If I rewrote my vows today…

Today my husband and I have been married for 4 years; it’s our anniversary! 4 years ago at this time I was taking photos with my fiancé and my bridal party, and wishing that we had planned the ceremony for earlier in the day so that we could already be married and riding off into…

The Journey to Conceive

My husband and I recently announced our second pregnancy! We were so blessed to tell our families and friends on our daughters first birthday, sharing the joy of the milestone and the joy of our pregnancy all together. But, for anyone who has been through the season of ‘trying’, you know that the days, weeks, and…

Taking A Break

A few weeks ago I took a week off from seeing my friends. Immediately following that, I took a short break from social media as well. Here’s why: I hang out with 3-5 friends a week, having coffee, chatting and doing the mom thing together. That’s a lot of friend time, I know. But for…

Holding Space

Holding space…It’s uncomfortable, yes. But it’s what helps us stay motivated by empathy and put our commonalities first, and it keeps us from being motivate day hatred and fear, and being blinded by our differences.

Podcasts I’m Loving Right Now

I love podcasts! l;.My husband got me hooked onto them about 2 years ago, during my pregnancy, and I’ve b ben listening to them pretty much daily every since! When I was pregnant, it was so nice to hear other moms talk about their pregnancies, deliveries, and lives with newborns. Then after having Jessa, I…

You Can Never Go Back

My husband and I went away overnight for the first time since having our daughter this last weekend, and it was weird. Don’t get me wrong, it was fun! It was relaxing. It was romantic. It was totally worth the anxiety of leaving my first baby for the first time in her first year. But…

my intentions for 2017

If you follow me on Instagram, I’ve been talking a lot lately about my intentions for 2017. I’ve also shared what resolution I will be keeping OFF my list for 2017, and you can read more about that here and here! I think New Year’s Resolutions can be super helpful, and fun! For me it’s motivating to have things I…

I’m not going to make losing weight a goal in 2017. Here’s why:

I’m starting to wonder, what would happen if we gave up this preoccupation with our bodies? What would we do with all of that time, energy, and money? Are women, collectively, doing something worthwhile by being so focused on our bodies, our vehicles for this life? Or are we wasting our resources by treating our bodies as ornaments instead of instruments? What would it look like for a group of women to get together and not have one word spoken about negative self image, or weight, or what they’re doing to look so good? What if we NEVER spoke another word about how fat we are, and instead used our words to change the world, and raise our children to have positive body image and balanced views on health and wellness?

You are in charge of your own happiness.

I’ve been reading The Gifts of Imperfection (the tiniest book ever) for the last few months, and it has taught me a few things in my journey towards authenticity: resilience is key in wholehearted living, we have to let ourselves feel things (without judgement) in order to move past them, and that hope is learned. Let me explain…

Dear JJ,

I love you. And I enjoy you. In every season and stage. And even though we’re having a hard week, (which could turn into two weeks, or a month – Lord have mercy), doesn’t change my love for you. Some parts of motherhood are so, so hard. But they teach me to keep my heart open, to hold the tension between the hard days and the picture perfect days, and to give us both as much grace as I can. The greatest thing I could ever do for you as your mom is give myself grace, and let go of those feelings of being unqualified, of failing, let go of the mom guilt. And if you’re reading this my girl, and you’re a mom yourself now too, I hope you can do the same.

Disagreeing, together.

How do you deal with people who disagree with you? Whether it’s online or IRL, if you have any strong opinions (or a pulse), someone is going to disagree with you on something at some point. Sometimes respectfully, sometimes not. And you know what? I don’t like it! I don’t like it one bit. It’s uncomfortable, and…

He sees you

Last week, I went to a community church service, and ended up weeping as the guest speaker looked right into my heart and said the words I didn’t know I needed to hear. Right in the thick of sleep training, I had gone to church by myself to take a break (ha) because I was going nuts…