• Motherhood

    We Smile. (A Tribute to Struggling Moms)

    ​We smile. Through the chaos. The tantrums. The arguments. The messes. We smile. Even when there’s knotty hair, missing shoes, dirty diapers, and soaking wet bathrooms. We smile. We cry sometimes, but we also smile. Even when it feels like we’re failing. We smile. Even though the days are long. We smile. Even though we barely sleep. We smile. Even though we work from morning to night. We smile. Even though we never get a day off. We smile. Because we are “Mom.” And we know there are little eyes watching. We smile. Because, somehow, we must hold our families together even when we feel like we’re falling apart. We…

  • 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…

  • Achieving Goals

    5 Seconds Could Change Your Life

    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!   Yesterday, I finished reading Mel Robbins’ book, “The 5 Second Rule.” It has nothing to do with dropped food. ​ It has everything to do with improving your life. The premise is this: Any time your gut tries to move in the right direction, your brain talks you out of it after 5 seconds. If you don’t take action within those first 5 seconds, you miss your window of opportunity. Example: You feel the urge to…

  • Featured,  Motherhood

    I Was Having “One of Those Days” as a Mom

      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!   I was having one of those days as a mom. I was frustrated. ​Nothing seemed to be going right. My fuse was getting shorter. I was exhausted. The kids wouldn’t listen. They kept asking me for things. Asking over and over and over again. Even after I had said no a million times. I just wanted a minute to sit down and rest. I got snappy. I rolled my eyes. I yelled about something that…

  • Motherhood

    On Being a Mom and Being a Role Model

      Do you ever sit around and think about how much your life has changed since you became a mom? I do. I look at my girls and I think about how they’ll see life someday– how they may not remember everything I say, but they will remember the lessons that I teach them with my own life. I want them to know that they can do anything, not just because I tell them so but because I show them so.  I want to be an example of continual personal growth, loving others, and having a servant’s heart. An example of someone who went for her dreams, instead of simply talking about those…

  • Achieving Goals,  Featured

    How to Manage Your Time So You Always Have Time For What’s Most Important

    As a married mom of three, a part-time jewelry consultant, and blogger, I have been forced to become better at time management.  And I am always trying to improve my skills in this area.  I want to maximize my time with my family, but I don’t want to give up the big dreams that I have for us. I often get asked, “How do you do it all?!”  The answer is that I prioritize.  I am learning to make a distinction between the urgent and the important.  I first heard this idea from Stephen Covey’s book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. (A must read by the way.)  He teaches that all…

  • 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…

  • Achieving Goals

    Birthday Reflections: Moving in the Right Direction

    Yesterday was my 27th birthday.  Birthdays have a way of causing you to reflect on life—  where you’ve been, where you are, and where you are going.  I’m still in awe that my body helped create two little beautiful human beings.  My oldest will be THREE this year.  It seems like only yesterday that we brought her home. I can’t believe this year will be five years since I married my husband. That means it’s also been five years since I graduated from college. Time seems to be going so fast.It made me think this week a lot about where I am in life.  There is much that I love…

  • Balanced Mindset

    Worrying, Achieving, and Learning to “Be Still”

      Have you read Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … and it’s all small stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life by Richard Carlson?  It’s been around since 1997.  For those of you who have not read it, it is made up of 100 chapters of pure gold.  I wish I could cram all the lessons I have taken from those chapters into this one post, but obviously I can’t so I’ll focus on a few for now. Worrying and Achieving I read this book last year and have re-read it multiple times.  I have a copy on my phone and I read a chapter whenever…