How to Keep Following Your Bliss

Last week, we heard Elena Verlee’s tips on finding your passion. The next in our series is singer-songwriter, Heidi Howes. Heidi definitely has a passion for music but… how does she feed that passion as a busy mom of two kids? In our interview, Heidi shares her struggles with balancing being the mom she wants to be with fulfilling her own dreams!

Interview with Heidi Howes (AUDIO 3:09)

Heidi has been a guest with us before, sharing her Postpartum Depression journey. You can listen to tracks from Heidi’s upcoming CD, Mother Songs here. [Read more…]

How to Make Resolutions… and Break Them!

My daughter has a goal to be the first six-year-old with a hundred-dollar bill. I don’t have the heart to tell her about the Vanderbilt/Whitney/Mary-Kate and Ashley set. So far she’s accumulated three twenties from her weekly payoffs/allowances. resolutionsI’m glad she has a goal, even if the economy has turned our notions of thrift and hard work upside down. In that spirit, let’s take a look at a few resolutions we might as well break in the New Year. [Read more…]

How to Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week

wbwDid you know this week is World Breastfeeding Week? (August 1-7)

This year’s theme is the Virtual Breastfeeding Shield Event Pledge. What does that mean? It celebrates that “Breastfeeding is a shield that protects infants in an emergency.” Check out the world map that illustrates the support for the virtual breasfeeding event! [Read more…]

How to Water Your Own Grass

grassAs I packed for our journey to the north country (i.e., Wisconsin), I had some time to reflect. Thanks to the collective consciousness also known as Twitter, I was led to ponder a few things, specifically. via @LewisHowes Question:  Should we ever feel satisfied in life, or does this just stop our hunger to strive for bigger things?

I had just been journaling about a similar/related subject. In fact, my post on patience dances around the same idea… the constant striving or hungering for the next project/achievement… the next “big fish,” so to speak.

For me, it’s the tension between that impatience for the next step and the inherent “judgment” that comes with it. If we are looking over the fence and saying that the grass is greener on the other side, are we not judging the grass we are currently standing in as “not so green” by comparison? By saying, I can’t wait to get there, are we not missing what is here, right now? Or as Lewis’ question implies, does satisfaction lull us into complacency and make it more challenging to journey beyond our own yard. [Read more…]

How to Make New Friends

gail_goodwinWhen it comes to knowing how to make new friends, my kids are the gurus. I’ve watched them for years now on the playground… “Hi! Do you want to be my friend?” So when I went to a conference in Vegas last weekend, courtesy of my new blogger friend Corrin and IZEA, it was that image that I held in my mind. At first, I was a little daunted by the fact that I didn’t expect to know a soul there but I reminded myself that it was going to be one giant playground. I was going to meet so many friends… I just didn’t know who they were… yet! [Read more…]