Day 4 of the Joy Challenge: Nurture Strong Relationships
No woman is an island. Including you, sweetness.
We all crave belonging. We all have a deep desire for intimacy with our partners and our close friends. We want to feel connected to a community of like-minded people. We yearn for healthy relationships with our families.
Why? The journey becomes easier when you have found your people.Read More
Running a Business as a Work at Home Mama
I run a successful coaching practice from home. I have a two year old (Max) and a four month old (Juliet.) I have a nanny working 20-30 hours a week. I have a supportive awesome husband. And I am totally wearing slippers and yoga pants right now. Want to know how it all comes together? Watch the…Read More
I'm back! And why this post was so hard to write.
I’ve been on “maternity leave” from this blog, my newsletter and most emails since Juliet was born in late May. I’ve been dreaming, brainstorming, reading some amazing books, coaching my Elevate women, booking retreat spaces and integrating some new systems for my business backend, but as far as forward facing activities that you could see — I was invisible.
And being invisible was harder than I thought it was going to be.
Even with all the work I’ve done around changing my definition of success to internal measures, and not external validation, it was still hard.Read More
Tearing Down, Building Up
I put up my maternity email auto-responder yesterday. While Tiny’s still hanging out in my belly — I’m ready for some breathing space from the day-to-day operations of Stratejoy.
Life’s been a whirlwind over here. Not in a necessarily in a bad way, but in a way that would previously have toppled me over in anxiety and insomnia.
(I’m definitely not sleeping well, but that’s got more to do with getting up to pee every 2 hours than stress! And yes, some pieces of life are causing me slight anxiety — choosing paint colors, trying to convince Ken to polish the cement exactly like my hair salon floors, agreeing on a boy’s name — but none of it’s major shit.)
Just whirlwind.Read More
Holiday Wishes for You
Here is my wish for you this holiday season, my dear one.
Stop trying to make things look good and concentrate instead on letting things feel good.
There is no need to wrap the perfect present, cook the perfect turkey, send the most adorable Holiday card. There is no need to beat yourself up when something didn’t go as planned, when your family embarrasses you, when you don’t respond to your work emails, when you don’t get through everything on your list to clean/fix/beautify.Read More
How Do I Choose? Career choices, Happy Burger, and my new Home.
Last night I wrapped up one of my Find Your Passion Work small groups and tonight I’ll finish up with the Wednesday night gals. I love leading these groups for so many reasons – namely the women I get close with over the 6 weeks – but there is one question that always comes up that I dread. How do I choose?Read More
Max’s Birth Story
Let me preface this entire post by saying — there is no right or wrong way to be pregnant, to give birth, to parent your child. There is only YOUR way — the careful choices you’ve made with your partner or by yourself for the good of your situation, your family, and your baby. I’m in no way a birthing expert, but I had an AMAZING natural childbirth and I want to share it with you.Read More
One Thing at a Time: Stop Starting, Start Finishing
Is one thing at a time possible? The Big Man and I always have a million things on our various lists. We have a huge chalkboard in our living room that says, “All the Things” for shared personal life items and both keep extensive work and life lists of our own. Bucket lists, business task lists, chore lists, weekend trip lists, recipes to try lists… Couple our listing addiction with my own natural Activator strength, and I have dozens of projects going on at any one time.Read More
It’s that time again! It’s the Interview post, baby! I’ve done them twice already, but always love a good Q & A. Check out Season 2 and Season 3 if you want more random facts about me…Read More
Soaking It Up: Being Happy in the Midst of Crazy
I asked “Any advice?” while nibbling on smoked salmon and sipping Mum Rose Sparkling wine with my bridesmaids. We’d finished hauling and arranging the tables, my hair was still up in curlers, and we were all enjoying a down moment before was time to tackle the process of getting gorgeous.Read More