• Balanced Mindset

    How to Quit Comparing Yourself to Others

    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?

  • From My Life

    Goodbye, Early Motherhood

    This next season calls for release and growth. I feel prepared and unprepared all at once. That's parenthood and that's life, right? It's beautiful and terrifying and utterly confusing. I'm choosing to greet this season with gratitude for all that I have, for all that's to come, and for all that I have enjoyed so much that it's so very difficult to let go. As Winnie the Pooh says, "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

  • Treating Others Well

    4 Lessons We Can All Learn in the Suicide Epidemic

    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. The question that keeps coming to my mind is: How can I help?

  • Balanced Body,  Balanced Mindset

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

    Here I am, trying on my bathing suit to go to Florida soon. I'm months away from turning 30 and still struggling with the same. darn. thing. Wishing I didn't have these "love handles," or that my belly was flatter, or my thighs were thinner, or my arms didn't jiggle so much. But now, I'm a mom of 3 girls. Three precious faces looking to me, observing and learning through my example how to feel about themselves. And no matter how many times I assure them that they are beautiful and perfect just as they are, that message will be lost if they see me believing any differently about myself.

  • 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.

  • Achieving Goals

    5 Seconds Could Change Your Life

    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.

  • 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…