Last year I saw a very poignant quote posted on Facebook regarding Black Friday. It said, “Because only in America, people trample others for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have.” The irony of this quote struck me. With of all the craziness we invite into our lives during the holidays, it is easy to lose site of the meaning behind the holiday we are celebrating. What’s ideally supposed to be a season of focusing on family, gratitude, giving, creating memories, and (for many families) … Continue reading Find the Joy Amidst the Chaos During the Holiday Season
The New Year…it’s that quintessential time to reflect on the past, look towards the future, and probe deep inside with a lens of self-inquiry, introspection and honesty. It’s the season to make resolutions for all the things we want to change, do better, let go of, or fix about ourselves so we can achieve a healthier state of mind, body and soul. There is only one problem with New Year’s resolutions…they usually never work! According to website Statistic Brain, 45% of people make resolutions but only 8% of people are … Continue reading Don’t Make a New Year’s Resolution!
As I sit at my kitchen table, writing this article, I look outside my window and see the most beautiful hot pink oleanders and crepe myrtle trees lining my backyard. The colors are so bright and vibrant that I can’t help but smile and feel grateful for the opportunity to look at something so beautiful every day. As I observe, with gratitude and awareness, of what is going on around me, my experience gets heightened. Ordinary moments turn into extraordinary ones because I am simply paying attention and noticing the … Continue reading Reap the Benefits of Bringing Awareness to Everyday Moments
Moms have a love–hate relationship with summer. There is less carpooling, no making of lunches (unless they have to bring a lunch to camp, of course) and no dealing with that horrible 5 o’clock witching hour of both you and your child having a meltdown over homework. (I am definitely not smarter than a 5th grader!) Summer promises long days, warm nights, popsicles, swimming, vacations, time to relax and not having to be out of the house at 8am. However, ironically, summer brings a whole new set of stresses to moms: … Continue reading The Solution to Moms’ Love-Hate Relationship with Summer
There is a great article floating around social media telling moms to get over their body issues, put their bathing suit on, and get out and play this summer with their kids. It’s a wonderful message, with all the reminders of what is really important in life – our kids, making memories and being present. However, the things that are not as important, such as our untoned bodies, cellulite and tummy rolls seem to be what rules not only our self-concept, but in choosing what activities we do, along with … Continue reading Body Image – The Practice of Accepting What Is
My 10-year-old daughter is going through the inevitable transformation to awareness that eventually, all kids undergo: the realization that the world extends much further beyond the comfort of home and that it can sometimes be a scary place. I really feel for her — with awareness comes with challenges, which now is resulting in anxiety When I was a kid, I could never sleep over a friend’s house because I got homesick; I’d call my mom at 2 a.m., and every time, she’d come and get me. What a great … Continue reading Growing Up Is So Hard!
Being a parent is a selfless act. I am going to make the assumption that most of us became parents because we wanted to. It is our choice, very well knowing that this 24/7 job comes with exponential amounts of love, though can offer very little amounts of daily return on our investment in the form of tangible evidence and validation that we are in fact succeeding. We plunge forward, do the best that we can, keep our unconditional love for our child at the forefront of our minds and … Continue reading Being a Parent is a Selfless Act
We’ve all heard the cheesy old adage “just take a minute to stop and smell the roses.” I’m really not a fan of corny phrases; they tend to get so overused that they lose their meaning, and this one is no different. However, corniness aside, this phrase actually has a lot of validity and wisdom in it. We often move through life on autopilot; we go through life so quickly that we aren’t even aware of where we are, how we got here, what our conscious thoughts were to make … Continue reading Take a Minute to Stop and Smell the Roses