As a little girl I always envisioned a fairy tale love story. You know, where Prince Charming comes to the Princess’s rescue, a white dress and a happily ever after. But what those fairy tales don’t tell you is that marriage isn’t always a stroll through the meadow with whimsical creatures, full of sunshine and songs. Your Prince Charming is HUMAN with flaws (like never turning their socks the right side out before throwing them in the dirty clothes hamper). After 12 years of marriage, here is the one piece of relationship advice I am going to give you for a strong marriage.
I will be the first to admit that I have never been great at praying. It seems really odd to say, I mean how can someone not be good at expressing their feelings to the Father in heaven. Although, If I had to guess, I am not the only one that struggles with their prayer life. I was never taught “how to pray” outside of just being told that praying is just a conversation you have with God. OK. I get that in essence that is what praying is. However, just like my best friend I am sure God doesn’t want to hear the same thing over and over (at least that is what I tell myself). I was starting to feel like a broken record so I just didn’t pray very often. Then one evening I learned a different approach to praying that has grown my prayer life, overnight, effortlessly. It has brought me closer to God and I look forward to my quiet time when I can sit down and speak straight to Him.
This is the time of the year when EVERYONE is making New Year's Resolutions and setting goals for the new year. It seems like the first few weeks of the year people do great at goal setting and even keeping to their goals. Then somewhere along the line they seem to fall off the New Year’s Resolution band wagon and never get back on. Why do you think this is? Honestly, most people’s goal setting process isn’t setting them up for success it is setting them up for failure. Does this hit too close to home? Are you thinking about your last year’s goals and how you didn’t knock even one off the list. This year is going to be different! This year you are going to ROCK your New Year’s Resolutions and I am going to tell you how!
So you have heard about essential oils, they seem to be the all new "rave" among your friends. But you really have no idea what they are or the slightest idea about why you would possibly need these in your life. Or, maybe you are ready to learn and are eager to get oils in your home right now! There is even a good chance that you have NEVER heard about essential oils. Well, I am here to tell you a little about my story with essential oils, how you can learn more and how to get started.
Hey Mama! I see you today. I see you struggling. I see you trying to juggle the craziness of motherhood, always being pulled in multiple directions. Trying to hold it all together but feel like you are failing daily. I am here to tell you that despite those thoughts and feelings of failure, that you are doing an AMAZING job. You are a wonderful mother and you are doing the best you know how.
Being a stay at home mom I have found it really difficult to get motivated to put myself together each morning. I mean what is the point? Who will see me through out the day? My 2-year-old who clearly could care less about food stains of if I have or haven't showered in a couple days. My 5-year-old who thinks having unmatched and/or holes in clothes is the cool thing to do. My 11-year-old who obviously doesn't pay attention to what I say let alone what I am wearing. OR my husband, who lately, seems gone more than he is home between his military job and his full-time civilian job. So, again I repeat, "what is the point?" The point is...
Blogging is all the rage right now, it seems like everyone has one! There are bloggers out there making thousands and tens of thousands of dollars JUST off their blog! Must be the sweet life, am I right? I mean how hard can blogging really be anyways? You write a couple blog posts, share them on your Facebook page and then like magic you start making money. Right!?! WRONG! Sorry, to burst your bubble but there is more that goes into blogging than just slapping up a catchy blog post.
I stared in the mirror this morning as I was blow drying my hair for the first time in weeks, no makeup and dressed in my "mom" clothes. How did I get to this point? To a time where I go days between showers and weeks without makeup. The younger me, the me before I had kids, would take one look at my current momiform and be like, "Nope. Not me. I will still take care of myself when I have kids." It is super easy to get down on myself when I start thinking these thoughts.
I had a conversation with my daughter this morning as I was taking her to preschool.
“I don’t want to go to school.”
“Oh, why is that?”
“I don’t like sitting criss-cross applesauce on the carpet.”
Oh, how I wish I could go back to simpler times when sitting criss-cross applesauce on the carpet circle was my biggest challenge of the day.
Mom Bashing… what’s the point?
OK, y’all. Can we go ahead and STOP the mom bashing!! I just don’t get it. Really, what is the point? Now, agreeing to disagree is cool. However, to straight up say “YOU ARE WRONG because you do/believe/have xyz”, is not appropriate. EVER!
If you have checked out my homepage or the sidebar on this blog then you will know I don’t have time for mom bashing or any bashing… who does? Not this mom! And, it does not belong on this blog or anywhere else for that matter. Thank goodness I haven’t seen any here yet.
Nonetheless, what brought all these feelings back to the surface was not something that happened to me but to Mandy Moore...