High Five Reflection
Anxiety, Habits, Personal Growth

High-Five!

Give yourself a high-five. Seriously. Do it. Right now. Walk to a mirror, raise your arm, and high five your reflection. I’ll wait. Did you do it? How do you feel? Did you smile? Or giggle a little as you did it? Did you make eye contact with yourself? Did you question the purpose of… Continue reading High-Five!

Sleeping Baby
Coffee Klatsch, Parenting

Trust Your Intuition

Sleep in their own bed.On a hard surface.No pillows or blankets.On their backs.How about, I’ll take sleep when, where, and how I can get it??There are as many schools of thoughts on how to properly care for a baby as there are babies.Co-sleep. Never have a baby in your bed. Breast is best! Formula-feed so… Continue reading Trust Your Intuition

Baby in Wrap
Coffee Klatsch, Fear, Parenting, Personal Growth, Relationships

I’m not OK.

I’m not OK. I look like I’m OK. But I’m not OK. I’m struggling. My thoughts are on a constant loop. The to-do list is longer than my baby’s growing body. Seemingly pointless things, but things that nevertheless need to be done. I’ve tried meditating. I’ve tried deep breathing. I’ve tried walking. Journaling. Listening to… Continue reading I’m not OK.

Important Work Quote
Coffee Klatsch, Family, Parenting, Personal Growth

The Most Important Work

Pregnant with N nearly a decade ago, a client gave me a wooden sign with this quote. At the time, I questioned the quote. How could the most important work I do be within the walls of my own home when I had a living to make? Besides, I was a teacher – that was… Continue reading The Most Important Work

Personal Growth, Relationships

A Good Daughter …

+ helps where help is needed without complaining. + is appreciative of the shelter, food, and clothing even when it is cramped, overcooked, and out of style. + puts family first and her own needs last. + doesn't whine or draw attention to herself. + shows up even when she's ill, injured, or in need… Continue reading A Good Daughter …

Intentions
Personal Growth, Self-Care

Intentions > Resolutions

Why do I believe that intentions are greater than resolutions? Because at the start of every year, I’d have a list of resolutions. Things I was certain I would maintain all 365 days. I expected absolute perfection, as though the simple flip of the page on a calendar would suddenly cause me to become more… Continue reading Intentions > Resolutions

Coffee Klatsch, Personal Growth

How is it 2022?

Another year in the books. 2022, you say? My mind and soul are still trying to process 2020 – what proved to be my most difficult adulting year. It pushed me to my mental limits. It was so difficult that I didn’t even notice it ended. The last two years have blended into one another… Continue reading How is it 2022?

Anxiety, Fear, Personal Growth

The Negative Self-Talk Loop

The negative self-talk loop is unrelenting. Most days, I can’t catch a break. Some days, I remember to employ strategies learned in therapy to negate and disprove negative thoughts, but lately, even that has only added to the stream of negativity that flows freely through my mind. At the root of all these thoughts: I… Continue reading The Negative Self-Talk Loop

Coffee Klatsch, Parenting

First Christmas

Despite the weeks of preparation, Christmas Day is over before it really even felt like it started. As I sit cuddled on the only section of couch not cluttered with the evidence of a Christmas well-enjoyed, I have all the thoughts. All the emotions.It’s the morning after Christmas. Baby P’s first Christmas. There are stacks… Continue reading First Christmas