Change is in The Air

It’s hard to believe I have the privilege of typing this very sentence, but here goes nothing — Slay Like a Mother is launching next week! Wow. What a long, strange…

Learning to Protect What You Love

Last week I had the privilege of addressing 360 women at the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women event. While many of us know (at least on some level)…

Orange You Glad You’re Not an Orange?

Do you ever find yourself cracking under pressure and fussing at the people you love the most? I do this frequently, and if you’re anything like me, it never seems…

Training to Have, Not Want

I’m a huge fan of Geneen Roth —a fellow female self-help author who dropped a ton of truth in her 2009 global best-selling book Women, Food and God. I devoured…

Say How You Slay

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about mothers it’s that we rarely take time to  s l o w   d o w n  and appreciate what we’ve learned, how far…

Stop and Smell the Gratitude

Let’s talk about dragons. I’ve been studying mothers for years and if there’s one thing I believe it’s this: Mothers are not at war with other mothers, we are at…

Ten Things I’m Thankful For and Why

I’m a big fan of motivational guru Mel Robbins. She regularly shares actionable tips and tricks that serve as a kick in the pants to inspire you to take action…

My Journey to Here

Recently, people have been asking about my journey to becoming an author. So, I thought I’d dedicate this post to sharing the rocky but exhilarating road I’ve travelled in order…

Keep Going. They’re Watching.

Do you ever sit around and worry about the bad habits your children watch you throw down on a daily basis? You know, like when you yell at your son…

Get Your Own Damn Definitions

I had an interesting revelation last week in the middle of a yoga class. If you’re not familiar, at the beginning of most yoga classes the instructor will often encourage…

Sharing the Load

Parents today are venturing into unchartered territory — pursuing a parenting style that’s never been attempted by any previous generation. It’s called teamwork. That’s right. The men and women turning…

Come Slay with Me

What did you SLAY today? What? Not a damn thing? 1) This isn’t true, and 2) you must be a mother! Ah, that beautiful and important, yet self-flagellating role filled…

The Power Behind Believing

One of the things I loved most about the late spiritual guru Dr. Wayne Dyer was his rejection of the widely-held belief that “seeing is believing.” Dyer called bologna on…

How to move from worrier to warrior

Originally posted as part of Health Warrior’s #WarriorCrushWednesday series, which features warriors of all kinds who are working to make this world a better place. I spent twenty years collecting…

Remembering what matters in life

Last week I attended a double memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery to celebrate the lives of Jim and Sally Paxton — close family friends who played a pivotal role…

Less Doubting, More Slaying

As my children get older, we enjoy finding TV programs to watch together at night before we go to bed. It’s a nice way to wind-down after all the meals…

Stop Playing by Other People’s Rules  

A few weeks ago, I was invited to sit on a panel of experts during a conference about excellence in entrepreneurialism in my hometown of Richmond, Virginia. I happily agreed…

Your Silence Will Not Save you

During my favorite weekly yoga class, I often find myself elongating my limbs next to a woman with a beautiful and bold tattoo on her forearm that reads, “Your silence…

Let’s Slay Together

Well, I did it. I wrote a freaking book. And holy crap, it’s good — far better than I ever imagined it could be! A provocative take on self-empowerment, I…

Watch Your Tone, Little Mama

These days I do more than my fair share of delivering speeches to large groups of people. In fact, I’ve studied the art of giving powerful presentations for decades. However,…

What the heck is mindfulness, anyway?

The art of meditation and mindfulness can feel a little woo-woo for many mothers. I mean who has time to sit in silence and stare at the inside of their…

How to Get Through the Tough Stuff

Today I find myself staring out the window of an Amtrak train traveling from NYC to Richmond, enjoying the view, and breathing a sigh of relief after just submitting the…

New Year, Same Me

Now is the time of year when people all over the world engage in the same, age-old activity —  conjure up all the things you despise about yourself and vow…

How To Avoid Losing Your Mind

When I was a little girl I used to throw tea parties with my best friend on the bottom of the local community pool. No props were needed, we’d simply…

How To Give Yourself A Damn Break

Have I mentioned that being a mother is hard?  I can’t remember…oh, that’s right. I have 5,642 times. Well, here’s yet another example. Get excited. My latest case and point…

Let Freedom Ring

The other day as I watched my eight-year-old son make his own breakfast on a Sunday morning (without asking for any help) I found myself thinking, “Wow. I’m so proud of…

Speaking Your Peace

We can learn a lot from the mothers around us. Last week, I learned a lot from a mother named Katharine. No, this is not my own advice masquerading as…

The Sound of Success

Writing a book has been a fascinating process. I’ve been doing what I do as a marketing professional for so long that it often feels like I could do my…

Three Lessons I’ve Learned From Dads

I’m a big believer that moms can learn a lot from dads. In my research with moms, I hear the typical, and often stereotypical, list of complaints about husbands…the most…

When Work Wins the Work Life Balance Struggle

Here’s a question for you: In the never-ending merry-go-round of work-life balance, why is work always the bad guy? My business partner, Lauren recently raised this important question on a Tuesday when her…

The Proof Is in The Music

A lot of the spiritual gurus that I follow talk about the goal of “getting in the right frequency with the universe”. It sounds a little woo-woo doesn’t it? Sure…

Sweet Tears of Success

Well, it finally happened. I just signed a major publishing deal to write a self-help book for mothers. To say this is a dream come true for me feels so…

Sugar, Say What?

I attended a pool party recently and decided, as I usually do, to partake in an alcoholic beverage or two. My drink of choice on this particular day was a…

What’s inside of you?

Sometimes wisdom about how to live a more peaceful and meaningful life comes from dense books, impassioned speeches, acclaimed documentaries or powerful Pinterest quotes. Today, it’s going to come from…

It’s OK To Have Bad Times

It feels like an unwritten rule that going through tough times, bad times and rotten times is not OK. It’s something that you should avoid at all costs and if…

Don’t Tell Me It Can’t Be Done

Most people I meet have some change they’d like to make in their life. The focus of said change might vary from their career, marriage, friendship, the number of vacations…

How Healthy is Your Relationship?

We spend a lot of time questioning whether we’re in a “healthy relationship” or not with our spouse/partner. It’s a common headline on the cover of magazines and all over…

Let the struggle be gone

If you’re anything like most of the mothers I know, you have entirely too much on your plate, and it can be paralyzing to constantly have to pick between how…

Realizing You’re More Than Enough

Last Friday morning I was racing around town like a chicken with my head cut off trying to shop for a friend’s birthday present, buy a cup of tea and…

My, What A difference Five Years Makes

I love TimeHop – an app that goes back through the pictures on your phone and the ones you’ve posted on social media and shows you each and every day…

Making The Most Of Your Mistakes

I’ve come to realize, but often forget, that happiness is simply a matter of perspective. I’ll share my latest and greatest mistake as a way of illustrating this often-illusive fact…

You’re In Control Of Your Feelings

I was in a yoga class last week when my manic mind started attacking me, Karate Kid, style in the middle of attempting a new arm balance. It wasn’t pretty.…

Living Your Life From The Inside Out

I believe life is best lived from the inside out. In practical terms, it means prioritizing what you think of yourself over what other people think of you and spending…

Tuning Into Self Love

Learning to love yourself can be a challenge. We love our children unconditionally, but when it comes to loving ourselves, we tend to put a plethora of conditions in place.…

Assume Nothing

Making assumptions about other people makes life harder than it has to be. I know because I do it all the time. When you make assumptions about other people, you’re…

What Would Your Mother Say?

It’s a common practice to question what your own mother would do in a particular situation. Perhaps you’re struggling with whether you should leave your children home alone for the…

Are You Doing Your Own Thinking?

I think it’s important to think for yourself. All too often we follow the inertia of the crowd. We go with the flow until we don’t know who we are…

When The Truth Hurts

Two weeks ago on a sunny Sunday afternoon, I was minding my own business fiddling around in the kitchen cleaning up after lunch. At one point, a friend of my…

Living in the Deficit of the Doubt

There’s a cause and effect relationship between what’s in your mind and what’s happening in your life right now. What’s in your mind becomes what’s in your life. It’s a…

A Simple Trick For Saving Your Sanity

I’ve always wanted my grandfather to read my blog. He’s 92 and a very mindful kind of guy. He lives in the present moment and is eternally happy doing so.…

Pushing Beyond What Seems Possible

Her name is Janie Yvonne, named after my grandmother. But we call her Janie Beyond. Because Janie is always pushing herself beyond everyone’s expectations, beyond what the world thinks is…