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...

{PODCAST} An Interview with Mr. Abundant Mama

{PODCAST} An Interview with Mr. Abundant Mama

In a world that is starting to feel a lot like a trippy land of make believe ... I am often wondering what is real and what is not? Social media can be very deceiving. It can be filled with false hope, false expectations and false reality. This week's podcast, in...

{Podcast} 5 Ways to Relight the Fire in Your Marriage

{Podcast} 5 Ways to Relight the Fire in Your Marriage

Relighting the fire in our marriages is a conversation that comes up a lot in my work with women. As mothers, we're so busy focusing on everything that comes up in our lives each day -- children, housework, careers, self-care. And our marriages often are the last...

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...

Day Five: Be the Change Mini Bootcamp

Day Five: Be the Change Mini Bootcamp

It's time to celebrate your successes! First, thank you for participating in this Be the Change Mini Bootcamp. I hope you have found it fun and simple. As a quick recap of what we've done so far this week, we established our ONE area of change and discovered our why...

Day Four: Be the Change Mini Bootcamp

Day Four: Be the Change Mini Bootcamp

So far in this Be the Change Mini Bootcamp, you've hopefully identified what area of change you want to make and you've found your WHY for that change as well as taken a bit of an inventory on how many steps you'll need to take to make real change in that area. Now,...

Day Three: Be the Change Mini Bootcamp

Day Three: Be the Change Mini Bootcamp

Many women in our Abundant Mamas programs struggle with overwhelm when trying to make change happen in their lives because they are highly sensitive. Being highly sensitive means that too much information can actually cause your brain to shut down -- resulting in...

Day Two: Be the Change Mini Bootcamp

Day Two: Be the Change Mini Bootcamp

In yesterday's first session of this Be the Change Mini Bootcamp, I encouraged you to write down a MAX of three areas of your life where you are interested in seeing some change. From that list, you were encouraged to pick only ONE area to focus on for this bootcamp....

Day One: Be the Change Mini Bootcamp

Day One: Be the Change Mini Bootcamp

We all have something in our lives we want to change. Nothing can ever be perfect. And while we encourage our community of Abundant Mamas to lean into being flexible and more go-with-the-flow -- that’s a big part of our work in the Abundant Mama Home Study program --...

Join my Be the Change Mini Bootcamp

Join my Be the Change Mini Bootcamp

Change can be overwhelming. It can feel impossible. And yet ... change can be liberating and exactly what we need to jazz up a life that is feeling out of sorts. For myself and many others who identify as highly sensitive, trying to make change can result in a total...

2019 — A Year of Promises

2019 — A Year of Promises

Take a second to go back in time.Take your mind back to January 1, 2018. What did you want for yourself? What did you want for your life? Did you make it all happen? Some of it? At least one thing? And did that one thing stick? My work with women is profound. It's...

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 eight years it's easy for me to think about it. But my awareness right now is on how to make gratitude sustainable for all --...

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...

Why You Must Dig Deep to Find Your Why

Why You Must Dig Deep to Find Your Why

Your why matters. Your why matters in each task you do each day. Your why matters in what you give your energy to each day. Your why matters in how you show up in the world. In my work with women around the world learning Abundant Mama Way of living and mothering from...

How to Make Progress on Your Goals and Dreams in a Busy Life

How to Make Progress on Your Goals and Dreams in a Busy Life

One of the hardest parts about motherhood isn't the lack of time, like so many women think. It's the lack of solitude -- the long stretches of time that we need to think, to connect with ourselves and our needs and to find clarity in a busy life. We are faced with...

Going After Your Dream: You Have to Want it

Going After Your Dream: You Have to Want it

One day about 20 years ago, when I was a newspaper reporter in my early 20s, I was inspired to write my first novel. Every night, after chasing ambulances as a crime reporter covering murders and fires, I would sit down with my laptop on the back patio with a cup of...

Finding Joy in Motherhood is Your Journey to Wholeness

Finding Joy in Motherhood is Your Journey to Wholeness

“Joy is a marvelous increasing of what exists, a pure addition out of nothingness.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke Lately, I've been thinking about one thing. Joy. And how I just want to feel joy. Every day. I was in a church service this past weekend that focused on developing...

A Message for the Mom Who is Ready to Let her Soul Shine

A Message for the Mom Who is Ready to Let her Soul Shine

“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man...

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