How to beat Overwhelm

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I feel overwhelmed a lot. Yes mostly because I am a #momofthree to kiddos under the age of 5 but there seems to be an undercurrent of overwhelm affecting tons of people these days. We have SO many things vying for our attention. We get beeped, pinged, dinged, buzzed, jingled, called, texted, emailed, etc more often than not. We are so connected to information that our response is often immediate, reactionary and impulsive. Not to mention there are so many options and choices we need to make constantly. This can wreak havoc on our nervous system and our psyche. Then throw in the demands and constant attention needed to govern children.

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Get your shit together and run the house!

Let’s face it, its hard to be the one “On Duty” with little people all day. Its even harder, in my opinion, to do that AND run the house (i.e. groceries, cooking, cleaning, gardening, being a good spouse, planning, organizing, budgeting” .
Up until recently I was barely hanging on by a thread, and only when I had my third little critter was I thrust into the world of having my shit together. Sure, before I could whip a dinner together and made it to our activities on time but I wasn’t consistent and wasn’t always finding joy in it. After having the third baby, I had a mini-meltdown and realized if I was going to ever leave my house and have a life I needed to get my head in the game.

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So Damn Tired: 6 Quick tips to boost energy levels!

Are you tired? Like so damn tired? I haven’t felt this level of tired really ever. I am running on fumes most times and by 2 pm I am usually ready for a nap! I’m a full time mama. I am with my kids all day every day + it is down right exhausting. I love it but I’m not going to pretend it isn’t freakin’ draining. Plus I’m peppering in pockets of time to build my essential oils business AND consult for my bff’s company in San Diego. I usually roll out of bed at 6:00 am and run run run until 9:00 pm then (if I’m not already passed out on the couch) watch a space documentary (yes we LOVE The Cosmos) on Netflix and crash.

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How to tame the scattered brain

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I’ve always been impulsive. I am the action girl! Don’t think, just act, react! It served me so well most of my life… in high school I was involved in sports, clubs + activities and in college was always pioneering the next adventure with my friends. It was easy to be impulsive. I got a lot of stuff done. But now that I’m officially “adulting” (our definition of adulting is becoming parents, that’s when I really had to get it together)… so now in this phase of life, being impulsive is not such a fun trait. In fact it is down right debilitating. It’s not cool to be impulsive when you have two little humans who are way more reactive, spontaneous, irrational + crazy than you who have more of a right to be than you! Now it looks more like legit ADD.

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So you want to start a blog… I say DO IT!

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Sometimes when you start a new journey you need to hit a lot of bumps along the way to make sure you are on the right path for the right reasons. I started sharing my writing on my blog after I had Everly (almost three years ago now!) I had no idea how to do this, where to start and was extremely intimidated by all the other amazing bloggers out there writing and earning an income from their efforts.

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Begin with the End in Mind

It’s the new year. A chance to start fresh and set new goals. I personally love doing this in the fall after summer is over (probably because I am married to an Assistant Principal who is on the school schedule) and partly because the fall is a wonderful time of year to buckle down and get productive. However, the New Year is a perfect time to refresh your thinking and offers a chance to examine what you accomplished the previous year and celebrate! …And also to look ahead and think about all the things you want for yourself and your life in the new year.

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Don’t let your bad habits define you.

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As many of you guys know I am facilitating the Diabetes Prevention Program over at the YMCA. I am coaching a group of people through lifestyle changes that can hep reduce their risk for developing Type ll Diabetes and I love love love it! It’s been really eye opening for me to see just how challenging behavior change can really be. It’s also making me do some “checking in” with myself on how I handle some of my own hard to break habits. Continue reading

My love/hate dilemma with MLM “opportunities” to earn residual income

Multi-level marketing seems to be all the rage these days. Stay at home parents are making a living off posting on social media about products they are now using. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then head over to your Facebook or Instagram feed and let me know how many posts you are seeing with things like: before and after photos using Rodan + Fields skin care, or the many uses of Young Living Essential Oils or Beach Body 30 day challenges or the Plexus “pink drink” slimming supplements or 31 Gifts or Juice Plus whole food vitamins or (fill in the blank here). If you still have no idea what I’m talking about then your friends just haven’t started selling something yet.

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4 Tools I’m using to organize my house + my mind this Fall

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Well summer is on its way out and Fall is coming to stay for a bit. I love this time of year- chilly mornings, chai lattes, cozy fires at night and getting a fresh new agenda planner┬áto “be more productive”! I guess I will forever be on the school schedule where the start of the year is always in the fall. It’s good, it feels like the right cycle for me (plus my hubby works in education and goes back each Fall to start a fresh new year).

Here are 4 tools I’m excited to use to help me organize my home and clear my mind in preparation for the next seasonal change…

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