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Waiting for the Storm to Pass Fake it till you make it.  Keep your head up.  Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain. All those things.  Right?  You know what I’m talking about?  Sometimes putting one foot in front of the other sets all things in motion.  Inspiration breeds inspiration.  Right?! One Hell of a Year So, let’s back up.  It’s been a minute since …

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Working from home is a great way to stay home with your kids while still supplementing the family’s income (try blogging – read this post here to learn more).  Since I’m working from home four days a week this is a topic that is important for me to get out there.  On the flipside, it can be challenging to be mother and employee at the same time. Your stress level will rise quickly when working …

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The Complete Mama by Carlye Pina - 10M ago

With it being so freaking cold out lately, I’ve been on a soup kick.  Really, I’ve had homemade lentil soup for lunch every day this week.  We had leek and cauliflower soup for dinner on Monday.  And we started this week of soups on Sunday with vegetarian chili.  Apparently, I’m also on a meatless/sort of vegan, but no on purpose, kick.  I just really love plant-based protein.  I feel lighter, more clear, happy when I …

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In my blog the other night I wrote about grit. A few blogs ago I wrote about optimism. Writing about something and practicing the things you write about are two different things. I’d love to say that I’m always practicing. I’m not. But, what I am doing is always trying to practice. One of the ways I do this is by writing. And the reason I’m able to write is that I’m becoming friends with …

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The Complete Mama by Thecompletemama - 1y ago

I recently discussed optimism. And grit. Relentless optimism, relentless grit to be specific. Really you cannot, or should not, have one without the other. Because here’s the thing; life is hard and the only way to survive it is with your head up constantly looking on the bright side, while always being capable of kicking ass. Grit. It’s not easy to acquire. It takes heartbreak and practice.   It requires any ego you had to vacate. …

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I’ve thought a lot lately, for various reasons, about what I really want to teach my kids. I don’t want to control every little thing they do. First, that’s exhausting. Second, more importantly, it’s just not effective. My kids have to fail and struggle and piss me off to learn. As a good friend reminded me, I’m not raising “good kids” but “good adults”. I really want my kids to be productive members of society. …

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How do you do it? Not crawl up in a ball and hide when it’s really tough? How do you keep your wits about you? Practice grace? Humility? Yes, you. I’m asking you. I sure as fuck do not have the answers. I’m sorry. The thing is I’m not sure I’m doing any of it right. This whole stepmom thing. This mom thing. How does anyone know if they’re doing it right? There’s no barometer. …

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Here’s the thing, parenthood, motherhood, step-parenthood… it’s all really fucking lonely at times. When I became an instant mom I whipped out my whiny asshole card a lot. “Woe is me, nobody understands my situation.” “I just wish I could go to the bar with friends and wake up hungover without tiny humans crawling on me.” It’s the classic, “if I knew then, what I know now” conundrum. Only here’s the thing, as I’ve learned, …

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  Breast vs bottle.  Co-sleeping: yes or no? Cry it out or rock them to sleep?  How the heck do I know?  I am not a psychologist.  Nor do I hold anything even closely resembling a medical degree.  This post will not answer any of those questions for you.  Because here is what I do know: the only person who knows what the f&#k is best… is you. Still with me?  Good.  I apologize for …

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This post won’t be what you thought.  It is about bullying.  But it’s more so about how the term “bullying” has gotten out of hand.  And how that is doing our kids a disservice. The term “bullying” has become such a hot button.  And quite honestly it should be in terms of having zero tolerance for such behavior.  This is one place where I think social media has helped us as parents and educators.  We …

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