• Achieving Goals,  Balanced Mindset,  Featured

    Are Your Big Dreams Ruining Your Life?

    If only I could lose weight… If only we lived somewhere else… If only my kids would listen more… If only we could make a little more money… If only I could get this business off the ground… If only, if only, if only. Are you guilty saying things like this? I certainly am. I have lots of hopes and dreams for the future. I have goals that I’m pursuing this year and for my family’s big picture. I even have some big, scary dreams. You know, the kind that gives you butterflies in your stomach. The “dare-I-even-say-this-out-loud” kind of dreams. Do you have those too? Dreaming big is great!…

  • Balanced Body,  Balanced Mindset,  Featured

    Tips to Help You Break Your Cell Phone Addiction

    Smartphones are wonderful tools. They help us to keep up on current events, stay connected with loved ones, support good causes, share important stories, and millions of people (including stay-at-home moms) have even started using them to make extra money. I love what my phone is capable of. From the comfort of my couch, I am able to work, talk to friends, and even grocery shop. But with this powerful tool comes a serious potential danger—overuse. I’ll admit, it seems a bit strange to be writing a post about breaking cell phone addictions when I have a business that is dependent on social media. But I believe strongly in finding…

  • Balanced Mindset,  Motherhood

    To the Mom Who Feels Like a “Hot Mess”

      What comes to mind when you think of a “hot mess” mom? I picture a woman with a baby on her hip, cheerios stuck to her shirt, shouting at her kids while they grab items off the grocery store shelf.  Sometimes, I am that mom.  My guess is, so are you. Maybe you feel like you’re a hot mess, and most of the moms around you aren’t. Do you feel like everyone has something figured out that you don’t? That everyone else seems to know how to handle their kids, get to events on time, keep their houses spotless, and keep their calm? I know I’ve felt that way.…

  • Balanced Mindset

    Should We Stop Doing Anything That Doesn’t Make Us Happy?

    “Stop doing anything that doesn’t make you happy. Life’s too short to be unhappy.” I’ve seen this sentiment (or a version of it) popping up on social media for years. There’s a good chance that I have shared it myself. I’ve certainly spoken words with the same general meaning. Recently, I started thinking more about this advice. Should we really stop doing anything that doesn’t make us happy? My short answer: No. Here’s why I don’t think we should stop doing anything that doesn’t make us happy: Short-term Happiness vs Long-term Happiness First of all, there’s a difference between short-term happiness (“this makes me feel good today”) and long-term happiness…

  • Balanced Mindset,  Featured

    You Won’t Be Everyone’s Cup of Tea (and Why You Shouldn’t Worry About It)

    You won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Do you like tea? Personally, I prefer coffee. That doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with tea— I just don’t like it. Like tea, you’re not for everyone. That’s meant to be good news. You’re not meant to please everyone. Maybe you’ve been making every effort to make everyone like you, and yet, there are still people who don’t. I get it. I tend to be a people pleaser myself. Sometimes I get tempted to “conform” to the people I’m around or change a post on social media because “What will people THINK?!” but I’m slowly getting over it. This might be a…

  • Balanced Mindset

    How to Quit Comparing Yourself to Others

    This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can read my full disclaimer here. Thank you for your support! If you’ve read my post “Why You Should Ditch the Mom Guilt,” you know that I believe the comparison game and mom guilt go hand-in-hand.  But it isn’t just our parenting skills that most of us are comparing to others around us.  It’s everything.  Our bodies, our hair, our makeup skills, our bank accounts, our houses, our kids’ behavior, and skills.  It’s a never-ending list, right? A funny thing happened to me when I finally decided to go for it and…

  • Balanced Mindset

    Handling Discouragement When You Have Big Dreams

    We all feel discouraged at times. Especially if you have some big dreams and expectations, you’re bound to have setbacks.  You feel like you’re working hard, going in the right direction…and then SMACK. A road block.  They can come in many forms.  But you know when you’ve hit one. Or maybe you feel like you’re working hard and you’re not really getting anywhere. You’re just spinning your wheels over and over and never gaining traction. It can feel depressing.  Hopeless.  You’ll probably feel like it’s not worth it.  Your mind might start coming up with all kinds of reasons why it’s OK for you to quit.  It becomes easier to…

  • Balanced Body,  Balanced Mindset

    Done. (Why We All Need To Give Up Chasing the “Perfect Shape”)

    I am DONE. Seriously. Done. Let me explain. My mom recently moved and yesterday she gave me a small old book she found that belonged to me as a kid. It was called “My Life According to Me.”I wrote lots of silly, funny things in it. But something in it struck me as not being so funny. It was actually pretty darn sad. In the one section, it asked “If I Could Change One Thing About the Way I Look It Would Be…” My answer: “Shape.” Guys… I was 11 years old! I also had my weight written on another page followed by a “goal” weight. Shall I repeat, I…

  • Balanced Mindset

    How Changing Your Focus Could Change Everything

    My husband and I bought our first home in a cute little river town called Marietta. Occasionally, on a Saturday morning, I would take advantage of living near the water and head down to the river. I loved to sit silently and watch the water. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to unwind and to simply be. A Story about Perspective One morning, I was especially captivated by the glorious scene before me. The sky and river seemed serene. I felt small as I gazed at the mountains just beyond the river. It was as if I was staring at beautiful painting rather than at water, trees, and sky. I had seen it many times…

  • Balanced Mindset

    Permission to Recharge

    ​This week I have been confronted with an important lesson just when I needed it.  So many days I am “go go going.”  I try to fit in every little task into my day. As soon as my peaceful morning routine is over, I start running around. I often multi-task in an effort to save time and get more done. For example, while I’m cooking breakfast, it isn’t unusual to find me sending messages to clients and cleaning the kitchen all at once. And whenever I know that I have a free evening, I inevitably think up some task that could be fit into that block of time and then…