You’ve had a long day at work, caring for your kids, or however you spend your busy days. You’ve eaten dinner, finally get everyone in bed, and settle in for your favorite Netflix show and a moment of peace, when a little voice emerges from the hall calling your name in distress. Maybe instead you have a child that tricks you into thinking you’re home free, then sneaks into your bed in the middle of the night. Kids having trouble sleeping is an all too common occurrence that can be very stressful for both the child and their parents. [Continue Reading…]
We all do it. We watch other women at the grocery store, at the gym, at church. We scan their bodies, we criticize their clothing, we pick apart their make up. Why do we do this? Are we really this critical? Are we really this mean?
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but life does not get easier. Trials will still be thrown our way, bad things happen to good people, and the unexpected doesn’t stop happening. More than a few individuals have asked me, “I’ve gone through so much, when will it be my turn for a break and for life to just be easy for once?” These people are most often waiting for some sort of external force to cause them to have an easier life.[Continue Reading…]
I’m lying in bed and need to “settle down” so, by habit, I pick up my phone and open Instagram. I begin to mindlessly scroll through my feed, “liking” almost every photo and post that I scroll past. Sometimes I pause to comment on a photo, either offering sympathy or LOLing or relating. I pass by a video montage of a girl I taught in church getting married and I cry a little out of happiness. [Continue Reading…]
Is it just me, or are we hearing and reading about suicide more these days? In recent weeks there has been a lot of news coverage of prominent individuals committing suicide, and most reports indicate that suicide rates are indeed rising in the United States. We need look no further than the Netflix series 13 Reasons to see that our society is intersecting with suicide more and more.
I’ve been having an experience lately where I feel that I am second guessed more often than usual. For example, if I’m asked a question, after I give my answer I will often hear a response like, “really?” or someone offering a correction to my response, as if I got it wrong. And for the last several months, as I’ve been tuned into this experience, I have noticed a strong reaction in myself. “Yes, really!” Or as Stanley from The Office might say, “Did I stutter?!” [Continue Reading…]
Dating can often feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! Below are a few tips to make it less so. [Continue Reading…]
I’m a big fan of tidying and getting rid of stuff I don’t use. A couple of years ago I used the KonMari Method to fully declutter my home and life, and it felt amazing! Maria Kondo developed this method and she teaches a process of decluttering according to categories of things, rather than doing a whole room at a time. This was such a helpful way to stay on track with my goals and not get derailed or distracted. Another important thing that she teaches is how to let go of things that you don’t necessarily need or like, but that you hang on to out of obligation or guilt. I didn’t know this was something I did, but I did and it was such a relief to let those things go. [Continue Reading…]