I grew up in the Midwest. We had all 4 seasons. Summer is my favorite, if I’m being real. However, there’s positive traits and special moments in every season. I feel like the summer positives are obvious – sunshine, beach parties, flip flops. Springtime brings a wonderful sense of renewal as if the earth has just woken up from hibernation. Fall brings beautiful colors and those wonderful days where it’s cold enough for a hoodie but warm enough to skip the jacket. Then, there’s winter. Winter is most magical the first few times it snows. The blanket of white covering everything and bedazzling the leafless trees is my favorite part of snow. The only problem I have with winter is that it seems to last way too long. It’s too cold to do a lot outside and, especially where we live, it gets windy sometimes and cold + wind is just the worst combination. Continue reading “10 Winter Friendly Family Activities”
Every single one of us have things that we have a hard time letting go. We have heartbreaks, betrayal, insecurities, and fears. Sometimes we can let things roll off our back. Other times, we have a harder time letting things go, especially when you had it planned all out in your head and it didn’t go that way at all. We get resentful when our spouse isn’t helping around the house or seems blind to the clutter in the living room. We feel hurt when our friends go out and forget to invite us. We have guilt when we are asked to do something and have to refuse because we are too tired, double-booked ourselves, or we feel we’ve disappointed someone. Continue reading “5 Tips To Help You Let Things Go”
When your couple becomes a trio for the first time, things change quickly. Routines change. Your surroundings change. Your schedules change. Suddenly, one parent is thrust into a role that they didn’t realize came with that tiny, adorable human being. This role is deemed “family manager”. Somebody has to keep all your ducklings in a row. Someone needs to make sure each family member’s needs are met, appointments get scheduled, the household continues to run, and the baby stays alive. In my home, I’ve assumed this role. I think this role is often taken on by whomever is more instinctively inclined to take it on. Our brains are just better wired to worry about all of these things and see the bigger picture, while our partners are more inclined to focus on one thing at a time. Even if your partner is incredibly helpful, there’s still one of you that generally keeps the train moving. Continue reading “How To Be A Leader In Your Family”
Planning out your days is the best way to get the most out of it. If you are reaching for a goal, or just have lots to knock off your to-do list, planning can help you work most effectively. It’s easy to tell you to plan out your day, but how should you start? What do you need to consider? There are several things to consider as you plan your days to help you work most effectively. I’ll do a quick outline of the top 5 things to consider when you’re planning how to use your day.
I’m going to be real with you right now, it’s been a long week. I had to survive on 4 hours of sleep two nights in a row and boy did that just mess with me. I had to work late one night to train a new employee. Then, I was up late the next night doing preparations for Thanksgiving. Additionally, our washer suddenly became non-responsive and needs a new switchboard or control panel or something like that. But, it isn’t a part that you can just replace. Oh no. They don’t make them anymore. So you have to send it in and wait 8-10 days for them to fix it. To top it all off, my check engine light has been on in my car and despite two trips to the mechanic, it’s still on. Uff-dah! Continue reading “How to Maintain a Positive Outlook”
We all have goals, don’t we? Whether it’s to become the senior executive at our corporation or to build a following of our parenting blog, our goals can seem difficult to reach. When we look at our lofty goals like this, we don’t know where to start or what the journey will look like. We feel overwhelmed by our dreams and limited by our beliefs of our ability to achieve them. Additionally, if we are surrounded with people content in their current situation without goals for improvement, it’s hard to find the motivation to keep working towards our own. Continue reading “10 Ways to Build Momentum In Your Life”