Why Saying I Love You Can’t Wait One More Minute

There are four words I’ve dreaded saying for months.

Four words I’ve avoided saying or writing about publicly.

Four words I’ve known would be inevitable.

Those four words?

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Why I Assume You All Have Good Intentions

Woman with chin in handsYears ago I was previewing a training video for work, what the video was about, I can’t begin to tell you, but there was one line that struck me:

“…always assume the best of intentions.”

And that advice has stuck with me ever since. Continue reading “Why I Assume You All Have Good Intentions”

Self Forgiveness – A Must For Mommas

Woman sitting by water reflecting about forgiveness“If only I….”
“I should have….”
“Why didn’t I….”

Sound familiar?

Of course it does. It seems to be the way we work, wishing we had done things differently.

Better.

And then we replay it over and over and over again. Beating ourselves up each and every time.

Why? Why are we so hard on ourselves? Is self-forgiveness really so damn hard? Continue reading “Self Forgiveness – A Must For Mommas”

Life Lessons Learned From The Death Of Our Dog

Bog hugging dogOur beloved dog died this morning while I was at work. It wasn’t unexpected, Dakota was 14 and had been sick for a while. Still a sad day in our house, especially for #3.

Despite the sadness, there is a silver lining…the death of the dog has provided some valuable life lessons for my kiddo.

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Why This Momma Has Stopped Giving Gifts (Almost)

I’m done giving gifts. Well, kind of. I should clarify, I’m done giving stuff as gifts.

This new strategy started with my Mom and Dad. I love my parents more than anything. But, there are things about them that make me crazy (and I’m sure that one works both ways!) One of those things? Their tendency to keep anything and everything under the sun. I love, love, love that they recycle, that they reuse, but there are things that just aren’t recyclable! And they have tons of it…

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Why I’m Saying Yes To Sleepovers This Summer!

feet sticking out from coversSleepovers, one word that elicits that look from moms of all walks of life. That look of dread, that look of defeat, that look of annoyance, that look of horror. One word that makes Moms from all walks of life cringe. Why are sleepovers are among the most hated rites of passage during childhood?

The Big Ask

It starts with the ask. You always know it’s coming, you can feel it. It’s preceded by lots of giggling, a few conspiratorial glances your way, some whispering, a few more glances your direction before it comes, “Mom, can we have a sleepover?”

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When Being A Supermom Makes You Feel Alone

Picture of lonely woman on a swing with empty swing next to her.

Last night I was inside, by myself, cleaning up the kitchen after a long day of work, the rest of my family was outside enjoying a beautiful summer evening. And that’s when it struck – that alone feeling.

Can I just have one minute ALONE?

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve yearned for just a few minutes to myself. My normal day starts with the kids, ends with the kids with the middle full of managing people, projects and problems all day. (Funny, that sounds oddly like kid stuff!)

Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids and the chaos they bring, and I love my job and the chaos it brings, but they are both full time jobs! Exhausting, full time jobs.

Is it any surprise that occasionally, I just want five minutes to myself? Is that too much to ask?!?!? Continue reading “When Being A Supermom Makes You Feel Alone”

A Full Time Job That Truly Never Ends

Stressed out mom with full time job putting her hands on her forehead.

They say being a mom is a full time job.

Bullshit.

A full time job comes with lunch breaks,  compensation, vacation pay and a 40-ish hour work week.

This Mom thing? It’s not a full time job – it’s a 24/7 job. A life-sucking 24/7 job. Truly, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year…366 if you’re lucky and it’s leap year. Come rain or shine, sickness or health, good times or bad, Continue reading “A Full Time Job That Truly Never Ends”