Life After Divorce: How to Trust Again

Divorce sucks.

No matter which side of the table you’re sitting on, getting over a divorce is not exactly a day at the beach.  But, with time, the crappy stuff starts to subside and the gold nuggets begin to emerge.

Navigating divorce is very much like peeling an onion: there are a lot of layers that have to come off to get to the good stuff (ok, so the center of an onion isn't any different than the exterior layers, but just go with here, okay?).  As the outer layers slough off, the inevitable tears make it harder to see what's happening.  But, you eventually get there, the tears subside, and things start to look (and smell!) a lot better.

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Benefits of Unconditionally Accepting Yourself

Close your eyes and think about yourself for just a moment…head to toe, inside and out.

Do you accept yourself 100% as you are right now?

Or, do you feel you’d accept and love yourself more if you could justttt….lose those last 5 pounds, say ‘no’ more often, be a better wife/mom/daughter/friend/boss/employee/etc.?

It's typical for women to be hard on themselves and be their own worst critic.  But, the result of that overly harsh inner monologue is that those thoughts impact your sense of self-worth.

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Don’t Fear Your 40s: Why this is the decade you’ll love

Most people under the age of 30 see 40+ as ‘old.’  

Despite the fact that everyone, if they’re lucky, gets old (because let’s be honest, it certainly beats the alternative!), it’s something modern society tells us we should fear because getting older is akin to becoming irrelevant (which is so NOT true!).  

The years leading up to the big 4-0 can be quite the mental rollercoaster.  It’s a mix of trying to accept it but resisting it and fighting it with every turn.

But, let me speak from personal experience here:  40 isn’t what it used to be!

No longer does being in your 40s automatically make you dumpy, frumpy, and behind-the-times.

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Find Yourself to Find Your Purpose

Fact…most people are living a life of other people’s expectations, and they don’t even realize it. 

Do you ever feel like there must be more to life?  You get up each day and, like Groundhog Day, you go through the same motions, the same steps, the same obstacles as the previous day (and the last week and the last month!).  

Do you live for the weekends because that’s when you can be the ‘real’ you?  

Do you feel like you wear a mask more days than not, just to fit in with the world around you?

If any of this sounds familiar, you might be living a life of someone else’s expectations instead of your own!

Scary, right?

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7 Ways to Love Yourself (Flaws and All!)

You’re not perfect.  

I’m not trying to be mean, so please don’t take any offense!  Just stating something that I bet you already know.  In fact, I’d wager you could bend my ear on how you’re not perfect for the better part of an hour (or more!).

But, here’s the thing - if you and I were chatting over cups of coffee in a cozy little cafe, and you went on and on about your flaws, I doubt I’d notice any of them.  I’d sit there and wonder how you could possibly see yourself in that light since none of what you were describing was apparent to me, or anyone else.

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Be 100% You {it's so much better!}

Remember being a teenager when everyone was desperately trying to be ‘normal’?  Everybody wore the same brands, the same hairstyles, the same shoes, etc. etc. etc.

We wanted to fit in and feel like everyone else.  We also didn’t want to make ourselves a target for ridicule by standing out!  

As we move into adulthood, we sometimes drop a little of that and begin to step into our own individuality, but not by a lot.  We still strive to hide our quirks so we blend in with everyone else.

We want to be ‘normal’.

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Facing Fears and Kicking Booty

If you were guaranteed success, what dream would you chase?

Would it be to…

  • Quit your soul-sucking job and change directions to a new career that would finally light you up?

  • Write the book that’s been writing itself in your mind for what feels like forever?

  • Put yourself back out there and finally search for the love you crave?

  • Go on that trip you’ve been Pinning for years and enjoy a much-deserved break?

Everyone has dreams.  

Some dreams are big, some are small, and others are somewhere in the middle.  Some dreams feel achievable and others feel so far out of reach, they might as well be stars in the night-sky.

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Taking Action is the Secret Sauce to Changing Your Life

For many, taking action is a hard step.

What if I fail?  What if I don’t like it?  What if, what if, what if….

But, here’s another thought:  What if you love it?  What if it leads you to something even better?

Taking action is the secret sauce to getting the life you love.  You can’t just say you want something different, or that things need to change unless you’re ready to back it up with action.

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Your Permission Slip: Make Yourself a Priority

I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that you’re exhausted, stressed out, and feeling pulled from all angles.

Maybe it’s your partner, kids, dog, and a crazy schedule that have you running around in circles.  Or, perhaps it’s a demanding boss and high-stress job that needs your constant attention.

Whatever it is, you’re stretched thin, and you’re ready to snap.  

Sound familiar?

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Stuck in a Rut? Time to Shake Things Up and Start Living Life!’s a series of responsibilities, tasks, and routines that leave you feeling like you’re caught on a hamster wheel and can’t get off.  

Every day is the same thing - get up, rush around to get ready for the day, race to work, work, race home (while perhaps picking up the kids, grabbing groceries, etc.), make dinner, clean up the house/put the kids to bed/etc., and finally falling into bed exhausted.  The next day, you guessed it...the same damn thing!

What happened to the woman that you used to be?  Who had it all figured out, who didn’t succumb to a boring routine because she just did what she wanted to do?

What happened to her???

She grew up and became an adult...

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