Author: Michelle Noehren

What Is At The Root of My Inability to Prioritize Self-Care?

Last week I wrote a post about how I basically don’t even know what self-care is. Seriously, I had to google it to find the definition for my post. I wrote about how I am finally acknowledging that after several difficult years, my emotional reserves are gone. Helping other people is at the core of my being and I have a strong tendency to just put my head down and plow through my own hard stuff so that I can keep it together for my daughter, and everyone around me. I thought I was doing the right thing. I...

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This is What The Truth Looks Like: I Suck at Self-Care

According to a Google search (because of course I had to Google what exactly self-care is): Self care includes any intentional actions you take to care for your physical, mental and emotional health. Good self-care is a challenge for many people and it can be especially challenging for survivors of interpersonal violence and abuse. It can also be an important part of the healing process. Intentional actions I take to care for my physical, mental and emotional health? *Crickets chirping* I’ve realized lately with everything I’ve gone through in the past 2 years, between a divorce, selling a house,...

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Hellooooo lovely readers!! From time-to-time we put out a call for guest writers and that time is NOW! We encourage any Connecticut moms to send us a short writing sample and some information about yourself. Here are a few of our parameters: Good writing skills Lives in Connecticut Open to writing once a month for a 3-month period Comfortable sharing the honest truth about what your life is really like Happy to write in a non-judgmental way Extra bonus: have a unique perspective to share If you’re interested in joining us please send an email to with your...

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What I’m Thankful For Today (Day 3)

This week I’m challenging myself to notice the good in each day as a way to focus on the positive stuff instead of the tough stuff. So here’s what I’m thankful for today… (I’d love to know what you’re thankful for too!) I absolutely love Morningstar breakfast sandwiches. I’m a vegetarian and recently discovered that Morningstar sells their own breakfast sandwiches in the frozen vegetarian section and THEY ARE SO GOOD. Add a smidgen of ketchup — perfection! I’ve been a bit worried about my neighbors because I haven’t seen them in a while. Thankfully one of my other neighbors let me know that they are OK – phew! I actually wore a dress to work today, I can’t remember the last time I did that. And my co-worker complimented me. (Well actually, she almost fell on the floor out of sheer shock and gushed about how beautiful I looked. Mental note – wear dresses more often.) Said co-worker also told me that my hair looked gorgeous today! My daughter and I had a little frozen yogurt date night and it was so fun just sitting and talking with her. She just turned 5 and I can’t believe how grown up she seems. Special thankfulness shout outs: Arvia – you inspire me and amaze me in so many ways. I read a description of you on Facebook today that...

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What I’m Thankful For Today

It’s day 2 of my 5 days of gratitude this week and honestly I’m not really feeling like being super positive. But that’s exactly why I wanted to challenge myself in this way — because I know when things feel hard it helps so much to look at the good stuff. I’d love to hear something positive from you too (in the comments)! Today I’m Thankful That… I was able to see my brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew yesterday! The time FLEW by and my daughter and I both wish we had more time with them. They live in...

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