• 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…

  • Healthy Living,  Marriage,  Personal Development

    Confessions of a Mom

    I have a confession to make.  Several, actually.  My 4-year-old wore shorts to daycare ALL winter long, even in the 40 below in January weather.  I have always wanted a challenging and fulfilling career and can’t imagine not working.  My kids spend way too much time in front of the TV or their tablets while I’m doing homework.  I am not always the wife I feel my husband deserves because I am impatient and do not always express appreciation for the help he provides.  Being on time to any outing is a struggle and I hardly ever (who am I kidding … I never) do readings before class.  And the…

  • Healthy Living,  Personal Development

    Battling Perfectionist Procrastination

    “Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.”  Dr. Harriet Braiker, a clinical psychologist, author and advocate for issues facing women, is credited with this thought-provoking quote.  My last post explored perfectionism as a form of procrastination and for me, the line between excellence and perfection tends to be small and blurry (much like the lines currently separating my home, school, and work lives – as I’m sure many of you can relate!).  Read on to find out about the 5 interventions I have found helpful in moving toward accomplishing my goals despite perfectionist procrastination. 1) Take action!  Newton’s laws about “an object in motion staying in motion”…

  • Personal Development

    Perfectionism is Procrastination

    Life constantly challenges you to confront your weaknesses in an often annoying and in-your-face type of way.  I would compare it to attempting to carry on a serious conversation with your husband amidst all three of your kids repeatedly chanting “mama, mama, mama.”  Or trying to get all three of your kids out the door in the morning with all their appropriate outdoor gear and without losing your mind.  Or finally coming home after a long day only to have complaints from all three of your kids about supper and then making multiple suppers so said kids will eat something.  Do you sense a theme here? Back to perfectionism.  One…