Who are you not to be?

Sometimes when you’re afraid, afraid of your bigger self, you shrink yourself with excuses as to why not you. These excuses we tell ourselves vary, but usually they’re hinged on...more

25 Things To Remember If You’re Having a Bad Day

Not every day is my best day in life. Some days, I go to sleep in a bad mood, often, inspired by something in my life, and wake up that way in the morning or worse. I used to feel bad about having bad days ....more

Don’t Look For Love

It’s funny how this works, right? But it really does work. When you give love, like real love the kind given from the heart with with no expectation of anything in return, you always get it back ....more

Never Let The Fear of Striking Out

Often in the midst of teaching my children important life lessons, I teach myself, too. This lesson from Babe Ruth is big in my parenting brain right now because so much of what my children are doing, from walking to reading to climbing slides involves believing in their own abilities enough to continue on even when they fail. Failure, I’ve learned in “coaching” them through their own mini failures is not a reason to give up ....more

Where The Sidewalk Ends

Excerpt from one of my favorite childhood poems by Shel Silverstein: Where the Sidewalk Ends....more

Always Flowers

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” Henri Matisse Taken with Canon Mark ii and Canon 50 1.4 LensSettings:f/5.0 SS:1/320 ISO 160 The post Always Flowers appeared first on JESSICA F. HINTON ....more

Secure Parenting

The best thing about having growing children is that, with them, you grow too. If you allow yourself the opportunity, with your children, you get older and, hopefully, wiser. Things that once seemed so important just aren’t important anymore ....more

Summer Bucket List

1. Go swimming in a beach....more

How To Improve Focus in Your Pictures

Taking focused pictures is something every photographer wants, right? But it’s not as easy to do when you have no idea how to use your camera or how your actions as a photographer can hurt or help the quality of your images. I had to learn about focus the hard way, through lots of blurry and out-of focus pictures that left me scratching my head wondering, “why doesn’t this look right?” I didn’t know it was “focus” that was problem, I just knew my pictures never looked right to me ....more

The Conscious Parent: A Book Review

I don’t usually read parenting “advice” books, generally, because I no longer believe that you can learn how to be a parent by reading a book. I once did, however. And this is why I have read more parenting advice books than I care to admit ....more