Dear Anxiety Medication, Thank You!

A year ago, I was diagnosed with anxiety and started taking medication. Up until that point, I’d spent the year focusing on becoming the best version of myself through self care and rediscovering who I am as an individual. Having a more positive attitude and taking care of my own needs before anyone else’s had made a huge difference. But I can honestly say that adding a tiny white pill to my morning routine has made the biggest difference when combined with all of the efforts that I was making and continue to make.

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My Word of the Year for 2019

A new year doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop working on myself. I’m going to continue a lot of the habits that I created this past year and create new ones to continue to work toward becoming a better me. While I continue the habits that I started this past year, I want to shift my focus and work on being more intentional in other areas of my life. Last year I let my word inspire my goals and the way I lived and I can honestly say that it made a difference in my life. I’m really excited to see how the word that I’ve chosen for this year affects who I am as a person and how I interact with the world around me.

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Eight Years Ago....

Five years ago I wrote our love story in more depth across a series of posts. I had a lot of fun reminiscing on the early days of our relationship as I read through those posts the other day. It felt like the perfect time to bring those posts back to the surface and share them with those of you who might not have read them before.

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30 in my 30's Bucket List

A few years ago I started a 30 by 30 bucket list, with so many other 20 somethings out there, but I never finished compiling mine and consequently, never completed it either. Over the last year, as I’ve been working on becoming a better version of myself, I decided I wanted to accomplish some things that I’ve always talked about doing but haven’t ever done. I created this bucket list of 30 things that I want to do in my 30’s. To me, having 10 years to complete everything seemed less overwhelming and it allowed me to dream a bit bigger but still reach for the low hanging fruit that I know I’ll enjoy as well. I had a lot of fun coming up with this list and I know I will have even more fun crossing things off of it.

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Things I Do Regularly for My Mental Health

When I decided to work on myself this year, I didn’t realize that my mental health was going to play such a huge role in how I felt overall. This summer I was diagnosed with anxiety, another story for another day, and that diagnosis has made all the difference in my life these past three months! Beyond taking medication regularly, I’m more mindful and aware of my emotions and the feelings that anxiety brings up. I have been able to pep talk myself out of feelings of overwhelm that show up for no good reason and threaten to ruin my day. I’m also more intentional about what I do with my time each day and have noticed that the things I do combat my anxiety almost better than the medication that my doctor prescribed.

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Five Ways I've Invested in Myself this Year

At the beginning of this year, I decided that I was going to make it a year when I made myself a priority. Over the past few years, I’ve lost myself in pursuit of being the best wife, mom, employee, student, friend, daughter, sister, etc. that I can be. It was by no fault of the people in my life, I only have myself to blame. I’d put my own care on the back burner and ended up in a rut that I felt like I couldn’t get out of. I’ve done a lot to invest in myself this year and to be the best me that I can be. It probably comes as no surprise that as I’ve become a better version of myself, I'm better in the other roles that I fill in my life as well.

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How to Build Your Own Quick and Easy 72 Hour Kit

I know just how overwhelming it can be to find a list that includes everything you really need in your 72 hour kit and then find all of those things and purchase them at a decent price. There's a reason that it took me almost seven years to get this project completed. I have felt completely confident in what I put together and am glad that I chose to invest in the items that I did. This kit took me just an hour or so to pull together and I know that we are prepared to grab our things and go, if we never needed to.

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The End of a Chapter - More Changes for Our Family

Joe has been mowing other people's lawns since he was eight years old. When I first met him, back in high school, he was running Joe's Lawn Care and he mowed the lawn of the family who I babysat for so I got to see him in action quite often. When last year's season ended, we knew that we had some decisions to make before the next season started. Joe was considering upgrading his truck and adding a second crew to mow during the day, while his high school employees were in class. We also considered having him quit his full time job and grow Mow Joe full time with a small crew.

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Why I Quit My Job to Stay Home Full Time

If you haven't heard already, I put in my notice of resignation at work last month and have been home full-time for two weeks now. I've mentioned it on Instagram a few times and shared the news with my newsletter subscribers, but I've had a few people ask me to share more about my decision to quit and everything that went into it and that's something that I want to share, so I wrote this post for those of you who have asked (and those of you who haven't).

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Six Relationship Memories from our Six Years of Marriage

Today we are celebrating six years of marriage. Tonight we plan on celebrating our family's "birthday" with the kids, going to dinner and doing something fun. This weekend we have plans for just the two of us. We are excited to celebrate our marriage by spending quality time with our little family and with each other. In honor of the occasion, I decided to share a few of my most favorite memories from our time together.

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Welcome to Married Life - It's 2017

If you read my last Welcome to Married Life post, I have an update for you. I purchased Eggos for Joe and while I still feel like they are different than waffles, they are delicious! I almost feel like they're a more pastry like feel than the waffles that I make though, they're crispy and airy and so perfectly yummy! They became a staple in our household because they're quick, easy and I know that everyone will eat them.

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Why I Miss Our Time in the NICU

It has been seven months since we left the NICU but I still think about it often. Is it weird to say that I miss that place? How could someone miss having half of your heart at home with the toddler and the other half in the hospital with your tiny little one? Those three weeks were definitely some of the hardest in our lives but also some of the best. I cried more tears during those weeks than I have at any other time in my life, and while some of them were tears of anger, frustration or sadness, quite a few of them were tears of joy.

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Welcome to Married Life - Fall and The Holidays

All day one day in September, Bensen was making noises that sounded like he was beat boxing. I posted it on Snapchat a lot because I was so entertained and then told Joe about it when he got home. It turns out, he was actually chanting. What was he chanting? "Bensen, Bensen, Bensen" in a whispered voice. Joe taught him to chant his own name.... Now he chants his name as he goes down the stairs and randomly throughout the day.

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How We're Working Together to Balance Life at Home with Life in the NICU

For me, the hardest part of having a preemie hasn't been the fact that she is in the NICU. The hardest thing for me those first few days was trying to find a good balance between life at home with Bensen, life in the hospital with Emmy, time with Joe and time spent taking care of myself. There were many tears shed and a lot of guilt while I tried to find that perfect schedule that would allow me to take care of each of the most important people in my life. It still takes a lot of planning and intentionality on a day to day basis to make things work, but for now, we've settled into a really good routine that works for everyone based on our current situation.

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