I Want to Be Brave

While peace and calm is a wonderful goal, there are times when I need to kick myself out of the comfortable in order to do something brave.

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Me, at the top of Eagle Rock at Lake Tahoe.

Most of the things I write about here on this blog and that I’m trying to do in my life are carefully selected to reduce anxiety and promote peace. Less heavy and more light. And that’s a good thing. That’s definitely something I need in my life. Continue reading “I Want to Be Brave”

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Breathe

I made it through another January! And I’m taking a deep breath…

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I do a lot of breathing. Not surprising, since I am alive and breathing is an involuntary action which is controlled subconsciously by the respiratory center at the base of the brain. And that’s as scientific as I’m gonna get here. Continue reading “Breathe”

Good Night, Sleep Light

I’ll admit, one of my favorite moments of the day is when I get to crawl into bed at night!

At the end of the day, when I curl up under my warm comforter and rest my tired body and turn off my overworked mind, it’s a moment of bliss. Well, it is if I can get my body and mind to be calm. I used to (and occasionally still do) have nights when I would climb into bed and my body was still tight and tense and my brain was still spinning in a million different directions. I realized that I was going to have to do a few things before pulling that comforter over my head if I was actually going to be able to fall asleep… and sleep well. Continue reading “Good Night, Sleep Light”

Instead of #momfail

Every time I see the hashtag #momfail on a social media site, my heart hurts. Can we change it, please?

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Yes, I’m tenderhearted. I do not like to see anyone “fail” or publicly beat themself up about it. And it’s all over the place! #momfail! It’s usually captioning a photo of a toddler with pink permanent marker covering half of his body. Or a post stating that the 4th grader has been forgotten at school for the 3rd time. Or even just a photo of a family room that looks like the aftermath of category 4 hurricane.

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Remember Your Why

My favorite question is, “Why?” I guess I have that in common with every 3 year old. But it’s one of the most illuminating questions I know. And once again, it has shed light on something important in my life. 

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It was 7:30 at night and I had worked my way down a whole list of to-dos that day. I was in my car, running three more errands before I called it quits for the night. But rather than feeling pleasantly accomplished I was feeling rather unimpressed with myself.

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Seasons

The seasons come and go, as we turn round and round on this beautiful planet of ours. Lots of things come and go and I’m thoughtful today of both the weight and the lightness of change.

I may have been quiet on my blog this summer, but summer was not a quiet season. The very reason that I decided to take a break from blogging was because I wanted to be deliberate with the time I was spending with the 4 year olds. Not to mention, it takes a ridiculous amount of mental and physical energy to be with them for 12 waking hours a day and I knew I wasn’t going to have much left over for anything else.

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Bringing Back the Block Party

I grew up on a cul-de-sac. There were 10 houses and more kids than you could shake a stick at. And there was plenty of stick-shaking! In many ways it was an idyllic neighborhood to grow up in. That street is filled with so many wonderful memories. One of the brightest was the annual block party.

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I don’t know exactly what year it started. All I know was I was knee-high to a grasshopper when I remember the first one. But somehow, a tradition was started where every year on the 4th of July, all the neighbors on our cul-de-sac came out to the middle of the street and had a grand ol’ block party.

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Summer Light

You know how I love light. I’ve been pretty brazen in my adoration. So, it goes without saying that I would love celebrating the longest day of the year!

Ah, Summer Solstice! You certainly vie for the top spot on my list of favorite days. Here in Northern California you offer me nearly 15 hours of sunlight! Marvelous.

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Lighten Up for Spring – The Playroom

I realize that not everyone has a playroom. Although, it could be argued that maybe everyone should, regardless of whether or not you have children. Either way, our playroom needed some lightening up!

Lighten Up for Spring - The Playroom

When we were looking to buy a home, one of my must-have items was a room we could use as a playroom. I’m a big supporter of keeping the bedrooms calm and quiet and mostly for sleep. So that meant I needed to have the boys’ toys live somewhere else.

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