{13 Lessons} Let Your Child Fail

{13 Lessons} Let Your Child Fail

In my work as a life and parenting coach, I've met many moms around the world. Each mom has a set of beautiful, unique beliefs. But the one common factor is always that moms want the absolute best for their children. The best. Nothing short of amazing. And they also...

Going Deeper Not Wider

Going Deeper Not Wider

I don’t want to speak about myself or my life. I don’t want to speak about the grey matter that makes up 99.9 percent of my life. I want to speak about the extraordinary. No, I take that back. I want to speak about how I see the extraordinary in everything. In the way...

On My Mind — In Numbers

On My Mind — In Numbers

In a world filled with perfect videos and orderly articles professionally crafted ... there is me, a poet, a plant lover, a deep thinking introvert-leaning ambivert and a writer. And here's what is on my mind right now -- a list of sorts. I love, love, love the...

Dear one ... Right now, there is something in your life that you haven't had enough time for or had enough money for or felt enough to do. Right now, you may be viewing your life through the not enough lens. Not enough time. Not enough money. Not enough energy. Not...

My First Taste of Failure As a Mom

My First Taste of Failure As a Mom

In the few days following the birth of our twin girls, I experienced my first taste of failure as a mom that resulted in shame and guilt over not being able to breastfeed. Let me explain. I was very determined to breastfeed. I had read a lot of books. Everything said...

{13 Lessons} Mother from A Place of Abundance

{13 Lessons} Mother from A Place of Abundance

What I really need to tell you this week in this series of 13 parenting lessons from 13 years of parenting is this: So often we mother from a place of scarcity and not enough. There's a new way on the horizon here inside The Abundant Mama Project. Imagine mothering...

4 Unconventional Gifts to Give Yourself for Mother’s Day

4 Unconventional Gifts to Give Yourself for Mother’s Day

The last time I celebrated Mother's Day with my mother was exactly 13 years ago this month. I recall the day only minimally. I know I was somewhat sleep deprived as my four month old twin daughters were still up at least once or twice in the night, a ritual they did...

The Beauty of Offering Space to Our Children

The Beauty of Offering Space to Our Children

I created The Abundant Mama Way nearly a decade ago to help families create more enoughness in their lives. To show moms how to release all the shoulds and create a more meaningful life. We do this through a series of mindset practices that actually -- when done...

{13 Parenting Lessons} Put the Time In

{13 Parenting Lessons} Put the Time In

Missed moments. So many missed moments. Doing this. Planning that. Going here. Stressing about that. So. Many. Missed. Moments. What does it mean to be a present parent? I have led hundreds of women on their own journey to present, playful and peaceful motherhood...

{PODCAST} The Art of Working On Yourself

{PODCAST} The Art of Working On Yourself

When we first dream of being a mother we have a vision in our heads of what that looks like. Or at least some of us did. Many others do not have that luxury and end up pregnant without planning. Either way, once we have a baby it is up to us to design motherhood how...

{Savoring Slow Invitation} Be the Calm You Need

{Savoring Slow Invitation} Be the Calm You Need

In the past few months, I have never been busier and never been slower. It seems odd to share that huge dichotomy of my life with the public, but it's true. I have mastered extremely busy. The busier I get, the more I have learned to find pockets of extreme slow, the...

{Podcast} The Powerful Message of Yes

{Podcast} The Powerful Message of Yes

Years ago, when I first started blogging, I wrote a blog post celebrating Yes Day at our house - a day when we said yes to (almost) everything the children wanted to do. I'll never forget the many negative comments I received upon sharing that concept. And I also...

The Secret to Creating a Peaceful Family

The Secret to Creating a Peaceful Family

I am deeply passionate about inspiring people to find inner and outer peace in their lives and on creating a peaceful family. This is my life's work. Children, by their very nature, are not very peaceful. They are loud. Messy. Spontaneous. Silly. Defiant. Oh but those...

5 Things That Drive Me Crazy About Myself That I’m Accepting

5 Things That Drive Me Crazy About Myself That I’m Accepting

I've been in several beautiful, passionate conversations this week where I have surprised myself by proudly proclaiming who I am and the woman I've become. The great thing about these conversations is that they have opened my eyes to the fact that I finally learned to...

Let Them Be Little

Let Them Be Little

As parents we are focused -- zeroed in on -- the health and growth of our children. We can't wait for their first smile. Their first laugh. Their first steps. Their first legit potty training success. Their first moment of reading. All of these milestones and...

A Big Lesson for the Mom Who Worries Too Much

A Big Lesson for the Mom Who Worries Too Much

Here is some advice for the mom who worries too much about everything in parenting and raising children and wonders if she's doing enough. I have spent a lot of time worrying about my daughters. I've worried about what they are eating, how well they are sleeping, if...

Healing the Inner Child Within

Healing the Inner Child Within

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about." -- Rumi Late last summer, we went out for a ride as a family down a road I'd never been down to eat some...

5 Reasons to Release Your Inner Control Freak

5 Reasons to Release Your Inner Control Freak

When it comes to releasing my own inner control freak, I'd say this has been a big part of my own personal work over the past 13 years. Or longer. For more than a decade, I have studied every possible technique on learning to let go and trust. The result is that I'm...

For the Mom Trying to Get it Right All of the Time

For the Mom Trying to Get it Right All of the Time

Dear Sweet Mama, I see you. I see you holding up the world on your shoulders one day at a time. I see you keeping it all together. And I see you trying so hard, all the time, to do everything perfectly. I see the smile fade from your face when you realize you’ve...

My Personal Lessons Learned from 2018

My Personal Lessons Learned from 2018

Welcome back to another episode of The Abundant Mama Show.  It's that time of the year when I love to look back at what I've done right and what I may have missed the mark on. So on this final episode of this holiday sanity series, I'm going to talk about my own...

Daily Mission: Go All in For Today

Daily Mission: Go All in For Today

“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do, and mostly live.” -- Dalai Lama I love planning. It's a big part of my life and how I'm as effective...

Pause for a Breath

Pause for a Breath

This poem was first published inside The Abundant Mama Peace Circle for our Year of Yes theme in 2018.  It’s not greedy to need to stop and catch your breath. It’s not a selfish act To need to breathe deeply, To collect yourself, to ground into this life. It’s also...

The Joy of Letting Go

The Joy of Letting Go

You try so hard. You do so much. You give everything 150 percent. And yet … There’s so much more you could be doing. There’s so much MORE of you you could improve. There’s so much MORE you could have if only … if only … What if you stopped focusing on what you don’t...

Self-Care Shouldn’t Feel Like More Work

Self-Care Shouldn’t Feel Like More Work

Last night, I took a long walk at dusk. The sky was lit up with sunlight of the lowering sun. There was a vibrant breeze -- which had been a bit more brisk earlier in the day. And as I walked, I had no goal. No real destination. I just wanted to walk and see the...

{Mindset Monday} Sinking into Gratitude

{Mindset Monday} Sinking into Gratitude

I've been thinking a lot about gratitude lately. To be honest, I always think about gratitude ... as someone who has kept a daily practice for nearly 10 years it's easy for me to think about it. It's as much a part of my life as walking and writing. But my awareness...

My October Intentions

My October Intentions

This past weekend, I hosted a new retreat for our Abundant Mamas. The theme was letting go. I'm always amazed at how the work I have in my head translates out into reality but this one was especially powerful. I thanked every single woman in attendance -- all 15 of...

{Mindset Monday} Lean into Your Flaws

{Mindset Monday} Lean into Your Flaws

Last night, while making dinner and doing a dozen other things, my tweenage daughter was moaning and whining for more than hour about how stressed she was about her homework. She sat on the floor of my office as I tried to type out some emails. Moaning and whining....

My Family’s Ultimate Guide to a Stress-Free School Year

My Family’s Ultimate Guide to a Stress-Free School Year

This blog post part of our series: A Thriving School Year. Read the whole series HERE. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the drama and busyness of the school year and focus on the negative aspects rather than the abundance children experience in the school setting....

How to Handle Homework Battles with Ease

How to Handle Homework Battles with Ease

This blog post is the third in our series: A Thriving School Year. Read the rest of the series HERE. If you’ve had the distinct pleasure of raising a child who gets overwhelmed or defiant about doing their homework, then you know how much an evening or a week -- or...

How to Set Peaceful Boundaries to Relieve School Anxiety

How to Set Peaceful Boundaries to Relieve School Anxiety

This blog post part of our series: A Thriving School Year. Read the whole series HERE. There is no doubt that anxiety can creep into a family and disrupt a thriving school year. Anxiety is not more prevalent now than it used to be -- we just have words to explain it...

5 Steps to Adopt a Thriving Mindset for the School Year

5 Steps to Adopt a Thriving Mindset for the School Year

This blog post part of our series: A Thriving School Year. Read the whole series HERE. I’ll fully admit that I love the fresh start of a new school year -- almost as much as I love the start of a fresh new year. There’s something intrinsic in us that creates a summer...

The Art of Tending to Yourself

The Art of Tending to Yourself

“Nothing important, or meaningful, or beautiful, or interesting, or great ever came out of imitations. The thing that is really hard and really amazing is to give up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”― Anna Quindlen Your inner world is...

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