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“A comfortable home is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.” — Sydney Smith I realized that one of the reasons I have adapted to moving so much in my adult life is that I have the ability to create a home quickly. To create my safe haven that is comfortable, warm, and peaceful. And my home in DC is my safe haven. My peaceful place. My place where I can curl up on a couch, smell my favorite candles and flowers, read, sit in silence, and just be myself. As I go through the holidays, I decorate no matter what place I’m in with a tree and cozy little winter blankets. And the smell at fresh cookies in the oven. And a warm tea. And I realized through this quote, how important all these little things are to me. They calm me and give me a safe place to just relax. They provide me happiness and contentment. How do you create a home where you live? What …

The constant desire to want more….

So much of our life we are wanting more. Whether it is to lose 10lbs, be single, not be single, marry, divorce, kids, no kids, kids to grow up so that you have some freedom again, kids to not grow up because it is going too fast, new job, more money, more vacations, less or more from a partner, etc. And we look at facebook and instagram and read about celebrities and wish for something we don’t have. We play the lottery in hopes it will make our life better. We are envious of someone else’s life in some way and we are always planning ahead on what else we want to achieve. If we move it will be better, if we make more money it will be better, if I buy that dress or go on that vacation it will relieve my stress, etc. We all do it. It is human nature. So as I was writing and journaling this week, I came across two quotes. Both I thought were so powerful and so …

Listen….Pause this Summer and Listen

Photo note: Picture I took on Cape Cod a few summers back. Stop and pause this summer. Soak in the sunshine and summer breezes and listen. Listen to yourself and your loved ones on long summer beach walks and lazy summer strolls or bike rides. Truly listen. So many times we don’t stop and listen to people or ourselves enough. So many people have experiences that we can learn from- both good and bad. And while everyone has an opinion and not all are valuable, you can learn from listening to them, yourself (probably the most important) and observing. Pay attention. Pick your head up and let life be a teacher. We are students every day. Often times we don’t pause long enough to learn what life is telling us. We are too busy running, staring at our phones, or thinking to really just observe and learn.…… What is life telling you?   Do we take time to ask our loved ones- ourselves, friends, people we respect, and our partners– what they have learned in …

Overcommitting

There are times in my life where I just get so excited to catch up with friends, go to activities, and check things off my list that I over schedule myself. This is one of those times. I have been traveling for 4 weeks straight. And one more to go after this weekend. And I’m exhausted. Caught a cold, sleeping and digestion is all out of whack, and I’m just tired.   And while the activities I’m doing are awesome! Great work travel (as much as it can be with it being work), exciting work projects, vacations, ticking off big errands or home projects, trip to see the Cavs play in game 6!, and visits to see family…..I realize I need more down time. I overcommitted which makes me irritable and stressed and I’m still trying to finalize my plans for August vacations. I became so focused on checking off my list and the next fun activity that I lost myself a bit!   I am sure mothers deal with this all the time. Between …