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Putting Family First is Not a Professional Disadvantage

Life is not about what is simple. Life is not about what is easy. Life is instead about what happens between the simplicity, when you are tested and challenged. When you question everything you thought to be true. When you question whether or not you are worthy of the graces that surround you. I have […]

Sometimes I Run Away

When I’m stressed, I like to run away. Hours away… to the farm, the beach, the city, the mountains. Okay, I don’t actually physically run away, but mentally I am there. I will obsessively envision a new life. A “do over” in a completely different place. I start to research homes and schools and crime […]

My Letter to Oprah

After experiencing an amazing weekend at Oprah’s The Life You Want event in Washington, D.C., I felt compelled to write a letter to Oprah about what I felt was missing from the line-up of speakers. So, I did and then I put it aside and instead wrote a recap of the weekend for my blog. But, the letter was […]

My Perfectly Flawed Motherhood Simplified Interview

I recently had the honor of being interviewed by Katie O’Brien, who is an amazing life coach for moms, on her Motherhood Simplified interview series spotlighting real moms across the country. It was the first time I participated in a live interview of this kind and I was a little nervous because I wasn’t sure what she would ask. The […]

Motherhood In The Workplace: I Was Asked to Tone-Down the ‘Mommy Thing’

I will never pretend I don’t have children again. My children are everything to me and being a mother is a huge part of my identity. It has been for almost 15 years. That is except for the one year I was asked by my former boss, who also happened to be a woman, to […]

My Beautiful Gift of Sunshine

I watch her pull the cord of the blinds and look into the sunshine with a smile. Her eyes flicker and a joyful expression takes over her face. “The sun will make you feel better Mommy,” my six-year-old daughter says as she proceeds to open the blinds on the second window in my bedroom. I […]

Learning to Let Go

Sometimes being a good mom means holding back. It means not jumping (or running on the field) every time your child falls. It means teaching your child to speak up for him or herself. It means slowly trusting and learning to let go. In the beginning it’s easy (even if you don’t know it at […]

The Before School Battle Rages On

This school year I decided to get organized. Not like last year when I scrambled every morning to find socks, clothes, shoes, pack lunches, brush hair, make breakfast… oh and welcome all the daycare children to my house one at a time. Mornings were chaos and more than once there were tears and threats and […]

Connecting to My Family’s Culture Through Food

“Mommy, this was good. Thank you,” my seven-year-old son said as he got up from the table and kissed my cheek before rushing off to play with toys. I flushed with a sense of pride and surprise. It’s as if he knew exactly what I needed.  It was the perfect reward and acknowledgement of the […]

Finding Balance: Why I Dream in the First Place

I am trying to live and love in the present. For months now I have been planning and working on my future. A future for my entire family. A future with dreams fulfilled. Dreams I had once brushed aside in favor of things like paying bills, changing diapers and shuffling kids to soccer/baseball/football/lacrosse games. For many […]