Love Yourself

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I notice moms everywhere…passing by me at Target and at gymnastics – 2 kids in tow, 1 on the way. The stressed look on her face. Trying to juggle it all. Feeling all alone. Life wasn’t supposed to be like this, was it? Isn’t this what she looked forward to her whole life? Getting married and having babies? Why did no one tell her how hard it would be? Why did no one tell her to stay young just a little while longer. Little did she know how many sleepless nights were ahead of her. How many fevers she would tend to. How many days the laundry would pile up around her while she felt anything but joy. Continue reading “Love Yourself”

Paradise Found

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For as long as I can remember, my mind has been captive to negative thoughts.

I wasn’t necessarily aware of it, but I was definitely not a “glass half full” person if you were to ask me. I knew that I longed for joy – but I really believed my circumstances just weren’t allowing for it. Whether it was cranky kids, sheer exhaustion, or a season of sickness, I always felt the odds were stacked against me in my search for happiness.

I so badly wanted to find this ‘paradise’ in my life – that time and place where everything would finally go my way. I was so caught up in the “if/then” game: “If only the kids were a little bit older, then things would be easier.” Or: “If I could just get a solid night of sleep, then I wouldn’t be so irritable all the time.”

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Taking Back Monday

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I remember it like it was yesterday. My daughter was roughly 2 months old and my husband had come home from work to have lunch with us. As we sat there talking, I kept thinking of something interesting I could add to the conversation…but, I literally had nothing. My morning had consisted of changing diapers, nursing countless times, and I was still in the same clothes I had slept in the night before. So I listened to my husband tell me about his busy morning while I wondered what was happening deep down inside of me.

This was such a pivotal moment in my new journey of motherhood. For the first time in my life, I was experiencing an identity crisis. I didn’t know who I was anymore. It felt so confusing…I had wanted to be a mother all of my life. So why wasn’t it fulfilling like I had envisioned?

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Our January Adventure

A couple months ago we traveled up to the Reno / Lake Tahoe area to visit family. The trip was definitely a whirlwind – two nights and basically half a day of travel on each end. We couldn’t find any flights that worked to take us straight to Reno. Instead, we flew from LAX to Sacramento, and then rented a vehicle to drive through Donner Pass to get to Reno. Continue reading “Our January Adventure”

Pilates as Self-Care

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As part of my self-care journey, I’ve always been mindful of getting in some form of exercise, which is no easy feat when you’re a parent. I have tried going back to the regular “gym” where I can use childcare, but then I never know when they might call me out of class because my child needs a diaper change or some other reason. I settled on doing workout videos at home after the birth of my second child. It seemed like the easiest route and it still does in some ways. But last year I felt like I needed to up my game a bit. My body was getting used to the same routine and I was craving a challenge. Continue reading “Pilates as Self-Care”

Kim Burckhardt Interview

I am so excited to share an interview with a fellow mom I met on Instagram over the past year. I love Kim’s posts on fitness and nutrition. Over the years, I have also done a lot of working out at home and I know other moms do the same. I find her tips incredibly motivating and helpful and I know others will too. Please don’t forget to check out Kim’s Facebook and Instagram page too! Continue reading “Kim Burckhardt Interview”

Season of Rest

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This Winter has been such a period of rest for me – but more like forced rest. I am admittedly a homebody but I do like going out with my hubby or girlfriends, of course. My littlest one has decided to wake at the ungodly hours of 4:30 to 5:30 every morning since October. It doesn’t matter how I adjust his bedtime, he still wakes up well before the sun. This kid has been my good sleeper over the years, so I guess I was due for something to shake things up? Our days have felt so long, and I basically go to bed at 8:30 or 9 each night in order to get a good amount of sleep. I have passed up many a social occasion this season in order to make sure I get rest. Continue reading “Season of Rest”

Making Time for Yourself

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“Similar to a garden, we all reflect the kind of care we are given. If we are intentional about watering and getting sun, we will also bloom and thrive like the flower does. As mothers, it is so, so easy to neglect ourselves and wither away. Self-care is crucial as a caregiver. Keep pushing for it. It will keep you alive and growing.”
I recently had one of those horrible parenting fails – you know, the ones where you do something you completely regret? Something you do or say (or in this case yelled as loud as possible) when all buttons have been pushed and the adrenaline is rushing at lightning speed. I am still processing it because I feel so terrible I let myself get to that point. Hindsight is 20/20 – but really, why didn’t I see it coming? When I felt the spike in blood pressure, why didn’t I go to another room and take some deep breaths in order to regroup?

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How to find rest this holiday season

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Today’s entry is a guest post I wrote for The Triplet Farm blog. I met Angela through Instagram and she interviewed me for a series she did several months ago. To read that interview, click here. Thanks, Angela, for the feature!

The holidays are officially here. And with each passing year, it seems this season passes quicker and quicker. Am I right? As mothers, we often find ourselves trying to squeeze in so much that we find ourselves completely burnt out halfway through the season. There’s an endless amount of pressure to make the holidays perfect for our kids while also shopping, baking cookies, attending parties, decorating our houses, all while meeting the daily demands of our family. Continue reading “How to find rest this holiday season”

On Being Brave

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We all have that one defining moment in our lives, the moment where we must choose between remaining fearful or taking a risk. We may not even remember when it happened, because we were so young. But we all learned to stand, walk, and ride a bike so we all faced and overcame a fear at some point.

For some, that defining moment may have been an agonizing decision such as quitting a stable job to start a dream business or not following peers in a pressure-filled situation. For others, their moment may have been a series of small decisions that carried significant weight in the light of future endeavors. Continue reading “On Being Brave”