Something Isn't Working

9 September 2017

I have all these things I want in my life and goals I want to achieve, but there is only so much time in the day and I don’t want to compromise on ANY of them!! I get something different from these various social, faith related, creative and health focused aspects of my life and I believe they help me life a full life.

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Learning to Rely On Me

3 September 2017

About 6 and a half years ago, my world came crashing down. My mom - my rock, my best friend, my person, my go-to for everything - died in a car accident. My dad, who just lost his soulmate, best friend and the love of his life, had to come to my house to tell me and then watch as I collapsed on my bedroom floor in a heap of tears and hysterical crying.

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Walking Each Other Home

23 June 2017

It has been a tough month for our family. On May 12 our daughter finished radiation treatment after 6 months of chemotherapy and we were ready for it to be over. I struggle to talk about anything that does not involve cancer. Maybe we’re stuck, maybe we’re tired, maybe we’re resentful that she had to go through this again. In a self-help world, it would seem easy to fix the problem. Maybe I need a gratitude journey, maybe I need to remind myself of all the good that has come from this, or maybe I need a manicure, a shopping trip, and some “me time”. The problem is when you have faced your biggest fear and waited to hear about whether the cancer has spread in your little girl, those sorts of coping mechanisms don't seem to cut it anymore.

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Are You Pouring From An Empty Cup?

9 June 2017

I speak to so many women that are day in and day out exhausted, physically and mentally. They are holding down a full-time job, looking after the kids, organizing family life, cooking dinner etc., so you can say time is not really on their side.

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Would You Choose Confidence or Courage?

7 June 2017

The characteristics of confidence and courage are often perceived to go hand-in-hand. In fact, the two are not interchangeable. To be confident is to feel certain of one’s own abilities and appearance; to be courageous is to forge ahead despite fear. It would be wonderful to possess both of these qualities, but most of us do not. If you could choose to foster either courage or confidence, which of these traits would you prefer?

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How a Babysitter Saved my sanity, our marriage, and helped me fully enjoy life

31 May 2017

Why is it so hard to ask for help sometimes? My name is Jackie and I chose to be a stay-at-home mom. I decided to make raising our children my full time job, so for some reason, in my head, I thought that meant all of it was my responsibility. What I missed realizing was that it’s okay to ask for help and not feel ashamed for doing so.

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Creating Boundaries to Maintain a Sustainable Cadence of Life

23 May 2017

Isn't the world of parenthood totally crazy?! Having children opens our eyes to so many unexpected twists and turns, a whole new set of priorities, and another human (or two or three or four..) for whom we become entirely responsible. No longer is our own agenda our only agenda.

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When You Need A New Formula

20 May 2017

I’ve been struggling with my formula for my life for the last few months to say the least. Apparently I’m not very good at adjusting it. With baby #1 it didn’t seem that hard. With baby #2, it was a lot harder. Baby #3 is not even here yet, but I’ve had an especially hard time this go-around.

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I'm Not A Perfect Mom... I Just Play One On Social Media

3 May 2017

Hands up if you're a social media junky? My hand is up, straight up and waving. I freaking love social media and all it can do for me both personally and professionally. I manage my personal page and four business pages. I use Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, TripAdvisor and Google Plus. So, yup, I totally have a problem, but that's an entirely other post.

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