Has your American dream turned into a nightmare?
A house, a car, or even 2 or 3 cars!
A riding mower.
Stainless steel appliances.
Flat screen TV, Wii gaming system.
Swimming pool, designer landscaping.
Four wheelers, dirt bikes.
Guns, paintball, airsoft.
Dinner out several times a week.
Checkups, sick days.
Vacations in high gear.
Portable DVD player, iPad.
Paying bills, balancing checkbook.
High speed DSL, HiDef TV.
Doing laundry, cleaning the bathroom.
Taking care of pets, taking care of parents.
Shopping for Christmas, paying taxes.
As if our lives aren’t already busy enough, then the holidays get here and the amount of things we have to do seems to double. Or at least that is our expectation that we have of ourselves, that we NEED to do all these THINGS. Let me encourage you to take a step back, examine your life and calendar AND your expectations and see if you can’t have a more relaxing and meaningful holiday.
8 Ways to Relax and Enjoy the Holiday Season
Here are 8 ways to slow down over the holidays and make the most of the season:
1. Focus on the meaning of [...]
As we head full swing into the holiday season, with all its hustle and bustle, it is easy to get caught up and lost in our list of things to do, our events and activities to go to. We may get so busy just going, that we don’t even realize that we are not enjoying ourselves.
In America, especially, there is huge cultural pressure to do so much. I mean, this is the Land of Opportunity! We have so many things available to us, and wouldn’t it be a shame not to take advantage of all of them? And if you live in or near [...]
A healthy lifestyle is near and dear to my heart. I have found that if you are going to face day-to-day stress of raising kids and running a household, you have GOT TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. I found some great books on the Healthy Lifestyle shelf (mine included!)
Find Your Balance
I wanted to share this quote from my book. We need to make sure our outsides match our insides.
This bookshelf addressed a wide variety of subjects that will help you live a more balanced, healthy life. You can get full details at bottom of post, but I [...]
I hear from readers every day who thank me for what I write. They are overwhelmed, they are depressed. They need a word of encouragement, they need to know they are not alone.
Many of us feel overwhelmed at times. Sometimes it may be a temporary situation, a crazy busy weekend. Or it may be that you are caring for a chronically ill family member. Maybe you are on bedrest for the remainder of a pregnancy. Maybe your husband left you and you feel alone and overwhelmed.
I hope that something below can give you a little hope and [...]
Many of us work ourselves night and day, never taking time to take care of ourselves. We go faster and faster, not realizing we are on the verge of major burnout. Or maybe we know it, we just hope we can outrun it!
I beg you, if you are at the edge, please take heed of the steps below. Pull back, slow down, make some time for you.
If you don’t, then who will?
10 steps to avoid mental breakdown
(or burnout or whatever you want to call it)
1. One must realize they are headed [...]
Let’s face it, moms today face a lot of stress. So much of it is brought on by our culture, and the pressure to perform. It is important that you learn to do what is best for you and your family, and don’t let outside forces influence you as much.
That being said, we STILL have a lot of stress in our lives, even when we begin living our own priorities.
In this post, I want to share some natural ways you can try to relieve, and counteract, some of your stress.
Necessary Legal Disclaimer: I am not [...]
This post was written and first published over 2 years ago. While my life has changed quite a bit, the message here is still the same: Mothers have got to take care of themselves. In ALL ways.
So let me ask you:
As a busy wife and mother who was, up until last year, working 80+ hours a week, I did not take much time for myself. I did not eat well, sleep well, exercise or take time to just BE.
I also neglected my health.
I did not go to the dentist for over 2 years. I [...]
Children bring so much joy to a parent’s life. With the pressure of bringing another life into the world, and nurturing that child into a mature responsible adult, there also comes an increased load of stress.
There is the long-term stress of “Am I raising my child right?” and “Will he ever grow up and be able to take care of himself?”
And then there is the day-to-day stress. There are many things that contribute to the stress that a mom feels each and every day. Of course, some times that stress level seems off the chart [...]