• Mom Life

    How to Stress Less and Be More

    Mommyhood and stress go hand-in-hand.  Whether you stay at home with your kids, whether you work, or whether you have one or five kids, you have stress.  In my last post, I wrote about my struggles with perfectionism as a working mom and my goal to stress less.  Unattainable?  Maybe.  But who doesn’t love a challenge?  It’s an especially timely goal as my graduate school classes gear up again this week. If you’re anything like me, the more you add to your plate, the higher the stress.  Keeping the tiny humans we created in line is plenty in and of itself.  But when you add marriage, work, personal goals, and…

  • Mom Life

    Working Mom Life is a Work in Progress

    You know those days when nothing seems to go right?  That’s the day I was having.  No sleep the night before and after working all day, I decided to make a “quick” stop at Wal-Mart.  Except that there’s no such thing as a “quick” stop at Wal-Mart.  It’s actually a lie I tell myself to avoid driving by the exit and instead opting for pizza AGAIN.  “It’ll be different this time.  I just need to get a few things.  In and out.  I promise,” I mutter to myself as I pull into a parking spot.  All lies.  Wal-Mart at 4 p.m. on a weekday is always short on cashiers and…

  • Personal Development

    Letting Go: The Art of Moving On

    Yells erupt the minute I walk out of the living room to switch over the laundry.  “Mine!”  “No, me do it!.”  “Stop it brother!”  “Let go!”  My two boys, aged 4 and 2, are duking it out over a brand new Paw Patrol toy.  I think it was Rubble but it could’ve been Marshall.  Hard to say.  Anyway, the brothers stare angrily at each other as they each attempt to wrench the dog out of the other’s hands.  I grab the toy out of both their hands and promptly put Chase (it was actually Chase!) on the top shelf of the cabinet.  “There.  Now no one has it,” I sternly…

  • Personal Development

    #RealLife Advice on How to Juggle #StudentLife and #MomLife

    Fall is just around the corner and with it comes the start of a brand new school year.  Kids everywhere are anxiously awaiting new teachers, old friends, and the resumption of fall sports.  Each new school year brings a chance for a fresh start and a completely different world of learning.  But kids aren’t the only ones dusting off their backpacks and sharpening brand new pencils.  Moms everywhere are also looking down the barrel of the fresh start which comes with starting a new academic journey.  Maybe you’re considering going back to school but are worried about juggling #studentlife and #momlife?  As someone who’s juggled both for 4 out of…

  • Healthy Living

    One Busy Mom’s Journey Toward Personal Fitness

    One of my biggest fears while growing up was getting nailed in the face by a basketball.  The resulting bloody nose was the stuff that my nightmares were made of.  Well, that and bears.  But that’s a story for another time.  Sports in general were not my thing.  I didn’t understand why anyone would want to play them, watch them, or even break a sweat in gym class.  In fact, my gym teacher often referred to me as a “coffee clutcher” which apparently means I’d rather gab with friends than chase a ball across a soccer field.  A fact which was habitually reflected in my consistent “B-” average gym grade. …

  • Healthy Living,  Personal Development

    Kindness to Others is the Best Self-Care

    So there I was … stuck on the phone with my insurance billing department.  AGAIN.  Co-parenting has many challenging aspects and today it was resolving insurance information.  All I wanted to do was simply pay the bill and 45 minutes later, it still hadn’t happened.  To make matters worse, the customer service woman talked slower than anyone I had encountered in my life.  She also put me on hold multiple times because she clearly didn’t know how to help me.  As I lamented giving up my lunch to make this call, I could feel my blood pressure and frustration rising by the second.  In that moment, kindness was the furthest…

  • Marriage

    Top 5 Tips for a Healthy Marriage

    My husband and I have been through so much in the past (almost) 5 years of marriage.  We have bought a house, gone through two pregnancies, switched jobs, and also had countless fights and petty arguments.  Together we have learned that a healthy marriage does not just automatically happen.  It takes work – so much work!  It also takes personal development and a desire (on the part of both spouses) to have a healthy marriage.  There is a certain amount of sacrifice on the part of both as well because putting another person ahead of yourself is necessary but never easy.  Although we are far from experts, read on for…

  • Personal Development

    Embracing “Failure”

    Last Wednesday as I was rushing to get the kids out the door in a timely manner, the doorbell rang.  This was odd because we NEVER have company and especially not at 7:30 a.m. on a weekday morning.  I was tempted to ignore it and load the kids in the car but knew whoever it was had most likely parked behind my car anyway so there was no getting out.  I grudgingly trudged up the stairs to the front door and opened it to find two city guys patiently standing there.  They proceeded to tell me that this was a courtesy call to let us know that we were using…

  • Personal Development

    When the Going Gets Tough

    Recently, I’ve really been struggling with keeping the motivation to continue on in my graduate school journey.  I have two years behind me and as of the date I’m writing this, 343 days stand between me and graduation with my doctor of nursing practice degree.  Regardless of whether you are going through a graduate nursing program, are working on establishing consistency in your fitness routine, or are adjusting to a change of really any type in your life, we all face the temptation to throw in the towel sometimes.  Why does it seem easier to quit than to keep going?  Is it really easier or is this something that we…

  • Healthy Living,  Personal Development

    Who Are You?

    Being a mom has completely changed me both for the better and for the worse.  My ability to multi-task is now off the charts even though the results are not always reliable.  As an example, I recently embarked upon a search for the eggs that I had brought home from the store only a few hours prior only to finally locate them in the freezer.  I blame the mix-up on my attempts to put groceries away while listening to an online lecture for class and cooking supper.  On the bright side, this past weekend I was able to finish writing a paper while simultaneously feeding my youngest child teddy grahams…