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…

The Biggest Modern Mother Inner Conflict That Just Might Be Holding You Back

The Biggest Modern Mother Inner Conflict That Just Might Be Holding You Back

The crazy thing about Modern Mothers is that we want two really important — yet conflicting — things: To have everything our way – and perfectly. And, to have more time for ourselves. And this is absolutely the critical standoff for the Modern Mother. This mindset that we have to do everything ourselves, that we’re the only ones who…

A Super Fast Remedy For A Nagging Negative Thought Pattern

A Super Fast Remedy For A Nagging Negative Thought Pattern

Sometimes I feel like the world is going around and around and I’m on the sidelines watching. Head spinning. Eyes bulging. People laughing and smiling. And, I’m trying to get on, I’m trying to find the on-ramp but it’s escaping me. I feel confused. Little. Lost. Overwhelmed. Dizzy. Left out. Alone. Lately, when these thoughts…

On Choosing “Less is More” As A Family Motto

On Choosing “Less is More” As A Family Motto

When my family piles onto our bed to read, I swoon inside. I relish these family moments more than anything. And those days when we’re just too busy to make it happen leave me feeling sad inside. These years are short. And sometimes the days feel even shorter and if we’re not conscious we will…

You Can’t Have It All. But You Can Absolutely Have Right Now

You Can’t Have It All. But You Can Absolutely Have Right Now

  You may not get it right today. You may have already made a mistake. Yelled. Said something you regret. Did something you regret. Here’s the thing about motherhood. There’s never a perfect one. Even the best are blamed for something wrong in their children’s lives. Here’s the thing about children. There’s never a perfect one….

Stop Thinking About What Makes a Good Mother. Be One

Stop Thinking About What Makes a Good Mother. Be One

You don’t need to think so much. What you need is permission to stop your mind from spinning around and around on the same problems and challenges day after day. You don’t need to research incessantly about what makes a good mother. What you need is permission to stop thinking the answers lie “out there” under some other ideal conditions and…

41 Wishes for Good Enough Moms

41 Wishes for Good Enough Moms

Last year, for my 40th birthday I wrote a blog post called 40 Wishes for My Daughters. I still love that post and re-read it often myself, as a reminder. Today, I want to do the same for you — all of you — inspired by one of my favorite children’s books, “And, Here’s To You.”…

Are You One of the Strong Moms?

Are You One of the Strong Moms?

From experience, I know a good bit about strong moms. Strong moms hold on tightly to far more than they ever release and let go. Strong ones are afraid of appearing weak because then everything — EVERYTHING — may fall apart. Strong mothers believe they have to be strong because who will keep it all together if…

For those moments when you want to give up … Don’t.

For those moments when you want to give up … Don’t.

“The world will break your heart ten ways to Sunday. That’s guaranteed. I can’t begin to explain that. Or the craziness inside myself and everyone else. But guess what? Sunday’s my favorite day again.” — Pat in the film “Silver Linings Playbook” For those moments when nothing is going right. For those moments when you’re…

I Am Worthy: Why You Must Start Believing It

I Am Worthy: Why You Must Start Believing It

The #IAmWorthySociety photos are being created by Abundant Mama past students in the program. It all started with them and their courage. You are invited to play along! *** If you took just two minutes to look into the mirror — I mean really look at yourself — who would you see? Whose beautiful eyes would be staring back…

A Mindful Mother’s Guide To Feeling Worthy

A Mindful Mother’s Guide To Feeling Worthy

What are you worthy of in your life? What is your family worthy of? How are you showing up in the world in a way that allows you to feel valued, important, useful, heard and seen? Worthiness for mothers is a very complicated topic. At first, we think we’re not worthy of anything at all…

Crafting The Imperfect Mom’s Real To-Do List

Crafting The Imperfect Mom’s Real To-Do List

Some days, we’re just on. And we get everything right. We’re walking with a hop in our step. We’re productive and happy. And some days, we’re just so not on. And we get many things wrong — like that time recently when I was heating up my lunch and doing too many things at once…

10 Productively Peaceful Things To Do During Mercury in Retrograde

10 Productively Peaceful Things To Do During Mercury in Retrograde

If you’ve ever just felt off, like everything was going wrong, and all of your communications with others is failing, it’s a very good chance you were possibly experiencing the affects of Mercury in Retrograde. This may feel a lot like a bunch of New Age Woo-Woo to you but, read on, just in case. Seriously. I…

A Busy Mom’s Guide to Meditating without Meditating

A Busy Mom’s Guide to Meditating without Meditating

For years I wanted to be that woman meditating. I wanted to feel that peace. I wanted to be mindful and purposeful in my everyday moments. But getting myself to the meditation cushion was so hard, and the more I didn’t do it, the more guilt I felt. So after a while I gave up on…

A Simple Life Hack For More Joyful Days

A Simple Life Hack For More Joyful Days

In my Abundant Mama alumni program, we have spent the first part of this month focused on our work on three big, juicy concepts: Joy, Softening and Self-Care. And, as part of our weekly work, each of the mamas — who span the world in where they live and how they mother — sets a weekly intention. An intention is…

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