• Treating Others Well

    Have Courage and Be Kind

    Courage and kindness have been reoccurring themes in my life lately. Last week I saw the new “Cinderella” movie.  I’m a huge Disney princess lover (having two small girls is just a cover up), so I was giddy about this experience.  Simply stated…I loved it.  One of the reasons I loved it so much was because of the amazing lesson(s) of this film.  There is the classic Cinderella moral:  “Dream big and never give up hope.”  But the focus was much more on the lesson that Cinderella’s mother tells her before her passing: “Have courage and be kind.”  The future princess takes this lesson straight to heart and makes it…

  • Balanced Mindset

    What’s Most Important to You?

    Last night, I visited an old friend who is very sick. I had lost touch with her for past 3 years or so. I had no idea that she was sick or how bad it was. I am extremely grateful that I was able to see her again. And it got me thinking… How many of us are so busy “making a living” that we forget to enjoy our lives? That we rush out the door without giving hugs and saying “I love you?” Are we so busy that we can’t take the time to sit, uninterrupted with our spouses and simply talk for an hour? We lose touch with friends…

  • Motherhood

    Being a Mom and Being You

    Everyone has different roles in their lives.  Each role is a different part of who we are and some are more important than others.  For me, being a mom is one of my most important roles.  My children give me a great sense of purpose.  I wake up each day ready take care of them and give them everything that I can. When my first daughter was born, I didn’t do much more other than take care of her.  I didn’t think I could find the time to do things for me.  Today I have two toddlers and yet I find time to read, write, exercise, stay in touch with…

  • From My Life

    Reminders and Rainbows

    Normally, I love seeing my Facebook memories pop up and remind me of what I posted “on this day.” ​ Today, however, Facebook reminded me of a pregnancy announcement I made on this day two years ago. Which means in a few days, I will be reminded of the day I called the doctor and asked Facebook for prayers, because I knew something was wrong. And a few days after that, I’ll be reminded of how I shared with you all what was going on. How I’d had a scare, but I was waiting in agony on test results. How I was terrified but hopeful. And in a few more…

  • Achieving Goals

    How and Why I Became a Morning Person

    ​I was once a late riser.  Like, very late.  I would wake up as late as I could possibly get away with.  When I had a baby, this meant sleeping in until the baby woke up.  Before that, it meant sleeping until I had to get ready for work. If I didn’t work in the morning, I slept until I naturally woke up. I thought that I could never be a morning person.  I felt like a zombie most mornings. I yawned, stretched, and walked slowly for a good 15 minutes after finally getting out of bed. Today, I wake up at 5 am most mornings.  My kids wake up…

  • Achieving Goals

    Love Where You Are While You Get Where You’re Going

    I used to be a fitness coach. Often, at the beginning of someone’s fitness journey, they would share their thoughts about their bodies. Many times I heard things like “I’m so fat!” or “I hate my body.” I also heard people say that they “shamed” themselves out of bed for a workout.  Something along the lines of, “You’re so fat and you’re always going to be fat unless you get up and work out.”  It’s hard for me to even type that out. I encourage people to try to love themselves— no matter where they are.  Our bodies are amazing.  They do so much for us and they should be appreciated…