Motherhood is often punctuated by challenges, sometimes small and mundane and sometimes lasting and heart-wrenching. How can we get through them? The Stockdale Paradox, a mix of optimism and discipline, could be part of your solution.
Happily Ever After is the recently released book by Trista Sutter, who is most widely known for her role on the television show The Bachelor and as the original Bachelorette. This book really opened my eyes to what true gratitude is--that developing a grateful heart has more to do with our perspectives and how we...
In our family, we often perceive ourselves as the “Have Nots.” Everybody has more than we do. There is always something more we need to buy, and it is an embarrassment to even admit that we are lacking in the areas where “everyone else” has an abundance. Well, this compare snare we’ve gotten ourselves into...
I read this article in a magazine last week that really struck a chord with me. It talked about how our thoughts can really drive us forward towards the things we want most – or they can bog us down and hold us back and lead us away from what we really want. Most of...
When we moved our family from Hawaii to Utah, I did everything I could to emotionally prepare my children. However, during it all, I forgot to prepare myself.
While mini-catastrophes mean nothing in comparison to the larger problems of the world, these types of experiences happen day in and day out in family life. And if we aren’t careful, they can wear us down and cause us to look at our otherwise wonderful lives through an irritated and gloomy lens.
The Power of a Positive Mom was a monumental help to supplying extra fuel to my days--it made a definite contribution to my ability to accept challenges, keep a positive outlook, and savor the great things about motherhood as I propel our family forward.
It can be hard to really enjoy the “now” when you're getting slammed by so many hard things all the time. It can be easier to see the beauty in things that are past than in things that are present. Saren shares some ideas for cherishing the beautiful precious present with our children.
Check out these simple and meaningful ideas for making the whole month of November into a season of thanksgiving for your family.
When I'm not feeling my best, the last thing I want to hear is that I should "look on the bright side". It's normal to feel down about life sometimes. But, just because we're down, doesn't mean we can't learn through the Power of Optimism.
I wasn’t expecting this. If David and I had given birth to a child bearing our genes, there’s a good chance he or she would have been quiet, introverted, and prone to melancholy like us. Instead, we ended up with a giggling, bouncing, outgoing, joyful three-year-old.
I believe the simple life is attainable for anyone anywhere, whether we’re living on a farm or right in the middle of a bustling metropolitan area. The simple life has little to do with possessions or circumstances and everything to do with our inner thoughts and our perspective.