• 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 Home

    How I Keep My Home Organized with 3 Small Kids

    ​ This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I receive a small commission. You can read my full disclaimer here.  Thank you for your support! After writing out this post’s title, I resisted the temptation to type “I don’t” and end it all right there. But the truth is, I do have a level of organization to my home that I’m pretty proud of, all things considered. First of all, let me admit that I am NOT a super organized person.  I am that person who arranges a closet and makes it look amazing, only to get lazy with whatever system I put into place and have everything out…

  • Featured,  Motherhood

    Why You Should Ditch the Mom Guilt

    Mom guilt— Just thinking about those words brings a flurry of uneasy feelings to my gut. “Mom guilt” seems to be a universal experience. But why? Why do we all feel the same negative emotions surrounding the job that we are doing raising our little humans? For example, I feel guilty whenever I discipline my children. Was I too harsh?  Will this punishment work?  Should I be trying positive reinforcement?  Will this make them question my love for them? But whenever I don’t discipline them when I feel it’s deserved, I feel guilty about that too. Am I being permissive?  Am I letting them walk all over me?  Will they end up making poor…

  • Balanced Body,  Featured

    12 Foolproof Tips to Start Working Out in the Morning

    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! How do you start working out in the morning when you’re a mom? You know you should exercise. You know it would help you feel good about yourself, improve your mood, and increase your energy levels. And you could really use some extra energy to chase after your kids all day. But when you’re a mom, it can be hard to find the time to exercise. Come on—some days, it can be hard to find time to sleep or…

  • 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…

  • From My Life

    Goodbye, Early Motherhood

      As the end of summer approaches, I feel a sad longing to press the pause button on life— to live in this season forever. And yet, I feel contentment, knowing that I have relished this time and cherished so many special moments. When life threatened to distract me, I replied swiftly “No, not right now, Life. I have more important things to do.” I am equally excited and filled with anticipation for this next season. My first daughter will begin kindergarten and spend five whole mornings per week away from home. My second will be on her own in preschool for the first time and I can’t wait to…

  • 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…

  • Treating Others Well

    4 Lessons We Can All Learn in the Suicide Epidemic

      *This post contains spoilers for “13 Reasons Why” Season 2* Suicide is a subject I never thought I’d find myself writing about.  But after seeing its effects in the lives of those around me, hearing on the news about celebrities taking their own lives, and just recently watching the show “13 Reasons Why,” it’s a topic that’s been on my mind. If you’re not familiar with “13 Reasons Why,” it’s a Netflix original series that revolves around a young girl named Hannah Baker.  Before the show ever begins, she takes her own life and leaves behind 13 tapes where she recorded her story and the reasons behind her fateful…

  • Balanced Body

    A Non-Runner’s Half Marathon Story (And Tips to Get YOU Started)

    ​Yesterday I arrived home from Disney World after an amazing week with my family.  Our trip was filled with lots of heartwarming moments, in between the long lines and temper tantrums, of course.  But I’m so grateful we had the opportunity to go and enjoy each other’s company in my favorite place. ​ We arrived on Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning, I ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon.  I never thought I’d be able to say that I ran 13 miles or honestly, even one mile. But I did it. Why I Call(ed) Myself a Non-Runner and How I Changed My Mind When I say that I was a non-runner,…