January 2012

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

“Why is our family so messed up?” The scene was our kitchen table and remnants of the battlefield that can be family dinner were scattered all around. We shared the news of a cousin who is ill with our kids and asked for their prayers. Out of the blue, Miss 9 cried out, “why is […]

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Finding Work Life Balance When the Muse Calls

A gathering of several hundred über gorgeous designers and creatives, building personal brands, running businesses and blogs – all with an eye for fashion and beauty. Yes, I’ve been at Altitude Summit in Salt Lake City, a conference for bloggers in the creative design and lifestyle sectors. All that creative energy in one room! So what are […]

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Why causes? Why compassion? Why?

On More. And No More. Is it guilt? Is it a sense of over-arching privilege that compels us to reach outside of ourselves? Is it selfish, even self-righteous and narcissistic? Or is it pure, born out of the deepest well of charity, of true compassion? We give because we feel better when we do. Because […]

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Getting Real About Women and Power

Be the kind of woman who when she wakes up and puts her feet on the floor, the devil says, “Oh crap, she’s awake.” Anonymous, quoted by Kathy LeMay This is not another “go team, rah rah rah, women can do it all” posts. I’m no academic steeped in theory and models of how power […]

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An Announcement: Million Moms Challenge Community Manager

“From the woman giving birth in a hut on a floor, to a star renting out an entire floor of a hospital, there are these universal moments that bind us together. They can be unbreakable.” Happy New Year! Mothers and supporters of Million Moms Challenge, what a ride these past few months! Welcome new and […]

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Shaping the Future of Your Family

Mothering with intention and deliberateness is embedded in the ethos of my friends April Perry and Saren Eyre Loosli. They live it and breathe it, which is why I became a Power of Moms trainer and affiliate last year. I love these women and I love what they do for mothers. For any of you […]

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Have you been grateful for an ER or easy access to a doctor for a child suddenly ill in the middle of the night?

This morning at 3am my eldest daughter came rushing into my room, screaming for help. “Can’t you hear her Mum? She’s in pain and she’s crying for you,” referring to her 7 year old sister. For the first time in my parenting life, I had not heard her. In fact, I was in the deepest sleep I […]

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Craving Balance

When I first met The Daily Thrive’s founder Lisa Gates, I discovered her term “craving balance”. That term has stuck with me ever since. It seems to capture the hunger we have, with our multi-faceted lives that can be so exciting, so challenging and so exhausting! Too much of being pulled in innumerable directions; our […]

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Mama’s Pre-K Heartache

Baby boy started pre-school today and I became a walking cliche in the process. I didn’t really flinch when my others reached their various pre-school and kindergarten firsts. In each instance, they were ready and eager (as was their Mama!). My older children also didn’t begin formal in-school programs this young. However this bright-eyed ragamuffin […]

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