How to spend money on yourself (guilt free)

How to spend money on yourself (guilt free)

Yesterday, I invested almost $2000 in myself. 

But it wasn't easy. 

I, like so many other women, struggle to spend money on myself. My entire life I have found security in holding onto my money, and have struggled to allow myself to get a pedicure, let alone make an investment like $2000 (I mean...I could buy plane tickets to Europe or build a water well in Africa with that kind of money)! 

The #1 thing you need to have a successful career balanced with a thriving home life

The #1 thing you need to have a successful career balanced with a thriving home life

Four years ago I felt stuck in a job that paid well but wasn't rewarding. 

I felt like I didn't have a choice, I had to work because we needed the money. So, if I had to work, it might as well be there because it gave us benefits and I was valued by the company. But yet, I didn't want the job. 

It was at this point I realized that having it all (a successful career and a thriving home life) is about one thing: choice. 

Why you feel like you are just walking in circles...

Why you feel like you are just walking in circles...

After my daughter was born I felt lost. Like I was wandering a desert without a compass. No sense of real direction. No clue how to get back on track. Unsure how I was going to survive. 

I felt stuck. Stuck in a job that I had once loved but no longer wanted to be at. 
Stuck in a pay-check. 
Stuck in responsibilities.
Stuck in the day in, day out, grind of life.

How to give your mind a vacation, even if you can't get away

How to give your mind a vacation, even if you can't get away

I am taking my family to Disneyland in exactly "24 sleeps" (that's how I explain it to my 5 year old). My daughter actually has a calendar on the fridge that we use to count down the days. Sometimes she counts backwards or the wrong direction or skips numbers, etc...but there is no question that she, and the whole family, have an immense amount of anticipation building up to this vacation. 

I started preparing for this vacation, about a month ago. 

I am confident

I am confident

As my youngest looked at a picture of himself and "attempted" to say his name, I had several emotions race through me.  Joy? Pride? Affection? 

Likely it was a combination of all three. 


He has learned so much this year. He went from crawling, to walking then talking and now terrorizing his older sister. 

The growth he has experienced in this calendar year is monumental. I’ve, of course, already watched this process in my older daughter but it still catches me by surprise as I see him go through each stage of development, one by one. 

Yesterday, I reflected on these emotions as I realized I was witnessing yet another type of growth.

Does Balance Exist?

Does Balance Exist?

Is work/life balance even possible? Can you really have a successful career and a thriving home life?

I'm pretty sure as a working mom, this is something you've been thinking about....because it seems like the golden ticket. If you could just find a healthy balance between work and home, things would feel better, right? You'd feel less guilty, right? There would be less overwhelm, right? You'd be more productive, right? Your family would get your best self, right? You'd have more me-time, right? 

WRONG!