Why you should be doing absolutely nothing: The importance of making the time for down time.

The alarm goes off at 6:30 a.m. I reach groggily for my phone, tapping blindly on the side table for what feels like a plastic casing. The beeping blares on, and I realize that the phone is plugged in and resting on the chair. A strategic move I had planned—this forces me to get out of bed. Regardless, I tap “snooze” and fall back into bed again, savoring those nine minutes....more

100 Minutes of Me Time

There is a phenomenal woman that I work with. Every day she comes into the office a half-hour early, sits in the break room and reads. She regularly encourages other people to take time to do the things they love. And when I once asked her who she could make happier, she said she wanted to make herself happier by putting the same amount of time into her interests as she invests in the people around her....more

Dear Spouses of Stay at Home Parents,

 Imagine receiving an email that says something like:“Attn:...more
Oh my gosh, you hit the nail on the head with this one!  I think most people think that staying ...more

Sanity (or less) in 30 minutes (or more)

Thirty minutes. It’s a relatively short amount of time, right? But I’m convinced these little half-hour segments are the key to a happy life and marriage. A while back, my husband and I realized that there were lots of things we both wanted to do, but felt like we didn’t have time for. As a mom, I sometimes feel like I’m missing out on some things others might take for granted, like a long, hot shower, or uninterrupted sleep. Parents can always find time for their children, but sometimes we neglect to find time for ourselves. We came up with a simple, but life-changing solution....more

May Challenge: Take 10 Minutes of "Me Time" Every Day This Month

May is supposed to be mom's month -- not just one day where after getting breakfast in bed it's pretty much business as usual. How can moms take back the month? Probably not with an indulgent vacation, or a chef to cook dinner every night. Instead, we'll have to do it a little at a time. It has to look like "business as usual" to everyone else, as we sneak in a few minutes of "me time" for ourselves....more

Me Time

When I finished my homework this past Sunday, I picked up a craft project.  It seems I haven't had time for them in ages and I needed to create something.Why?  Because creating something beautiful feeds your soul.  It calms your mind as you work and brings about a zen-like state.  You also get an immense feeling of satisfaction when you view and hold your completed project....more

A Mama's Weekend ALONE

Well, here I am. Sitting in bed, noodling around on the computer.  The house is quiet except for the purr of my cat, Bob, sitting next to me.  No one to feed, no one to pick up or drop off, no one to comfort or discipline or praise or referee.I’m alone....more

Mom's Gone Wild

I hit the big 4-0 this year. And like so many people who manage to avoid an early death, I’m taking stock of my life as I hit this milestone. In many ways, I’m doing fine—at least as fine as anyone trying to manage two kids, one husband, three pets, a busy career and a never-clean house can be. But like so many moms I know, I feel like I’ve kind of lost track of who I am, apart from my roles as wife and mom and career girl....more

Day 21, NaBloPoMo, Mom Me Time, Midnight Showers

A quick midnight post, day 21 of NaBloPoMo! Something about midnight showers for a busy mom and the fast forward button. Thank you DVR. http://guamgoddessintraining.blogspot.com/2011/11/showers-by-midnightday-21-of-nablopomo.html...more

Finding the Right Balance of Togetherness

My boyfriend makes me happy–genuinely. I enjoy his company and have a great time when I’m around him. I’m a better version of myself when I’m around him....more