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...

2 Myths that Prevent You from Caring For Yourself

2 Myths that Prevent You from Caring For Yourself

We all need to take more time for ourselves. Every single human being on this planet. Mothers are certainly no exception. I've coached and mentored thousands of women around the world on how to do just this for the past 20 years. Because life is hard for all of us....

The Care of the Caregiver: Finding the Balance

The Care of the Caregiver: Finding the Balance

I knew the time would come, eventually. Somehow, though, it showed up on my doorstep one day as a total surprise. As an only child with two elderly parents, the clock was ticking more loudly with each passing day. By the time I realized what was going on, life had...

A Rebellious Act of Self-Love for the Imperfect Mom

A Rebellious Act of Self-Love for the Imperfect Mom

“The perfect mother doesn't exist. The perfect you doesn't exist. The only thing that does is exist are flawed human beings who are trying to raise flawed human beings. And, for this, we can give compassion first to ourselves and then to those we love knowing that...

A Place To Find My Way Home

A Place To Find My Way Home

Now and then we turn this space over to our Real Abundant Mamas so they can share their stories of transformation, connection to self and the power of our work together in our group coaching community, The Peace Circle. Today we are sharing Carla's story and how she...

Managing the Stress and Busyness of Working Motherhood

Managing the Stress and Busyness of Working Motherhood

Inside: Coping with the stress of working motherhood and how to manage the stress and busyness of it all. I remember the day that I went back to work full-time after I had my twin girls. I had taken four months off -- longer than many new moms get for sure -- and I...

The Importance of Caring for Yourself as a Special Needs Mom

The Importance of Caring for Yourself as a Special Needs Mom

Inside: Caring for yourself as a special needs mom is not only hard -- it's essential. This post talks about the struggles of a special needs mom. Out of all the heavy loads of motherhood, being a special needs mom is one of the hardest, loneliest, and complicated of...

Navigating the Struggles of Solo Parenting

Navigating the Struggles of Solo Parenting

Inside: The stress of solo parenting and the toll it can take on a mother and a family. The long stretches of solo parenting can take a toll on moms with little support system. I have had many clients in my work as a family wellness coach who have gone 12+ hours of...

The Ultimate Guide to Managing Screen Time For Children

The Ultimate Guide to Managing Screen Time For Children

INSIDE: This post is a guide to help you create a balanced approach to managing screen time for children so that you don't feel constantly conflicted or drained by the negotiations.  When we pictured ourselves becoming mothers and having children and all the beautiful...

Why You Need to Seize a Moment for Yourself

Why You Need to Seize a Moment for Yourself

“...and the evening was so beautiful, that it made a pain in my heart, as when you cannot tell wether you are happy or sad; and I thought that if I could have a wish, it would be that nothing would ever change, and we would stay that way forever.” ― Margaret Atwood​...

The Journey to Enoughness Begins With You

The Journey to Enoughness Begins With You

The journey to enoughness begins with you. I cannot give you more money. I cannot give you more time. I cannot give you better behaved children. I cannot give you a more attentive partner. I cannot give you a clean house. I cannot give you a job with less stress. But...

Learning to Accept the Chaos of Motherhood

Learning to Accept the Chaos of Motherhood

“The more time you spend thinking about yourself, the more suffering you will experience.”  ― Dalai Lama Acceptance, as it turns out, is absolutely the root of the family wellness work that I've been teaching inside The Abundant Mama Project for years. This idea of...

How to Rock Joy in the Hard Times

How to Rock Joy in the Hard Times

In my family wellness coaching work with women, finding joy in hard times comes up daily. Moms desperately want to experience joy. The doldrums of the routine and mundane can make us feel like we're missing out on all the fun that life has to offer. And the challenges...

Stop just going through the motions of motherhood

Stop just going through the motions of motherhood

I had this moment the other day while washing the dishes in true Abundant Mama fashion — slow, with music and candles and solitude. I had this strange feeling of doing exactly what needed doing and feeling amazingly connected to myself and my life. And then I had a...

Joy vs. Happiness

Joy vs. Happiness

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” ― Marianne Williamson Can you be happy and not feel joy? Can you feel joy and not be happy? This is among the important conversation -- and soul work -- that our Abundant...

Stay Open for Joy … It does NOT disappoint

Stay Open for Joy … It does NOT disappoint

Last night, joy showed up. I was open to it (my joy mantra is Stay Open for Joy). Instead of doing all the things, and making my daughter -- who tends to move very slowly at bedtime in all the directions except her bed -- do all the things. I laid down on my bed and...

The Real Reason You Have Too Much Stuff

The Real Reason You Have Too Much Stuff

Too much stuff. It seems that everyone has too much stuff and everyone is talking about getting rid of all of their stuff. Perhaps you, too, think you have too much stuff. In this most recent Abundant Mama Show podcast, I'm talking about stuff and why I don't think...

A Mother’s New Year Blessing

A Mother’s New Year Blessing

Welcome to 2018! We are so glad you are here to begin this new year with us. We know that is going to be amazing for our Abundant Mama Community! So much goodness in store all around. I wrote this for YOU. Just for you. Enjoy! *** May the year...

Meditate Like a Mother

Meditate Like a Mother

Fluff  your zafu, just perfectly. Sit. Re-sit a few times until comfortable. Rest. Be happy you finally found the right position that isn't leaning one way or another. Find that perfect place to stare toward. Sink into that space. Breathe....

What Are You Doing About Your Stress and Anxiety?

What Are You Doing About Your Stress and Anxiety?

Pre-P.S. -- If reducing your stress and finding inner peace is the gift you want to give yourself this season, you will really like my 3-week eCourse called The Abundant Mama Project: A Joy Practice for Moms. Class starts soon. Save your seat...

Exhaling Overwhelm. Exhaling Mistakes. Exhaling Chaos.

Exhaling Overwhelm. Exhaling Mistakes. Exhaling Chaos.

The first thing to go is the breath. I mean the long, deep, easy breathing that gives us energy and makes us feel really relaxed. All that remains is a shallow, gripping breath that's anything but calming. That's the first sign that I've been...

How (and WHY) to Be Your Anxious Child’s Ally

How (and WHY) to Be Your Anxious Child’s Ally

The first time was when one of my girls was in third grade. A boy had thrown up on the bus and now my sweet little third grader didn't want to ride the bus anymore. And right around that same time, another boy threw up in the classroom. And another in the...

Delight & Inspire: The Savoring Slow Edition

Delight & Inspire: The Savoring Slow Edition

Savoring Slow. A feeling. A way. A stillness quest in the busyness of life. It's been far too long since I've talked in this space about my own longings -- all of our longings -- to slow down and savor the slow parts of life. But first, we have...

On Tending the Woman Inside of the Mother

On Tending the Woman Inside of the Mother

This post may contain Amazon Affiliate Associates Links. Your purchases through those links helps support this site. Thank you. *** Tending: To have the care of; watch over; look after; tend a child. Tending our inner selves is often the last great...

What if You Gave Everything Over to Peace?

What if You Gave Everything Over to Peace?

What if you gave everything over to peace? Not world peace. Not idealistic peace. But achievable peace. Peace that shows up like buttering toast. Peace that shows up like YES you can watch TV or play that game. Peace that shows up like taking a...

How Moms Pretty Much Rule the Concept of World Peace

How Moms Pretty Much Rule the Concept of World Peace

Since the day I started this project -- this blog and family wellness coaching business that has helped and inspired thousands of women around the world -- I have operated on one single personal mission. To change the world -- one family at a...

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