How M&M’s teach self-control

Right before Thanksgiving, I shared my super secret strategy for enjoying my hostess duties. It involved a small bowl of M&M’s, remember? Those same candies taught me a valuable lesson in self-control.

I struggle with self-control.

It’s an issue around my favorite foods (like chocolate). But it’s also a struggle when I wander through Target, or when I lay in bed long after the alarm goes off, or when I play Candy Crush instead of cooking dinner, or when I let the kids watch a Pokemon marathon instead of making them home school.

It’s bad. I realized that there were things I don’t even TRY to accomplish because I felt I lack the self-control to see them through.

And so, I began to pray.

In part, my prayers were answered with a tiny bowl of M&M’s.

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When a gift is not what it seems

This morning, as I was sorting through a box of “treasures,” I found them again.  They are faded and stained, they were imperfectly made, and quite frankly, they aren’t exactly my style. But they are a treasure.

They were a gift from an elderly relative, one I was reluctant to receive because they were useless and unwanted. But the real gift… was the story. [Read more…]

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E is for Excellence

I’m so excited to get to FINALLY share this post! It’s the fifth installment of my “alphabet” series where I’ve introduced some big themes. I think this one is my favorite. Then again, I’ve felt that way each week.

But somehow, “E is for Excellence” is making my heart sing.

Want to know why? Because I finally figured out the big secret to excellence.

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my kids make me laugh (again) #mkmml

Long ago, I wrote regular feature on Tuesdays called My Kids Make Me Laugh (MKMML). The premise was that taking time to notice the everyday antics of my kids and laugh with them helped me treasure my boys in whatever phase they happened to be in. Beyond that, it was supposed to encourage you to do the same.

You can go look, there’s a whole categories devoted to MKMML posts. Some of them are awesome. Some of them are, quite frankly, not.

When I looked at the awesome ones, it made me wonder what I quit writing them.  Then I looked at the “less than awesome” ones and I remembered. [Read more…]

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How to be the cool mom on the block

I’ve worked hard for my title as “cool mom” from the neighbor kids over the past five years.

(Not really)

It’s been a hugely competitive event with all the neighbor moms vying for the trophy.

(Seriously, not really)

Now that I’ve won the title of “coolest mom on the block” I’d like to let you in on my secret.

(Um, there isn’t a trophy or anything, but I’d like to think the other kids on the block envy my sons because they have such an cool and amazing mom.)

(Really)

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Why I changed my coffee habit

Starting in July, I made a radical change to my coffee habit.  A month of vacation had given my husband and I a LOT of chances to drink bad hotel coffee, over priced coffee drinks, and a few really spectacular cups of handcrafted heaven-in-a-cup.

I was looking forward to getting home and curling up in my favorite chair with my coffee every morning.  I’d expected to return to my time-tested routine.

Stumble downstairs, grope for the power button on the Keurig, count the seconds until it’s ready to go, and then inhale the fumes until I can actually DRINK the coffee.

Except…

We were out of k-cups. [Read more…]

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But what if I’m not strong enough…

When I’m faced with new challenges, I like to take a step back before I embrace them. Sometimes, it’s just to get a running start. More often, I’m dealing with some version of the question “but what if I’m not strong enough?”

I worry that I’ll fail.

Spectacularly.

Lately, I’ve realized that how “what if I’m not strong enough” gets answered has a big impact on what happens next. [Read more…]

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Four reasons to STOP keeping a to-do list

When I decided to quit keeping a to-do list, it felt weird.  It felt like it should be this shameful, hidden secret.

I was definitely out of step with a world where everyone is focused on doing more, being more productive, and optimizing their efficiency.

But for me, it was the right choice.  At least for now.  I’ve got four good reasons why living list free is a good decision. [Read more…]

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The (really big) rules

This morning my second grader asked me for “the rules.”

Every morning when his alarm goes off, he comes flying into our room and crawls under the covers to snooze and snuggle.  When he’s good and wiggly, we go through the same routine every single day. [Read more…]

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Praying for my kids

I struggle with praying for my kids. I’m don’t feel like I’m good at it compared to how other women talk about praying.  Once I start comparing myself to others, I can’t find peace about my prayer life.

Before I became a mom, I would hear women declare proudly that they prayed for the future spouse of their child.  I’d look at the sweet darling toddler with snot running down his chin and think “lady, you’re nuts.”

I didn’t get it.

My grandmother was a prayer warrior.  I grew up secure in the knowledge that she prayed for me every day, whether I wanted it or not.  When she passed, I worried that she wasn’t there to pray for my own children.

The weight of that responsibility felt heavy on my shoulders. I felt incredibly inadequate compared to my grandmother. [Read more…]

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