inspiration

An open letter to the woman who feels like there’s something missing

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Sitting here in this cafe, surrounded by groups of women who are leaning in close and confiding in each other, I’m more certain than ever that I need to write this. I hear it in the conversation that carries above the music, and I see it in the encouraging hugs of hello and goodbye; we […] Read more…

When you don’t feel good about your body: 5 things to remember

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In my work with moms and women, I’ve had countless conversations about how we often struggle with our self-image. We look in the mirror and instead of appreciating our unique qualities, the negative self-talk begins. As someone who has struggled too, I know how it is to battle these feelings, and even obsessions. But there […] Read more…

What to remember when you’re facing change (and why it’s a beautiful certainty)

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  A friend asked me recently how we did it — how we moved our two teenagers across states like that with one going into 8th grade and one going into 10th. How did we make it look so easy? she wondered. It wasn’t easy, I promised her. There were tears and unknowns and excruciating goodbyes. But […] Read more…

What will you do with your 168 hours?

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“We all have 168 hours in a week and one life to live.” I look at those words written by Jessica Turner at Ann Voskamp’s blog and I pause. 168 hours. When you say a week, it sounds like a week – routine and packed with this, that and the other thing. But when you break it […] Read more…

What’s hiding under your tent? (and the secret I kept for 33 years)

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What’s hiding under your tent? That was the question that spurred me to finally share a secret I had kept for 33 years (that I can actually laugh about now). But before I get into that, let me back up a bit. I recently read Brene Brown’s NYT Bestseller Daring Greatly in a book club with over […] Read more…

When women are brave…

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We sat there, laughing and nodding as we shared our stories and experiences around the long table. The warmth of the restaurant and evening lights matched the glow of the conversation taking place. We started out with generalities and small talk, but quickly, our voices turned to the significant and meaningful. Before dinner was even […] Read more…