Choose JOY

JOY

I feel like we’ve had this New Year’s haze in the air. Everyone is happy with the expectation of newness. I know I was part of the “Looking Forward to 2016!” crowd last month. However, with only a few days into the new year, things are just as busy and full as they were at the end of last year. I have been slammed with unexpected challenges that have tried to knock me off of the “New Year, New Things” happy vibes. It was in the midst of this that I realized it’s about the choices I made and what … [Read more...]

How to Practice Self-Compassion – #1000Speak

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Today I’m honored to join bloggers all over the world in raising their voices for compassion today. I jumped right into it because I think the world needs a little more compassion or as I like to think of it grace for each other. Being totally honest, I am not always the most compassionate person. I think I am but I don’t extend it equally and I sometimes forget this compassion when it comes to those who I perceived who have wronged me in some way. I know that usually something that happens … [Read more...]

My Top 5 Takeaways From #BlogHer14

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I came back from BlogHer tired and refreshed at the same time. At the end of Saturday night when we walked at home, my new blogging BFF asked me what the best takeaway was and I told her meeting you. And she totally called me out for being so sappy. It sounds just as silly now when I typed it out but here are my serious five best takeaways. A cross-country flight with two young children was worth 90 minutes of seeing my girls.  I wrote this post earlier and I got to see most of my girls. Plus … [Read more...]

#100HappyDays & 50 Things That Make ME Happy

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  If you haven’t heard of it, there’s a challenge that asks people to share a picture of what makes them happy for 100 days. You can officially register on the website and they track your progress. They do ask that you use a hashtag for tracking. The official one is #100HappyDays but you can even create your own if you want to limit the public sharing of your pictures. The full details are here at 100HappyDays.com. I accepted the challenge but now my phone is broke, so I’m a little … [Read more...]

Mommy to Two Young Children – Mommy and Me Monday

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This week I was working on my bio for a project and trying to merge a personal one with a professional one. It was a little bit of a challenge because I try to keep things professional and separate. "Mommy to two young children" doesn't exactly scream PROFESSIONAL! But for this project, being a mommy was only an asset. It was an asset because it gave me a unique point of view that I'm sure not many other people can mimic. In honor of that challenge, I decided that I'd participate in my friend … [Read more...]

So how was your holiday????

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This is such a loaded question for me. The standard answer is “Oh, it was nice. I spent time with my family and we just rested up.” It just speaks to the love and peace and joy of the season. And those years when you weren't responsible for creating the joy of the season for your family...See below. The real answer is it was nice and I did spend time with my family. I had to because we were exhausted from the first half of December. Just as a recap, The baby and I traveled to the White House in … [Read more...]