How to Break Free from…

FOOD, in my case.

I have observed that people are obsessed with food. Note: observation v. judgement. I am certainly among such “people.” So it was with some aspects of scientific interest that I embarked on the “experiment” of The Master Cleanse. Danielle Smith graciously recorded pre- and post- real time observations of my 5-day detox/cleanse/fast.


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How to Dream BIG

You may know that I’ve signed up for the May session of Mondo Beyondo. I first heard about it from  Heidi Howes. She explained that it was all about dreaming BIG. Most of us train ourselves to have dreams that are “attainable” or “reasonable” — dreams that we think we have a fair chance of achieving. But the idea behind a “MONDO BEYONDO list” is reaching far; declaring and writing down those truly outrageous dreams that require a leap of faith.

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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 Find Meaning in Your Roles

I’m taking an eCourse right now called Divine Purpose Unveiled! Ooooooh! At first glance, so… unlike “Practical Mommy,” don’t you think? One of the exercises in the course is to spend some time reflecting on the different roles you play. I don’t know about you but there are times when I feel like the overriding job description of my life is Master Juggler. Seriously though, all of us can list a multitude of roles: mommy, friend, boss, teacher, board member, volunteer, writer, sister, daughter, wife….

The insightful part of the exercise was examining these roles and taking the time to see what qualities (or gifts, I like to say), we get to express in them. Interestingly enough for me, there were some common themes throughout. When I really think about it, I express nurturing, supportiveness, teaching, and listening qualities in almost all of my roles, whether professional or personal (mommy, friend, daughter, sister, consultant). Seems self-evident in hindsight but when you write out this list LONG HAND in a journal and see it plain as day in front of you, it is a powerful thing! What a confirmation that WHO YOU ARE is not limited to your role or job… it’s WHO YOU ARE!

I’m taking a little longer than prescribed for the course but… hey, that’s the beauty of an eCourse! It’s like the Montessori method of self-help! I’ll write more about it soon….

So as you begin to integrate this additional role of mommy into your life, reflect on that. When you start feeling like there is too much on your to-do list, remember that whether or not you get to all those items has nothing to do with your success or failure as a fill-in-the-blank-job-here, even if that job is mommy. This exercise has really been helping me to focus on being that Best Self, regardless of whether I am talking to the cashier at the grocery store or make dinner for my babies!

Follow up… it’s now spring. I completed the course awhile back and talked more about it in this video.

If you have been looking for a compass for your life, this course is great. Here’s the link!