19 Reasons To Be Thankful In November 2019
Nov25

19 Reasons To Be Thankful In November 2019

It is the week of Thanksgiving here in the US. There is a chill in the air (thankfully rain here in SoCal!) and everyone is busy getting ready for their families or friends to come together and feast. This year, we are hosting our first ever Friendsgiving. The kids and I have been busy planning it. Along with all of the fun, good food and laughter this season brings us, it can easily (and quickly) overwhelm us. So I like to take some...

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5 Ways To Stay Organized & Ahead This Holiday Season
Nov04

5 Ways To Stay Organized & Ahead This Holiday Season

The holidays always seem to quickly creep up on us, don’t they?! As much as I love them and look forward to them, I could do without all of the stress that comes with them. From planning to entertaining to gift buying to gift giving to travel planning to coordinating schedules, it can all be completely overwhelming. So I am constantly on the lookout for great conscious hacks that will de-stress and still dazzle my holiday season. It...

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What Is Domestic Violence Abuse?
Oct28

What Is Domestic Violence Abuse?

The word domestic violence floats around a lot and covers a huge amount of territory. We never seem to specifically identify the type of violence, just that it exists. I do get asked periodically, my partner never hits me, but they know how to make me feel really bad and do sometimes, is that abuse? YES! And because this is such an important question, an important thing to try to define, I have turned to the US Department of Justice...

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5 Ways You Can Get Involved In Domestic Violence Awareness Month Today!
Oct07

5 Ways You Can Get Involved In Domestic Violence Awareness Month Today!

The ugly truth is that we all know someone effected by domestic violence in some way,behind the scenes or otherwise. It is common to think ‘well they are staying in that situation, so I’ll just let them deal with it’. It is easier for some people to just pretend it is not going on. But the easy way is not always the best way. In fact some of the best things that have ever been accomplished in this world took an incredible amount of...

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7 Ways Self Love Will Change Your Life
Feb16

7 Ways Self Love Will Change Your Life

At this point in our lives most of us have become very good at our relationships with other people – our family members, our children, our friends. But how is our relationship with ourselves? Do you remember to treat yourself the way you treat others? Do you take the time to let yourself know just how important you are? As you know, when I came out of the darkness and into the light, my journey to love myself began and became the...

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A New Year, A New Life
Jan18

A New Year, A New Life

My favorite thing about the New Year holiday is taking the time to think about the previous year and how I would like things to be different in the upcoming New Year knowing that anything is possible with a fresh start. Some years things are going great so it is a matter of upping my game, right?! Other years, not so much and a total energy revamp is needed! 2018 went out in a blaze of craziness for me. So 2019 is definitely one of...

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Hello 2019!!
Jan17

Hello 2019!!

You have no idea how glad I am to see a new year begin! I spent my New Year’s holiday reflecting on this past year and thinking about what I wanted for us in 2019, just like many people. Honestly, 2018 was a rough year for me and I need to make a lot of changes!! Instead of setting resolutions, I like to set intentions. I found for many years when making resolutions and lists of things I wanted to change for the new year, I forgot...

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7 Reasons Why Domestic Violence Victims Stay
Oct06

7 Reasons Why Domestic Violence Victims Stay

This is one of the first questions almost everyone asks me. And I don’t think I am the only one who gets asked it. “Why did you stay?” almost always followed up by, “I would never tolerate that.”. But what most people don’t understand is that leaving a marriage, creating change is not simply a matter of walking out the door, it is a process – a big, scary, life-changing process. Especially when there are children involved. So...

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month – Do You Know Why & How You Can Help?
Oct04

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month – Do You Know Why & How You Can Help?

Domestic Violence has been occurring worldwide for as long as anyone can remember. It is that nasty, embarrassing topic that no one wants to talk about or acknowledge, leaving victims to feel alone, afraid and helpless. Enter the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, powered by strong survivors and domestic violence victim advocates. The History of The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence They were founded by survivors...

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10 Ways To Support A Domestic Violence Survivor
Jan21

10 Ways To Support A Domestic Violence Survivor

Domestic violence happens far more often than we care to admit. It is uncomfortable to think about our loved ones being hurt in some way. So when a loved one opens up about domestic violence to us, it can be tough to know what to do. I’ve run into this problem on both sides of the spectrum. Hearing a loved one share something awful happening at their home AND finally gaining the courage to speak out about what was happening in my own....

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