Encouragement, Word of the Week


Part of getting back into my own work and not focusing entirely on parenting is building good work habits and routines. Just when I would start to find my footing this summer there would be a camp-out, or family trip, or crazy week with open houses for five kids in three different schools... But every… Continue reading Habits

2020.09 Balanced September, Encouragement, Hope Joy, Word of the Week

Word of the Week: Stability

Sometimes I think stability gets a bad rap as being boring or an enemy of progress. But it is really hard to more forward and test the limits without stability in your life. You must be able to stand firmly on two feet before you can walk, and you must be able to walk without… Continue reading Word of the Week: Stability

2020.07 Courageous July, About Me, Encouragement, Hope Joy, Recommendations


My family is freshly returned from two glorious weeks in Michigan's "better-half". It's been over a decade since I've been to the U.P. and I had not realized how much I needed to return. There is just something magical about Lake Superior that refills my soul unlike anything else (except perhaps for canoeing on the… Continue reading Confidence

2020.04 April--Gratitude, Encouragement, Hope Joy, Word of the Week

Word of the Week: Blessing

This week I want to focus on acknowledging my blessings. I'm still feeling the stress of all that is happening around us, I'm still running out of patience with some of my blessings, I'm still struggling--just like many of you are. Those are all valid things to be feeling right now, and I am someone… Continue reading Word of the Week: Blessing

2020.04 April--Gratitude, Encouragement, Hope Joy, Word of the Week

Word of the Week: Gratitude

I'm going to launch right into April this week with a month focused on being thankful. I had initially planned to do gratitude in May as a halfway point to Thanksgiving, but right now it feel like I need this particular mindfulness practice right now. My kids are starting their third week at home with… Continue reading Word of the Week: Gratitude

2020.03 March--Self Care, About Me, Encouragement, Hope Joy

Word of the Week: Be

My state will be on lock down starting at 11:00 tonight. My family hasn't left our property since Saturday a week ago anyway, with the exception of my husband who is essential personnel. He has probably one more week of working overtime and nights, so we are all really looking forward to getting him back… Continue reading Word of the Week: Be

Encouragement, Hope Joy, Word of the Week

Word of the Week: Prepare

This is not the post I was prepared to be writing this week. I was prepared to focus on celebrating my upcoming birthday, but I feel like I need a new focus now. The last few days have brought many, many, changes to all our lives. Here in Ohio schools are closed for the next… Continue reading Word of the Week: Prepare

2020.03 March--Self Care, Books, Encouragement, Hope Joy, Recommendations, Word of the Week

Word of the Week: Grow

Growth: as humans we are always changing, but are we growing, maturing, improving? That's really the goal isn't it? As I approach my birthday this year I'm trying to take some time to celebrate all the ways I have grown in the last few years despite all the setbacks my brain wants to focus on.… Continue reading Word of the Week: Grow

2020.02 February--Love, Encouragement, Hope Joy, Word of the Week

Word of the Week: Passion

I'm sorry for missing a week. Between physical health flare ups, a new diagnosis, and waiting on blood test results my depression and anxiety made a major comeback last week. The harshest thing about depression is the apathy that it fills me with. With everything else sapping away my energy and no interest in anything,… Continue reading Word of the Week: Passion