My husband jokes all the time about the “mom mafia”. I do not think you really have to be a mom to be a part of this tribe. It is really a woman thing. A relationship thing. Whenever one of us experience a trial, hard-time, health issue, our women tribe move into action. There is food…..so much food. Of course there is also a listening ear, help with carpool, and general rally so no one is alone…but there is always enough food! I know I have amazing friends. It is hard not to feel it when you put yourself out there in this type of work. The women around me encourage me, challenge me, and are genuinely interested in how life is going. It is a two way street. I love celebrating the successes of my friends, big or small! Stay-at-home, work-at-home, traditional work – those labels do not matter. We thrive when we have a tribe of women surrounding us in all seasons of life. Never is that more true than when a trial hits. This past week I travelled back to my childhood home. Momma was in the midst. You go when it’s your momma. Right! Although, the […]Read More
Summertime. In the Pacific Northwest, July means summer begins. Let’s talk family. We come outside like ants to sugar seeking sun. Outdoor activities are crammed into what seems like a 30 day period so we can sustain the rest of the year in the rain. As we move into July we are on our 13 month of being in a “temporary apartment”. The best part, it is now the season we can actually use the pool. I love that part. When we moved into this apartment over a year ago, we intended it to be a short season. We do not mind being in an apartment it has actually taken our lifestyle down to a very minimalist living. Gone are the days of Costco bulk shopping. We are here in all our craziness. The issue has become that I did not plan for apartment size furniture in my choices of items we moved here versus what furniture we put in storage. We feel a bit closterphobic. For the past year, there is no escaping family. Everywhere you turn in the apartment, there someone will be sitting, playing, eating, working. We are everywhere. It has been an intense journey […]Read More
Have you ever faced a difficult situation in life and felt more judgement by others opinions than support? Watching a loved one suffer, friend or family member is a hard place to live. We often feel helpless so we give what comes natural – our opinion. Last week, I shared a post about loss. The loss of my uncle when I was 24 years old changed me, my life, and my family. Until that morning, suicide was a thing of the movies. I had not even considered it as a possibility among anyone I knew. I was wrong. When I walked into the house, my grandfather sat slumped over the kitchen table with his face in his hands. The patriarch of our family sat sobbing, deep guttural sobs. Simply saying, “why didn’t he tell me, I could have helped him?” From the phone call, to the five hour drive to get to my aunt there were not many words – just disbelief. In my mind, I kept thinking I would wake up. I left my life that day on the floor. Swept away in a sea of emotions, grief, and naivety, my former self was no longer. Dramatic? Ask anyone […]Read More
It took me awhile before I realized the screams I was hearing were my own. When I came out of my dream-like state, my co-worker friends were shaking me and asking me loudly to focus on them. I was standing in a conference room down the hall from my desk. The last thing I remember was picking up the phone. The fifteen minutes I do not remember that day was not the only thing I lost. Both are gone forever. My story is not uncommon. It is just not to be spoken. Those fifteen minutes I lost, it has taken 20 years for me to share them. I will share them with you this month. May was Mental Health awareness month. I can not speak to what it is to suffer from mental illness. It is not my story to tell. What I will share in this next two weeks is hard. It is not what many people want to hear. There are so many that need our love. Fierce love. Unconditional love. Will you join me on this next journey? Join me as I share what it is like to walk along side someone with a mental illness. The […]Read More
I recently sat down with my friends from The XGym and beegeandpeege.com. They have some exciting projects in the works. However, for the last two years I have been hooked on their fitness chocolate! It is amazing. You can find the full recipe here. There are some other great recipes as well as explanation on the fitness chocolate benefits. Recently, in support of our 30 day journey, I asked them to give some helpful tips for curbing and giving up the sugars. Hope they will help you on your journey! My Question To Beege and Peege: What 3 Ways could someone curb or quit their sugary foods habits? Beege and Peege: First remember that giving up sugar is a process. These might seem basic but they are good reminders that it is a process not a quick fix. Step 1: Read food labels. Stay away from fructose, sucrose, etc. Beege has a great Facebook page resource group for products here. Step 2: Swap sugar snacks with veggies. Pair veggies with a yummy dip and/or berries . Step 3: Affirmations. State what your goal is – to continue heath eating. The goal is not really to […]Read More
What do your thoughts “speak” to you about who you are? Does your inner dialogue create roadblocks for your journey? For years I had this internal voice that seemed to “disqualify” new endeavors. Graduating college, obtaining my Masters’ Degree, great job, great friends did not seem to overpower the feeling of the dark shadow in the corner waiting until I messed it all up. When I was pregnant with my son, due a whole different story for another day, we decided I would leave my job and stay at home with him. It was a great decision. Great decisions do not always follow the feeling of greatness. Emotions are not an indicator of a good plan. That dark shadow can be in the background looking to invalid even the best laid plans. What does your inner voice echo in your ear? I will never be good enough….pretty enough….fit enough…smart enough… Enough. You are ENOUGH! Has your voice prevented you from picking your ONE THING for this 30 journey? Remember it is a journey. Finding the daily changes and adjustments to make a good habit replace the unhealthy one. It is not a goal of perfection. I hope we all […]Read More
30 Days of How to Kick Unhealthy Habits to the Curb. Did you start the year with a word, a resolution, or a plan? Intentions and plans are only as good as our actions. There are so many areas I do well to keep on track. But there are some that I continue to fail. Are there areas in your life that you want to change? That you need a little reboot? January seems so long ago now. Let’s look at the next 30 days. How can we successfully put some new actions in place to get our goals back on track? Pick One thing. I have difficulties with this area. There are times when I feel like I have ten plates spinning and multiple apps and social media support groups to improve “all” my weak habits. There is strength in picking one thing. Usually it is the one thing that impacts the other areas of your life. Is it eating habits, exercise, making friendships, relationships, finances, or work that is needing a serious kick in gear? Pick one thing. Commit to changes for 30 days. I can do anything for one month. When I first went […]Read More
How Friday the 13th can start your journey to a healthier you. When I was about thirteen, my best friend and I thought it would be a great idea to watch The Shining. We loved horror movies. Usually we watched the ones so ridiculous that they were more funny than horrifying. Until we met our match. I do not totally recall the thought or approval process behind watching The Shining. All I know is even today I can vividly remember sitting in the living room of her new house (at night of course) watching this movie. It left a mark. Sometimes I feel like it is a teenage right-of-passage to make unhealthy decisions. Some pass with time and may turn in to a funny lesson-learned tale. What about when that unhealthy decision leaves a mark? When a habit is formed? When your circumstances are changed? Have you ever experienced a moment where an unhealthy decision creates a habit? Friday the 13th brings many to scary movies, watching for the unlucky circumstance, and sometimes general tomfoolery. I am all for fun. Fun today no longer includes horror movies. I like sleep too much. It is in the name of fun […]Read More
This past weekend I had the opportunity to spend some great “girl time” with a long-time friend. She is the kind of friend you can pick up and run with and not skip a beat…even after months of not seeing each other. I love her encouraging texts, thoughtful notes and voicemails in spite of our lives spinning a hundred miles an hour in different directions. She is the polar opposite of me in life, politics, and background. And yet we find encouragement and inspiration in our friendship. I heard her telling another woman this weekend that we are each other’s person. It is true. There is so much different. Yet, it is as if there is no difference. Why? Because there is only love. I heard it said once that we judge others by their actions and ourselves by our own intentions. If we did not intend to be rude then those around us should know our hearts. Know we are just having a bad day. Know that we are not meaning to be rude. However, what if someone else says something, does something, or even worse — does not say something? Then we label them mean or we are […]Read More
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