Must-be-nice-syndrome 

Must-be-nice-syndrome 

Have you ever found yourself cynical or having difficulty being encouraging to others when they tell you about their positive life experiences and self-care practices? Same. So when I experience breakthrough, joy and excitement I find myself holding back on sharing not wanting to cause anyone else to feel bad. Must-be-nice-syndrome is really a red flag signal that we are lacking in the self-care department.

How to debrief without burdening

How to debrief without burdening

Unicorns pooping slime? Why is this even a thing?! My children have been obsessed with slime. This must be a common experience because the toy industry has developed every way in which slime can be marketed. I have avoided slime in my house as much as possible, but...

Meditation 

Meditation 

Meditation. What comes to mind when you hear this word? Yoga? Buddhism? New age humanism? Or do you think of prayer? Maybe King David’s writing of the psalms and aligning with the Holy Spirit? Yeah, not many people think about that last option. It is true that...

Have you ever felt trapped in your circumstances?

Have you ever felt trapped in your circumstances?

I came to the end of myself and ended up needing to take some time off of work.  I thought this time was going to be filled with reading, organizing closets, exercising, spending quality time with my family. (sound familiar?)  But instead, during this time-off the rains came.

You want me to do what?!

You want me to do what?!

“Go for a walk… instead of working on a project that I’m weeks behind in?” Today is a beautiful Monday and I finally have a full day to catch up on a long list of to-dos. But God was drawing me to get out to exercise. I can tell you with certainty that it was God…...

I have control issues

I have control issues

On the outside, it may fool you. I’m the easy going parent. I enjoy being more spontaneous and love adventure. I’m not a clean freak and I’m okay with leaving the dishes in the sink for a day or two. But on the inside, oh man, on the inside I need to be in control of...

Setting Boundaries and saying No

Setting Boundaries and saying No

“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” was read every night as a bedtime story at our household this past week. The author, Laura Numeroff, describes how this cute boy offers a cookie to a mouse (in case you haven’t guessed by the name yet, ha!) and how the boy responds to...

Brain is Powering Down

Brain is Powering Down

Left in the car 5 miles and a boat ride away was my phone charger and there was no way I was leaving that line to go get it.   It’s not any line.   I’m standing in line for the Peter Pan ride at Disney World and I realized that I left my phone cord in the...

13 Tips for Better Sleep

13 Tips for Better Sleep

Sleep is often the first thing to suffer when stresses are mounting at home and work. The common most frequent recommendation is to develop a sleep routine. To go to bed and wake-up at roughly the same time each day. Agreed this is a key to developing, healthy sleep habits, but easier said than done. Here is a list of practical tried and true tips to help with falling asleep and getting the rest your body and mind desperately needs.

Should Statements

Should Statements

I came home from work later than expected. I was greeted with questions of “what’s for dinner?” I lost it. “You should have taken care of this!”
At the moment I didn’t have this clarity, but looking back I believe that the lie from the devil was about my value and respect. I should really stop using should statements.