Why I Stopped Chasing Happiness

Life in a Manic World

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What a Burden – Carry Your Own Load

I asked a retired military friend of mine about carrying a ruck sack the other day. He told me that for the qualification march each one weighs about 80 pounds and then another 25 or 30 pounds in battle gear. It is one man or woman per kit.  Each is responsible for carrying their own…

3 Things I’ve Learned as a Mother

A few years ago I was asked to speak on Mother’s Day about a few things I have learned as a young mother. I just found it in the depths of the cloud and I thought I would share it: I am the mother of a fascinating and handsome young boy. I would like to…

Busy Like A Badge of Honour

A few years back I made the decision to keep my son at the school that we had moved away from.  He doesn’t do well with change and I was in a position where I could drop him off and pick him up without issues.   When I got offered a job as far away…

The Day I Became an Autism Mother

I’ve known for years that my child is unique. I’ve never once envied the ‘normalness’ of other parents. The priority was, for quite some time, his digestive tract. Having a child with chronic pain means that that is always the first concern. On “normal” days my son suffered typical daily pains quietly. It is all…

Middle of the Road

After standing by for the past five years watching my fiance build a company from scratch, and nearly quit several times, I’ve developed a deep respect for those who have held fast through what Scott Belsky calls “the messy middle”.  And after years of never having set a New Years Resolution, to this year setting…

Why My Son Does Chores

I tossed back and forth on this quite a bit over the years. I wanted him to learn life skills such and cooking and cleaning, but did not want him to feel that you get paid for looking after your own home.  It was finally an interview with Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruz talking about…

Sympathy for King Henry VIII

I recently heard two separate historical stories.  Each demonstrate a tremendous power we hold to change the future.   The first is the story of Owain Tudur, or Owen Tudor after he anglicised his name.  He was a Welshman who made his way to London to try and make his way in the royal court…

76 Hours

This January, for the first time in my adult life,  I made a New Year’s Resolution.  It wasn’t a simple one like “eat more greens” or “join a gym”.  It was a long term goal with many parts and small mini-goals to push me through the whole year. It was one that would involve a…

Classroom Treats – The impossible feat!!

I was on Facebook the other night when a friend of mine was calling out for suggestions! It was her daughters birthday and she wanted to bring a treat for her class to share. The problem? It had to be peanut/tree nut free, dairy free, gluten free and carrot free (yes.. carrots.) All of the…

Discouraged? Here are 5 things to do

The other night I was sitting in bed feeling very discouraged and unmotivated.  As I was experiencing this I received text messages from two other woman who were also feeling very discouraged.  Recognizing this, I felt that I had better ditch this feeling and write about it!  I came across a quote by an unknown…

Help! I Lost my Job!

I had the pleasure of being let go from a job that was making me quite miserable, and apparently the feelings were mutual, however, being a low income single mother no income was a stressor to say the least. After my natural emotions (primarily anger) and phone calls to loved ones I immediately went into…