Though I remember the pain of a bad break-up, it is the betrayal or rejection of a friend that still seems to hold a sting. Why is that? Do we allow friends into a space in our hearts that we rarely permit others? I’m not certain. But I do know that it can take effort to risk being open to new friendships. But as healthy friendships are pivotal to a vibrant life, we want to learn how to safely move forward and be responsive to budding friendships. So here are 5 secrets to overcoming trust issues in friendships. [Read more…]
Dear Friend! You are going to laugh at me, but I had an epiphany about motherhood the other night. It only took me 20 years. I’m so quick, I know! Ha! But anyhow, it reminded me of a conversation we had awhile back. So I wanted to share my epiphany with you. And of course, I just wanted to check in with you too:) So here’s my brilliant realization! My Dear Friend, YOU are the perfect mom for your child. [Read more…]
Going to court is extremely stressful. Enduring court when there is children involved is nothing short of traumatizing! In this post, I desire to give comfort and practical tips to those that are involved in family court. Both from personal and my professional court advocacy experience, I know court dealings can be confusing, drawn out, and stressful. While I hope that you personally never experience a court hearing, unfortunately, for many families it is a reality. Here is some practical advice for surviving the emotional toll of family court. [Read more…]
I was stunned at where I found myself. This was so NOT where I imagined, dreamed or ever planned I would be. In my twenties, I found myself a single mom. And I had no solid plan on how I was going to truly care for myself and my child. My life felt like it had spiraled out of control. Sometimes our lives need a tweak or the ability to reframe our thinking. But sometimes we need a whole reboot. I knew that if I wanted my life to become a life I was proud, structured around my values, and full of peace and joy then I needed a complete overall. So what do we do when our life needs a do over? Here are 7 steps to completely make over your life. [Read more…]
Progress not perfection. That about describes my March! But since you all have been motivating me to reach my goals, whether you know it or not, I wanted to give you a peek into where I’m at currently. So here is my March progress update on my goals for 2018. And then later I would love to hear about some of you successes or misses, so don’t think you’re off the hook!! [Read more…]
We had the same argument for about a year straight. Country Boy loved having people over for dinner…spontaneously. I like a plan. And of course I needed time to clean my whole house! After the umpteenth time of us disagreeing about having company over at the last-minute, I decided that this was NOT working. So I made a decision that for one year I would say yes every time my husband asked to have people over. In that year I learned a lot about myself, hospitality and my cleaning style! How we think about our home, cleaning and our clutter can increase or kill relationships. Here are some of my lessons learned with 5 ways to develop a household cleaning style that deepens relationships. [Read more…]
Who did you spend time with for the last get together or holiday? If you need advice, who do you ask? These are some of the questions I have started asking parents in the groups I teach. It is interesting to reflect on who we spend our time with throughout the week. Today, I would like us to examine 3 types of relationships for healthy personal growth. And I am going to share with you the one relationship type you can’t live without! [Read more…]
It was the perfect storm. I was young and single. The doctor’s office I was under the care of for my pregnancy sent me to a different doctor for each visit. And by the time I delivered my baby, I was so emotionally stressed from my personal circumstances, that caring for myself physically was way down the list. 24 hours after I gave birth I was in agonizing pain only to be told that it was “normal”. With no one in the medical field truly overseeing my medical care, this began a 3 month long medical nightmare. It was definitely one life lesson on the importance of learning how to be your own health advocate. So I have put together, from that experience and my heart health journey, 8 ways to courageously advocate for yourself when seeking a medical diagnosis. [Read more…]
5 Day Celebrate Love Valentine’s Challenge!
I love Valentine’s Day!
But this hasn’t always been the case. During high school, I went to an all girl school and I would listen to the girl’s talk about what their boyfriends gave them or worst yet watch as they received flowers delivered right to our school. [Read more…]