It’s late January and I’m just now getting around to my New Year post!
In 2016, my goal was to Be Bolder! Throughout the year, when faced with the opportunity to speak up for myself or others, I reminded myself that “This is my year of being bolder!” The experiences were good for me and my personal growth. I found that, lo and behold, speaking up was welcomed by those around me!
As 2017 is upon me, I’m reminded not to take a single day – or a single moment – for granted. Each and every day, I want to Live Life, and live in a way that is peaceful and gentle and compassionate and positive. Here, I present My Manifesto.
She’s here! She’s really here!!
The time has come for me to announce the birth of a new baby!
Yes, she’s a baby book and, like all new moms, I’m over the moon in love with her. While she’s not my first baby book, and she’s in fact not actually mine, she is just as special and as precious to me as all of my baby books.
I recently had the pleasure of being a guest on Mike’s Open Journal Podcast (@Open_Journal_ ). This podcast is hosted by Mike Douglas (@Mike_Douglas_) where he talks about Mental Health. We had a delightful time discussing mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, among other positive mental health ideas.
Please enjoy the episode on acast or on iTunes (episode 19).
Thanks for taking the time to listen!
And thank you, Mike, for all that you do to bring awareness to the mental health community. Keep doing what you’re doing. You matter. You make a difference. And you are making the world a better place.
I’m writing again after an over-three-year hiatus.
I began blogging a few years ago as a form of self-expression. I enjoyed looking at events from my everyday life and turning them into poetic, meaningful events.
Eventually, blogging became a form of therapy for me. I wrote to crowd out the negative thoughts, to give my mind something to positive to focus on. While it worked for the most part, over time, I found myself moving past the point of moderation. Writing became an obsession for me. Given my history with depression, I was afraid that if I didn’t write – if I didn’t have this singular focus on positivity – that I’d take a nosedive. I’d go down that treacherous path once again.
I’ve been married to the love of my life for 13 years.
While many would find 13 to be an unlucky number, I consider 13 to have special meaning. Proud to be a part of the Happy Wives Club first ever link up party, I’m listing 13 Reasons Why I Love My Husband.
13 Reasons Why I Love My Husband
- He loves me with all his heart.
- He’s the most fun travel companion.
- He smiles and laughs easily.
- He can fix anything: a leaky faucet, a broken toy, my sad moods.
Blessings, these divine gifts from above, can become interwoven into each and every day … if we allow them. By recognizing and being grateful for the blessings which we’ve been given, we open our hearts and minds to see the abundance of blessings waiting just for us.
While it’s easy to consider so-called positives in our lives “blessings,” we can equally consider trials and adversities to be blessings. James 1:2-4, one of my very favorites, speaks to this: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
“If we try to pour from an empty pitcher, everyone ends up thirsty!”
Recently, Angie Mozilo (@azmomofmanyhats on twitter and AZ Mom of Many Hats on Facebook) and I discussed this idea, as well as my book Live Inspired, on her Mom of Many Hats Radio Show.
You can click here to download our show on iTunes.
As Angie says,
Mom of Many Hats Radio is a place for moms to hear a loud and resounding “MOMS ARE IMPORTANT!” It is also a place for women who wear the mom badge to have a community that truly believes that they have value beyond simply the day to day tasks of “mommyhood.”
Love, Patience, and Faith can soften hardened hearts; heal tender wounds; restore broken spirits. These beautiful attributes not only nourish our souls, they turn the impossible into the possible; the undiscoverable into the discoverable; the unbelievable into the believable. Oh, how our spirits need the presence of Love, Patience, and Faith.
When I came across this behind-the-scenes video of Natalie Merchant sharing the meaning of her song “Wonder,” I sat silently, tears flooding my eyes, goose bumps covering my arms. Over the past few weeks, I have revisited this video and this song many times, contemplating the restorative power of Love, Patience, and Faith in my life.
“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”
When I am centered, grounded, and am at peace, each day becomes an adventure. I take what life gives me and I’m able to roll with it. With my calm mind, I’m able to think through tasks better; I don’t take others’ actions personally; I easily see the blessings in each moment. To be at peace is a beautiful feeling. Some days, I feel peaceful. On other days, when my heart feels troubled, simply Imagining Peace allows me to feel better.