Musings on motherhood, mental health and living mindfully even when it feels like chaos reigns

Growing Pains

I don’t remember growing pains as a child so it came as a surprise to me the first time one of my kids had them. I used to think

Finding Peace in the Pause

I am reading this book called Just One Thing by Rick Hanson. The subtitle is developing a buddha brain one simple practice at a time. As you might guess

A New Podcast: Conversations with Cristie

I have some exciting news. I started a podcast! I’ll be honest, this baby of mine has been percolating for a long time. This Christmas, my husband (likely sick of hearing me talk about the future podcast) bought me a microphone and headphones so I had one less excuse to put it off.

A Funny Thing Happened

  A funny thing happened a few weeks ago. I wrote a book. Actually, let me back up a few years. I didn’t just write a book last week.

How Do You Find Joy

How do you find joy in the dark? Earlier this week, I spoke with a grief coach, for an episode of my upcoming podcast (more on that later). It

The Power of Saying No

The act of planning for a solo trip while my kids are at home is a most illuminating picture of what Rebekah Borucki calls the Motherload and others refer

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Warning this week’s love notes are mostly going to be about the power of self care. Practicing what I preach, ie: this drink was delivered directly to my hand. . . . #lovenotesformom #vacay #maternalmentalhealth ...

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Moms, if you notice a lack of a Love Note today it is because I was here: watching a track meet in a Monsoon. So, I’ll dry out tonight and return tomorrow. For now, know that you’re doing the best job and you’re so loved.❤️ . . . #lovenotesformom #parenting #maternalmentalhealth #sportsmom ...

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My favorite part of Mother’s Day is spending time with the ones who made me mom. (Note to moms of small children, this was not always the case.😉) . . . #parenting #maternalmentalhealth ...

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Not going anywhere: my girl wrote about her experience during lockdown for a class assignment. She was asked to perform it last night for a showcase and it was illuminating. I knew they all struggled, but hearing her speak out loud about the sadness and loneliness was rough. Take a listen. Then go hug your kids. . . . #grownandflown #parentingteens #theatermom #wvutheatre ...

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The pups have joined me for my retreat this weekend. I couldn’t attend in-person (stupid virus) so I’m tuning in via zoom. While I’d rather be with my fellow mastermind sisters, I guess these two are doing their best to keep me company. . . . #rockstarmastermind #entrepreneur #dogsofinstagram #frednpheebs ...

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