Kids, Kindness & Mother’s Day

May 18, 2015 by

This past Mother’s Day several of our writers embarked on our second Mother’s Day kindness challenge with their kids. We attached some of our hug statements to beautiful roses donated to us by our friends at Whole Foods in West Hartford Center, and each went out to different locations where our children handed out flowers to moms. I’ve done this many times with my daughter (on random days, not just Mother’s Day) and each time I am completely struck at how deeply a simple act of kindness touches people. I think it’s so important to teach kids about kindness and it’s never too early to start.

Here’s my girl talking about how being kind to people makes her feel (took this video right before we set out for Mother’s Day):

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5 REALLY Easy Braid Tutorials (Tried, Tested and with Photos)

May 4, 2015 by

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I’m taking a break from my usual serious topics to talk about something that I’m obsessed with – BRAIDS! If you follow me on Instagram I’m constantly adding photos of my latest braided hairstyles. I can’t get enough. Seriously.

The best thing about braids is that many of them are SO EASY. I wouldn’t lie to you. Some of these take me 2 minutes but at most 5 minutes. I can do them with wet hair and save time not having to use the hair dryer. ALL braids look better on 2nd or 3rd day hair which is music to the ears of a busy mom.

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I’m Not a Robot

Apr 20, 2015 by

I’ve been listening to music pretty much every day on my walks or runs and I’ve found that I keep hitting repeat, over and over, on the song I Am Not a Robot by Marina and the Diamonds. I’ve been going through a lot of change in my life as my husband and I continue the divorce process and something about this song just hits me every time I listen to it.

It’s okay to say you’ve got a weak spot
You don’t always have to be on top

I have a hard time with negative emotions. I don’t like feeling angry or resentful because those emotions only make me feel worse and really impact my ability to feel inner peace. I believe in my soul that being compassionate and kind are two of the most important values in life.  So, it’s tough for me to admit that during this process of getting divorced I’ve had times when I’ve let my anger overshadow my desire to be compassionate. But I do have a weak spot, many weak spots in fact, and I don’t always have to be perfect. Divorce is always difficult for everyone involved so I’m trying to cut myself some slack.

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Remember to Look Up

Apr 6, 2015 by

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I had an epiphany of sorts the other day while running. It was a tough run, as most of them have been lately, and I had my eyes down on the road, focused totally on the pain and heaviness in my legs. Each step felt like a chore and my muscles ached. Then, all of the sudden, I looked up and noticed the sun shining, the beauty of the rural area I was in and how stunning the clear blue sky was. In that moment I realized how much of a metaphor that is for my life right now. I’ve been focused on the road directly in front of me and haven’t stopped at all to look up and remember that life is bigger than just what I’m going through right at this moment. Divorce is not easy, even when both people agree it’s the right thing and I’ve gotten a bit stuck in the daily struggles I’ve faced. I wrote the words below to remind me that every now and again, I’ve got to look up.

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Trying To Let Go of Anger

Mar 23, 2015 by

Life has been hard lately. Between going through a divorce and my daughter having some challenging behavior I’ve had a lot to cope with. One emotion that I’m not comfortable with is anger. I hate the way I feel when I’m angry. I feel unbalanced, highly anxious and the whole world looks different when anger comes into the picture. I know this is how it is for everyone – anger clouds our judgment and gives us a distorted view of reality. That’s why I really try to let anger go. But lately, with everything I’ve been going through, I’m finding that I’m struggling more than usual with easily letting angry thoughts go.

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