrest. I’m a wife, mom of three kids (two are 5 and under), an employee, and an …

Finding the Light in the Midst of Darkness: A Walk In Central Park

Last month, my 40th birthday wish came true. I got to tour New York City and see a Broadway show. It was a spectacular and …

Hate: 5 Reasons We Let Negativity Take Over Our Emotions

Hate has always been a hard topic to discuss. It is usually seen as negative and can be deemed as an unacceptable emotion, making us …

5 Natural Ways to Manage PTSD- Simple Habits for Daily Life

How to manage PTSD in a healthy and constructive way can feel impossible. There are so many unknown things happening inside our brains that it seems daunting to try and DO anything about it. I hear you. I understand.

Changing Season

When Seasons Change- Deciding to Take a Break From Social Media

I was fairly young when I had my son, and none of my girlfriends were in this season of their lives. So they always seemed …

What Dancing with My Husband Taught Me

I used to be the girl who was afraid of dancing. I was afraid to be in front of other people and worried about what …


I’ve Been That Girl! Forgiving Myself For Not Knowing Better

“Forgive yourself for not knowing better at the time. Forgive yourself for giving away your power. Forgive yourself for past behaviors. Forgive yourself for the …

Power of Words

The Power of Our Words in Life and How They Shape the Future

The power of words in our life is something that is so underrated that we trip and fall over it! We don’t recognize this power and …

Gen Z are digital natives...never knowing life without internet

Embracing Gen Z: Learning to Relate Across the Generations

Allow me to be brutally honest. I struggle understanding adolescents and the young culture of today. It is more than not understanding their eye rolls or …

Learning to Be Kind to Myself: What Does that Look Like?

I’m unsure where to start. What to write. What to say. I guess that is common when you hear news that causes your breath to …

Middle Aging: What the Hell is Happening to Me?

The more wisdom and knowledge I gain by growing older, the more my physical body starts to get quirky. Just when I feel like I’m …

Mind Your Gurus: How to Manage All Those Voices We Follow

Jim Rohn, a renowned businessman, once said, “You’re the average of the five people you spend most of your time with.” In short he’s saying …

Board of Directors

5 Tips to Succeed While Serving on a Nonprofit Board

It can be hard getting started and making a significant contribution as part of a non-profit board. Once you are selected, finding where to apply …

Time is a Blessing; Don’t Waste it, Allow it to Elevate You!

Time is precious. We’ve all heard that old proverb thousands of times, but we still take it for granted. We aren’t usually mindful everyday of …

Football field

Three Core Life Values: Inspiration for the Game of Life and Football Fans

Fall is in the air, which means it is football season! Whether or not you love the game of football like I do, there are …

Pumpkin Cake Balls

Fall is in the Air: DIY Pumpkin Cake Balls

The nights are getting shorter and the air is getting crisper. School has started and activities are in full swing. Fall is right around the …

Changing attitude about never

Never Is Determined By Our Attitude: Discovering The Word Never

Understanding The Attitude of Never “Never, never, never give up.” Was a speech that Winston Churchill gave at his boyhood school one October and was …

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Three Ways to Deal with Rejection and Live a Healthy Life

No matter what form it comes in, rejection carries side effects that can throw us off track. Rejection can take away precious moments with loved …

A Smoothie Love Affair: How Green Smoothies Changed my Life!

My Smoothie Love Affair I’ve been a lover of a good, wholesome smoothie for as long as I can remember. Well almost! It was 1998 …