Category: lessons

Lessons from Little Women

Last summer, Madilynn started ballet lessons through Christ in the Arts. Besides giving her more physical activity and developing her talents, this also means three hours in the car every week. I decided we should make good use of that time so we started listening to books. We started...

The truth about Self-Care

Have you heard the expression, "don't pour from an empty cup?" I decided to delve deeper into the phrase and learned a few things about what self-care is and more importantly what it is NOT. ...

Through the Looking Glass

Unloading for one of the few events not canceled last fall, I dropped my display mirror. I had a moment of frustration at myself, a moment of sadness because I didn’t have a backup, and finally, grace and laughter. However, I kept the mirror long enough to take some...

Year in Review: 2020

In 2020, we faced challenges unlike other years. In our family and community, we learned to do things differently (sometimes in silly ways). In February, before the world lost its mind, my sister and nephew came for my birthday. I haven’t seen them in person since, because Seattle is...

The Power of Wind

Having a tribe that encourages you and believes in you makes all the difference. I found such blessings in Sherril and Christy. Together, we set out to encourage and build other women. We have plenty of fun in the process. We ended the year by watching Wonder Woman 1984...

Waiting on Perfect

When I graduate… When I get married… When I have kids… After the kids grow up… If you keep waiting for the “perfect time,” you will miss all life has to offer. The truth: All we have is right now, making NOW the perfect time.  A wise muppet once...

Good, Better, Best

The people with whom we surround ourselves influence HOW we overcome, or if we choose to do so at all....

Can’t never Could

One of my greatest joys as a mom is watching my children try something new and go “all in.” Certain words are banned in our home, such as, “I can’t” or “it’s too hard.” I challenge them to say things like “This is hard, but I will keep working...

Mindset Management

Though the first day of the week is Sunday, many people “start” the week with Monday. Monday is the first day of the school/work week for most people. For me, Monday is the day I set my goals for the week, including household tasks, menu, and business activities. While...

Book Review: Inspired Mama

This summer, I received an email about reviewing a new book. The person mentioned seeing my review of No More Perfect Moms and thought I might like Inspired Mama by Sez Kristiansen. When I read the description, I agreed. I intentionally only read the description, not additional reviews or...