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Optimism (and Gratitude)
Landing Gratitude

Landing Gratitude

Why didn’t life go my way? Our accountant made an error and we owed $10,000 in taxes due that day! I wish I could tell you what happened inside my head that day and all I can say is I think I finally landed gratitude.
Using Our Voices: Episode 45

Using Our Voices: Episode 45

You have a powerful voice, and the more you use it, the stronger it will become. Join Sarah Hull and April Perry (in their minivan-sound-studio) as they encourage you to confidently and deliberately develop your own voice.
Light IN the Tunnel

Light IN the Tunnel

Do you ever feel like you're in a tunnel, and life as a mother just feels dark, low, and uncertain? Here are my very best ideas for making those tunnels into refining moments that are full of light.
The Stockdale Paradox

The Stockdale Paradox

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.
Book Summary: Happily Ever After

Book Summary: Happily Ever After

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...
The Haves and Have-Nots

The Haves and Have-Nots

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...
Thought Replacement Therapy

Thought Replacement Therapy

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...
Exchanging Papayas for Peaches

Exchanging Papayas for Peaches

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.
Mini Catastrophes and an "Attitude of Gratitude"

Mini Catastrophes and an “Attitude of Gratitude”

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.
Book Summary: The Power of a Positive Mom

Book Summary: The Power of a Positive Mom

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.
They Really Do Grow Up!

They Really Do Grow Up!

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.
9 Ways to Fill November with the Joy of Gratitude

9 Ways to Fill November with the Joy of Gratitude

Check out these simple and meaningful ideas for making the whole month of November into a season of thanksgiving for your family.