I often find myself perpetually in “edit” mode. Everything I do, everything I have, everything I am can always be improved. Got an A? I’ll go for an A+. Finished a race? I’ll work on doing it faster. Think you’ve got a room decorated? Better make it look nicer. There’s nothing wrong with making something better—that’s how great things are created. The trouble comes when things are … [Read more...] about Am I Seeking Improvement or Perfection?
This year, my go-to form of self-care has been reading. I have loved reading for as long as I can remember, but it always seems to be the thing that I “don’t have time” to do. No matter the season, I’ve found a way to talk myself out of reading for enjoyment. In college, I needed to read things for class first. When I was teaching, I needed to read something I could potentially use … [Read more...] about 4 Books that Gave Me Some Self-Care
I am a creature of routine. Sometimes to a fault, but I try to use it for good. So, I thought I would capitalize on my routine-mindset to start a little one on this blog, which I’m calling the Wednesday Words of Encouragement. Each Wednesday, I’ll share a little mantra and pep talk for the moms out there who are facing challenges, no matter what they are. I hope this brings some brightness … [Read more...] about I Can Be the Mom I Want to Be
I rolled over in bed, surprised Danny wasn’t up yet. It had to be getting close to dawn. Nope...1:37 am. And I was wide awake. Being the worrywart that I am, a middle-of-the-night wake up like this would typically be tied to a thought that was replaying over and over in my head that I just needed to let slide. This time, surprisingly, I couldn’t pinpoint a … [Read more...] about The Hardest Thing About Self-Care isn’t Finding Time
I was fortunate to attend an event this weekend for moms of children with hearing loss. I wanted to go because I feel like I have been so immersed in the heart mom aspect of things, but, the older Evan gets, the more it’s clear that being a hearing loss mom is just as important. So, this overnight retreat was a great way to immerse myself in deaf/hard of hearing parent culture for a bit. I’m so … [Read more...] about What Happens When Moms Get Together
As I know many do, I struggle with feeling like “enough.” I often tell myself it is a healthy side-effect of my penchant for self-improvement. In reality, though, I know it’s rooted in a feeling of inadequacy. Recently, I took to Instagram with a little philosophy on my love for editing, and its dark side: Nothing ever feels like it’s enough. At its core, this feeling can be traced … [Read more...] about What I’m Really Doing When I Think I’m Not “Enough”