Listen to Loving Thoughts

It’s so important that we’re gentle with ourselves. When it comes to feeling good, it’s all in your head – literally. That’s why my S.M.I.L.E. acronym for emotional wellness includes Listen To Loving Thoughts. What we think matters more than we believe. I usually LOVE to cheer people on, whether in an audience or standing…

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Make Magic Moments

The second part of S.M.I.L.E. is Make Magic Moments. What is a Magic Moment? It’s when your worries are distant and light illuminates all the shadows in your mind. It’s a moment when your pain is lifted and faraway, like a cloud in the sky. The pain doesn’t necessarily disappear, but it’s momentarily out of…

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Nothing Scary Here! Just love.

A few months ago I would have picked this apart. “You didn’t capitalize the first letter.” “You capitalized a letter in the middle of the sentence.” “Don’t just use a period. Use something else to end the sentence.” I’m kinda cringing thinking about it, but I’m learning to forgive my weaknesses too. Today I’m grateful,…

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Being Real about Insecurities in Motherhood

I completely lost it today. In a moment of stressful madness as we were running late, dealing with miscommunication, and some unexpected chaos, I hurried kids out the door. The first kid sprinted out the front screen door and the second trailed close behind, running right into the slamming screen door. Smack! Shock. Cut cheek.…

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Miracle Music

Miracles. Happen. Every. Day. I was dealing with some major PTSD triggers at the pool last weekend. I wanted to go hide in the corner and cry. I thought about letting the kids play on their own while I watched from the side. I even considered just having us all pack up and head home…

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Cupcakes & Pornography: An Object Lesson on the Sweet & Bitter Things in Life

I haven’t been blogging much because I’ve been devoting my time to three self-help books I’m working on.  I’ve finished one and have two more to go!  Too many times I’ve had friends reach out to me, saying they’re struggling with depression, anxiety, or their physical health, and I’ve been frustrated that I didn’t have…

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Pennies of Parenthood: The Investment of Connections

A little while ago I was finding myself exhausted and disappointed at the end of each day.  It was really discouraging. I could think about all this “stuff” I got done, but I wasn’t feeling fulfilled.  I was feeling worked to the bone, but no satisfaction from it.  That’s when I realized it was because…

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You Matter More Than The Stars

Homeschooling.  I never thought I would do it, and sometimes it is more stressful than I could of imagined.  But there are moments, like today, that are so tender and unique that remind me how grateful I am I get to teach my children at home. We were discussing the stars using this cool, flashlight…

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Whatever You Do, You Matter Most

I only want the best in lifeI’ll gladly let the rest pass byIt’s not a matter of the priceI just want what matters mostI’ll count each freckle on your faceBefore I count dollars or laceyDresses, those can be replacedI just want matters most Because you can’t take it with youOh, no there will be no…

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When Mom Melts Down She Asks for Mom

I could hardly see through my tears.  Since 10 o’clock the night before I had been trying to swing out of this darkness, but now it was 10 o’clock in the morning.  I couldn’t stay in bed forever.  The kids were going to need me.  I couldn’t keep calling and texting my husband.  He couldn’t…

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