What’s up with all the intensity lately?

What’s up with all the intensity lately?

Dear Mama,

Have you been feeling all the intensity lately?  Lots of deep emotions, strong feelings, crazy reactions are floating around.  I’ve been experiencing lots of this, my clients have, too and I wonder if you’re in the same boat as well.

In my latest episode of The Mama Show, I explain what’s up and what you can do to stay more balanced.  It’s a short one, but powerful.

Watch it here!

Sending you lots and lots of love!


The reason you haven’t heard from me in a while

The reason you haven’t heard from me in a while


Dear Mama,

Do you wonder why you haven’t heard from me in a while?

Here’s why: on top of life being very intense on many levels, my computer broke down.

So I did what  good life coach would do: dig in, feel and explore all the feelings that have been coming up, take care of myself, and transform.

And transform I did. I feel like I’ve been in a chrysalis, where the caterpillar turns to mush before it emerges as a butterfly.  It’s been hard, but also incredibly good for soul growth.

Also, I made a new episode of my “Mama Show” series, to talk about some of this and give you some support and inspiration if you’re also feeling all this intensity, but guess what?

My computer broke.  Yup, it broke, and I lost everything I had on it, including the project I’ve been working on for y’all.

So that was another reason I had to allow myself to be turned into caterpillar/butterfly soup inside of my little cocoon.

It’s all good though, truly, because I have the tools and the support I need to navigate these stormy waters, and I’m so glad for them (for the tools and support, not the stormy waters).

If you need support, please talk with me. Book a free session to see how I can help.

In the meantime, I want to remind you of the most important thing right now:

Self care, self care, self care.

I wrote a blog post last year about making rose water for a nurturing bath in the tub, and it’s so super easy that I want to share it with you here.  My roses have been blooming their little butts off here at our homestead, so it’s perfect time!

Read the blog post here.

So, darling, as always: be kind to yourself, especially in these crazy times with all this intense energy hitting us.

Much love,


PS: There’s still time to sign up for our “NOURISH YOUR SOUL” retreat at our homestead in August!

Happy Mother’s Day – and every day is mother’s day!

Happy Mother’s Day – and every day is mother’s day!

Dear Mama,

Happy Mother’s day!!!

I have a tiny little bit of a prejudice about Mother’s Day.  I believe that we should celebrate the momentous task of motherhood every day – not with flowers and chocolate, but with acknowledging ourselves, by giving ourselves breaks, by attending to self care.

Here is a blog post I wrote about this a couple of years ago, where I also talk about the shitty myth of martyrdom, where we women thing we need to sacrifice our own needs for the needs of our family.

Click here to read it.  Plus, there are baby goat pictures, so how could you resist?

The Mama Show – Get healthy and sane! I’ll show you how. Also: goat babies.

The Mama Show – Get healthy and sane! I’ll show you how. Also: goat babies.

Dear Mama,

So many of us mothers are dealing with stressed adrenals and thyroid.  You might not even know you have adrenal or thyroid problems, but you probably do if you are experiencing some or all of these symptoms:

  • Chronic emotional and mental stress
  • bad sleep
  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • overwhelm
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • auto-immune diseases
  • hormonal imbalances
  • weight gain.

In this little movie, I show you the cure: get baby goats.

No, I’m just kidding!!!  I mean, snuggling baby goats does help me, but there are other ways to heal yourself.

Watch this movie, and if you want to get the book I mention, click here to order the book.

When you are done watching this, let me know what your experience is with adrenals and thyroid in the comments below!

Pleasure breaks

Last week, I felt myself get shaky.  Shaky in an emotional way, where overwhelm hits you and you get all adrenal-y.  Does that ever happen to you?

I was launching my new website, homeschooling my three kids, getting the garden ready, coaching my clients, and trying to crank out some reasonably healthy meals in the meantime.  I mean, how often can you serve Mac and Cheese for dinner?

The stuff I was doing is all stuff I love doing, but I realized I had pushed myself too hard getting this website done.  I’m a nature girl, and sitting in front of the computer in all my spare time wasn’t doing much for my sanity.

Fortunately, my friend sent me an email with the perfect reminder, and I want to pass it on to you.

How about this idea: Take pleasure breaks every hour.

Now if that sounds like too much effort, too much luxury, too much work even, hang in there with me for a second.

I’m not talking about taking a long bath, or getting a massage, or going on a coffee date with a girlfriend. Although this would be nice, I’m talking about something much, much simpler, and much quicker.

Here’s the deal: Every hour, take one minute (or more!) to do something that brings you pleasure.

So of course now you need to figure out what brings you pleasure, which might not be too hard to figure out.

What makes you smile?

What feels good to you?

What raises your vibration?

For me, it might be getting up from the computer to take a nice, deep breath and stretch, yawning loudly, wiggling my bootie, possibly belching out the tune to “Sound of Music”. Yes, it results in strange looks from my family members and dogs, but who cares?

It might mean stepping outside, taking a nice gulp of air and looking at the mountains.

Maybe it’s recalling a fun memory and basking in it for a minute.

How about giving gratitude? That’s a big one for me. When I feel particularly whiny about having to do laundry (which I hate, hate, hate to do), it helps to acknowledge the sucky feeling that comes up when I have to do yet another load of &%#@ laundry, and then give gratitude for having a washer and dryer, and indeed, for having a roof over my head to house the washer and dryer in.  And running hot water is nice.

Another sure pleasure-inducer is petting my little woofy dog and kissing him up. He likes it, too, so that’s a plus. Mama wins, pooch wins.

There are lots of scientifically validated studies out there to prove the effectiveness of this (not just about petting dogs, but the whole pleasure break thing).

Taking pleasure breaks boosts your seratonin and dopamine levels, decreases stress, enhances your brain and increases productivity and happiness.

Damn! Right? So if you have to set your timer to go off every hour, go for it. For the technologically more inclined, you will even find an app for it.

So can we all try to do this, maybe just for one day? See what happens.

Also, if you want to go really pro on this, make a collage or vision board of what brings you pleasure. Cut out stuff from all the magazines you don’t have time to read, draw something, write stuff down.

And for an extra bonus, leave a comment here to tell us what kinds of things you are going to do for your pleasure breaks. It will be fun getting ideas from you!

Have a great week!

Onward, with pleasure!



What’s keeping you from self care?

What’s keeping you from self care?

This is my first episode of “The Mama Show” – a short little movie clip I made about self care, and to inspire you to take action.

After watching it, leave a comment below to share one step you will take this week to tap into your self care!