We need moments of silence, of space, of reflection, both routinely and in response to tragedy. If we are not intentional about claiming this space for ourselves, the noise of the world can overwhelm us. I offer to you these thoughts, these prayers, these resources that I've found. May the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe work through each of us in these days to bring healing, hope … [Read more...] about A Place to Breathe
This weekend, it's Mom's turn On Mother's Day, most Moms probably will be in the family photos. It's easier to remember to take a photo of Mom then. But Mom, you need to be in those photos more than once a year. Mother's Day isn't the only photo-worthy event this spring. Recitals, proms, awards ceremonies, and graduations fill many calendars in May and early June. And images from these … [Read more...] about It’s Mom’s Turn: Time to Be in the Photos
You are awesome. Though you probably don't believe it. It's easy to forget our awesomeness when we stare at magazines, secretly wishing we looked like someone else. We want to be more of this, or less of that. Comparing ourselves to others, never truly knowing what's going on in their lives, we convince ourselves that they have it all together. And that we don't. But our mindset is only the … [Read more...] about You are Awesome: A Manifesto
A few months beyond my 40th birthday, I discovered the first secret to aging well. It was to stop dwelling and start doing. How often do you hear someone with an ache or a health setback say, “I’m just getting old,” or make some derogatory remark about their body? Are you one who complains about getting old? Well, if you say so! That’s how to counter those remarks and thoughts, … [Read more...] about My Secret to Slower Aging
We may wish for the Norman Rockwell version of Thanksgiving, family smiling and laughing joyfully as they surround a table with a big ol’ turkey. But let’s be real. Someone will say something provocative. And then someone replies in anger. Old slights resurface. New ones leave a fresh cut. Tensions run high when people who normally don’t spend a lot of time together come together for an … [Read more...] about Keys to Surviving and Thriving in the Holidays
One of the most difficult concepts I ever had to learn – and that I still sometimes struggle with - was the importance of putting me first. As Moms, our lives revolve around other people, especially if we take care of little people. We make sure they get where they need to be. We put meals on the table. We help with homework, volunteer at schools, assist with extracurricular activities, give … [Read more...] about Self Care vs. Self Sacrifice: Which Do You Choose?