A Few Simple Ways to Explore Self-Care through Photography

A Few Simple Ways to Explore Self-Care through Photography

It is my pleasure to offer this space over to my friend Beryl Ayn Young, a mama photographer and teacher with a gift for capturing the beauty of motherhood. Welcome, Beryl! *** There was a season in motherhood where I was a sprinter. Not in the hit the pavement, run races kind of way. In…

4 Surprising Benefits of Slow Parenting that are Not Just for the Kids

4 Surprising Benefits of Slow Parenting that are Not Just for the Kids

It was Sunday. We walked barefoot through the grass, stopping to look at leaves on trees and bushes. The coolness of her skin wrapped around the warmth of my free hand. My other hand carrying a yellow beach bucket that now serves as watering can. We were on a mission to water our garden, a…

5 Simple Tips for Embracing A Slow Summer Mindset with Kids

5 Simple Tips for Embracing A Slow Summer Mindset with Kids

I’m going to be very honest. Our summer is scheduled. Intentionally full. We have structured this summer to be full of bliss and fun. But, we’re not going to be too busy. I don’t do busyness. Of course, hopefully you know that by now since I wrote a book called Savoring Slow. However, we are…

How to Support Yourself During A New Motherhood Season

How to Support Yourself During A New Motherhood Season

I was wrapped up in layers of blankets. Not quite awake. Not quite asleep. Rested. It was the first time in years I slept past 7 a.m. The door of my bedroom creaked open, slowly. I open an eye only to see an eye peeking in through the crack. When our eyes meet, she tots…

Mastering The Art of Slow Mothering

Mastering The Art of Slow Mothering

It happened, again. I encouraged the mamas in the current Abundant Mama class to do something that many of them really, really, really do not like to do. To Be still. Stillness, as I’ve learned over the last few years, is the dirtiest word in motherhood. When we are still we think we are lazy. Or unmotivated. Or…

Embracing the Trade-offs and Challenges of Motherhood with Ease

Embracing the Trade-offs and Challenges of Motherhood with Ease

You always have a choice. Right now, I’m in our family room sitting next to one of my girls who has been sick with a fever for five days my time — four days medical time. We’ve had to swap out everything to cope. Today, I’m putting in couch time to stay close to her….

What Stops You From Living Abundantly?

What Stops You From Living Abundantly?

“When I’m feeling down, I make myself a big bowl of Up Soup. The bowl only looks empty, but in reality it’s full of hope. Grab a spoon, there’s plenty for both of us.”  ― Jarod Kintz, Last week, I asked a question to the women in my online program a simple question. What is your…

The Most Vital Self-Care Tool I Never Talk About

The Most Vital Self-Care Tool I Never Talk About

It is an honor to share this post with you today as part of Rachael Cook’s Business That Loves You Back Blog Tour. It’s been beautiful to read the other stories of women running businesses that feel really good. Like this one from Shenee. And this one from Claire. *** This Friday, I’ll joyfully board…

5 Powerful Actions to Say Yes To Today That Could Change Your Life

5 Powerful Actions to Say Yes To Today That Could Change Your Life

One of the biggest search terms of this site is the word yes. YES. Yes to that. Early on I wrote about being a Yes Mama. I still try very hard to live my life with YES at the forefront. Saying yes feels good. Saying yes to doing things differently or meaningfully fills my heart…

Embracing “Imperfectly Perfect” Motherhood

Embracing “Imperfectly Perfect” Motherhood

This post is another in our series of Real Abundant Mamas courageously sharing their personal Abundant Mama Journeys with us — and this one is from Wales in the United Kingdom. Please welcome Abundant Mama Rhian Welham to this space today and give her a warm welcome on her story of embracing imperfectly perfect motherhood. *** Before I…

How to Transform Out of Your “Not Enough” Mentality

How to Transform Out of Your “Not Enough” Mentality

It’s time I tell you a story about coming full circle. About being worn and shiny and beautiful. About darkness. And about light. And a storm that welled up inside of me.     *** My “Why I Wake Up Early” volume of Mary Oliver poetry was ruined recently by some water mishap I still…

A Sweet List of Life Planning Tools for Modern Mothers

A Sweet List of Life Planning Tools for Modern Mothers

I get asked about how I manage my time and energy all the time. Running a business from my home is the easiest part of my day most of the time. Being The Mom is often the hardest — like recently when my very sad daughter told me she was teased by a popular girl in…

On Being A More Confident Mother

On Being A More Confident Mother

Today, I’m so honored to once again turn this space over to a “Real Life” Abundant Mama willing to share her story. Please welcome Quillin, a 2014 Abundant Mama alumni, and a current member of The Abundant Mama Peace Circle — a coaching circle I offer only to Abundant Mama alumni of the 4-Week class. It is such…

Achieve Balance With A Mindful Motherhood Philosophy

Achieve Balance With A Mindful Motherhood Philosophy

Motherhood. It’s not as simple as it used to be. There are so many more expectations of us now than ever. And we put many more on ourselves as well. We’re inundated with noise, distractions, goals, lists, things, activities and projects. It also means we carry way more expectations for our children than ever, too….

How to Make Quality Family Time A Priority

How to Make Quality Family Time A Priority

Imagine for a minute the perfect day. You’re able to get up early for some quiet time for yourself to do something creative or active or blissful — something that brings a smile to your face and a skip in your step. You’re able to spend some high quality time with your smiling, laughing children,…

You Don’t Have To Overdo Motherhood

You Don’t Have To Overdo Motherhood

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ― Mahatma Gandhi Last week, I talked about how I never feel like we’re stuck as mothers. We’re not stuck doing too much. We’re not stuck holding it all together. We’re not stuck with the inconvenience of raising little people. When…

You Are Not Stuck. You Can Love Being A Mother.

You Are Not Stuck. You Can Love Being A Mother.

“I always feel so guilty that I’m not enjoying parenthood as much as I (think I) should.” This comment was from a small discussion on my personal Facebook page this week. The note was from a high school friend in response to my latest blog post in my highly sensitive mom series. Her feelings are…

How Being A Highly Sensitive Mom Affects Your Parenting Strategies

How Being A Highly Sensitive Mom Affects Your Parenting Strategies

The tea pot was whistling. The children were arguing, loudly, about who gets to do something first. Breakfast was in the works. The stereo was blasting with my husband’s favorite music. And bad news was delivered by text. These are not ideal conditions for a highly sensitive mom who is easily overwhelmed. When multiple things happen…

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