How self-care makes me {and you} a better mom

Self-care is something I've been blogging about more often in recent months, not because I've arrived in this area but because it's something I'm learning about and experiencing myself. I've been writing about self-care to remind readers—and myself—of its importance and the benefits and so on—and yet it's only been in the last few weeks that I've seen…

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Building authentic friendships and community

As we head into March (and, hopefully, warmer weather!), I am so excited about our next Live course theme. This month we'll be talking about connection, friendship and community with Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom. Crystal recently moved from Kansas to Nashville, Tennessee, where she and her family dove into their new community and…

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Where intentional living and self-care intersect {and 8 books I love}

Some women struggle with believing that they should take care of themselves and some struggle with overscheduling and finding the time to make it happen (I tend to fall into the second group). What I'm realizing this year, though, is that intentional living and self-care go hand-in-hand. At it's core, living intentionally means living in a way…

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The cycle of exhaustion {and an unintentional goal review for February}

Since our trip to Snowshoe, I have been unbelievably tired. Not just tired: flat-out exhausted. Part of it is Jack's sleep (we've taken him off gluten to see if that could possibly be contributing to his sleep issues), part of it is the stomach issues our middle daughter is having, and part of it is my own…

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What are you waiting for?

For a long time, I had the terrible habit of saving the good stuff for "someday." Okay—in full disclosure—while I recognize this tendency these days, I still find myself tempted to hold onto things rather than enjoy them: A lotion or scrub that I want to save for a special treat. A journal I'm afraid to start because…

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Lessons from my personal retreat (and the words I heard over and over)

Last week, while my parents were out of town on business, I drove 5 hours to their house for a 3-day personal retreat. As I mentioned, I realized before I left that this is the first time in my entire life that I have ever been alone for that long (Sean and I both still…

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