What I would tell my younger self

What I would tell my younger self

This little plate is a memento from an event I attended a few weeks ago. Guests were asked to select one of the many burlap sacks hanging on an intention tree -- we picked the one we were most drawn to. Each hidden plate contained a different message. Mine could not be more fitting.

The words LIVE WELL are at the top of my mind as I celebrate my 40th birthday this month.

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Surviving the holidays

Surviving the holidays

For children, or the child within you, the holiday season can truly feel like the most wonderful time of the year.

As an adult and a parent, this is not always the case. The most wonderful time often transforms into the most stressful. The strain of never-ending social, family and financial obligations, and those tempting, not-so-healthy foods that are always right under your nose are a few stressors that can leave you feeling stressed, sick, unhappy and exhausted.

There is a solution; it does not have to play out this way each year. Taking good care of yourself does not have to wait until the New Year.

Here are some simple suggestions to help you get through the season more relaxed and with peace of mind.

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Letting Go

Letting Go

As I write this, my very first blog post for calmmother.com, my laundry room is in a state of chaos. Water is leaking from its very recently (this morning) flooded floors into my downstairs family room. 

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A new approach to change in the New Year

A new approach to change in the New Year

New Year's resolutions have never been my thing. The pressure we put on ourselves to commit to change at the beginning of each year can be exhausting! And putting extra weight on our shoulders seems completely at odds with the whole idea of starting fresh especially after a busy holiday season.
 
In my search for an alternative to New Year's resolutions, I've had the pleasure of meeting business and life coach Jackie Dumaine. Jackie's straightforward approach to welcoming the New Year encourages people to transition toward living more satisfying lives. She suggests that autumn is a great season to start thinking about making changes for the upcoming year but you can start at any time.

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