Conscious Parenting in the 21st Century

Last night, I attended a Mindful Parenting Seminar that is held monthly at my local favorite meditation center – the Insight Meditation Center.  It was led and wonderfully so by Bob Stahl who is a father to two sons, a mindfulness coach and author.   We started off the evening with a 30 minute meditation sitting; [...]

The Seasons of Life

I participated in a wonderful Mindfulness Meditation Class this evening led by a dear friend of mine Alicia McLucas who is incredibly gifted in guiding others in really noticing what is going on in our minds, lives and hearts. I went seeking some clarity on this sense of unrest I have been feeling as of [...]

Who Am I? One question, many answers and then more questions…

I have been asking the question Who Am I? for many years but more so in the past few years since turning 50. I have come to the conclusion for me that how I might identify myself falls into three different categories for the most part. The first being the more obvious labels society and [...]

The passing of time

My daughter just turned eight in late July and today we toured the new school will be starting on Monday.  This new school is for academically gifted children and Andy and I are so proud of all the hard work it took for her to test into and be accepted into this school. I was [...]

Knowing when to let go

I am having to learn some hard lessons about giving my daughter some breathing room and let her learn some things on her own. A little background – Ariel has a mild neurological condition called Sensory Processing Disorder.  In layman’s terms for her it means that signals from her brain to her body can get [...]

Menopause anyone?

I watched an Oprah show I had saved in my DVR about aging, pre-menopause and menopause yesterday that I had taped a while ago. I cried for about 20 minutes after I watched the show – seeing how much my hormonal imbalances had been affecting my well being and keeping me in this “numb”, not [...]

Being Still Before Moving Forward

The past four years since I started my business Parenting by Adoption and my work as an Open Adoption Coach, I worked hard to learn all I could stuff into this mid life brain about the process of open adoption.  I worked with another adoption professional that had been pivotal in our adoption.  I read [...]

The moments that make it all worthwhile

I am the very blessed Mommy to my now 7 year old daughter, a daughter we adopted at birth in an open adoption.  Summer has been a blur of activity with trying to work from home while caring for Ariel, manage some minor health issues for both of us and help my husband coordinate some [...]

A Mom can always dream…

Well I knew before we left for our time at the beach a week ago I was going to need a serious bathing suit to suck me in, pull various parts up and be socially acceptable. I am about 20-25 pounds over my optimal swimming suit weight and am just starting a regular routine at [...]

Motherhood, Mid Life and Menopause

I have been in big denial about my age for a long time. Next month I will be turning 52 and my sweet girl will be turning 7. Up until recently I did not really think about the age thing too much (unless some stranger brought it up with curiosity about whether I was Ariel’s [...]