Random musings of a mother gone mad

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The Weapons We Use Against Our Own Selves

Posted by on Oct 3, 2012 in More | 0 comments

One of my favorite quotes is from Dr. Maya Angelou: “when you know better, you do better.” It resonates deeply with me, so I have done a lot of thinking about what it really means and here’s what it means, to me: Forgiveness. In other words, it doesn’t mean, when you know better, you should beat yourself up for not having known better sooner. It’s not supposed to be yet another opportunity to admonish yourself for having done it “wrong”; instead, you offer yourself compassion for having done it in a...

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I Am a Blast at Parties

Posted by on Sep 21, 2012 in Life Coach | 0 comments

I Am a Blast at Parties

Every once in a while I get the most sought-after, incredible invitation in the mail. It’s to one of those fancy shmancy parties, where I can get all excited and involved and distracted. It’s an experience like no other, where everyone agrees with everything I say, they put their arms around me and tell me I’m absolutely right, about everything. All eyes are on me. And you all know by now that it’s all about me (except when it’s about you).  It’s a party where I am the guest of honor. I even get to wear a...

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Does Your Anger Need A Hug?

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in More | 3 comments

Today’s guest post is by Katie McClain, author of a brand new book called: How to Tame Your Thought Monster; Create Happiness and Success with Your Kids, designed to help parents “coach” their kids through their fears.  I started my business about a year ago. My Thought Monster started up with me almost immediately. The Thought Monster is that little voice in your head that tells you not to take risks, not to try new things, not to go beyond your comfort zone. Mine is named Arabella; she’s tiny and terribly...

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Bite Me!

Posted by on Sep 7, 2012 in Life Coach | 0 comments

Bite Me!

Does your food talk to you? That’s what I thought. Why oh why do we give power to inanimate objects? Food can’t talk — it doesn’t have lips!  When we say things like, “the cupcake was calling my name,” we hand our power over to the cupcake.  Oh, and another thing: food is not your friend. Nope, sorry, food is NOT your friend, Silly! It doesn’t tell jokes, it can’t comfort you: It doesn’t have arms, for goodness sakes.  Oh dear. I understand. That can be difficult to accept....

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This is what doing nothing looks like. Do it.

Posted by on Aug 18, 2012 in Life Coach | 1 comment

This is what doing nothing looks like. Do it.

— — — — — Hey… it’s the weekend, and I’m in disguise because I don’t want anyone to find me. I’m enjoying some ‘me’ time, which basically means I’m just sitting here, in a seemingly vegetative state, not doing anything. I’m fighting those thoughts that try to convince me I’m being unproductive, lazy, and ineffective. Instead, I’m trying to embrace it. I don’t want to read, do yoga, meditate, go for a walk, or think about penguins. I...

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Things Go Better With Broccoli

Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in Life Coach | 10 comments

Things Go Better With Broccoli

Everyone in my family makes fun of me because I serve broccoli with everything. I don’t understand it because I think this makes me the Best Worst Mother OF ALL TIME. I figure it this way: no matter how junky the food my kids may be eating, broccoli cancels out the ill effects. That’s how powerful broccoli is. It trumps everything. It’s a Ninja food. (FYI: whenever you put the word ‘Ninja’ in front of something it elevates it to a very high level, as in:I wear Ninja lip gloss; I write a Ninja blog. I think Ninja...

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Fat: noun, adjective, or F-word?

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in More | 5 comments

Fat. Ohhhhhhhh.  That’s a bad word. Do you hate it? Don’t say hate or your mother will faint.  Don’t say fat or your mother will __________.  Here’s what Kirstie Alley said after she decided to get real about her, um, fat: I was really tired of words like ‘plus size,’ ’round’ and ‘large.’ I thought, ‘Come on, we’re fat.’ I recently had a conversation with someone whom I love dearly. She says she hates the word fat, especially to describe her ass. She says it...

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Hey Fat Ass

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in Life Coach | 0 comments

Hey Fat Ass

Is your ass fat? I don’t mean fat fat, I mean fat. As in… fat. You knowwwwww what I mean, right?  Hey… don’t get all cheeky with me. This is not a trick question. Are you fat? Or do you prefer to say you’re “heavy” or “overweight” or skinnyfat? Maybe you have just a little fat. Do you have fat cheeks? Do you still have babyfat? Do you have fat fingers? How about your handbag… is it fat? When’s the last time you told a big fat lie? Or went to a big fat Greek wedding? Fat. fAt....

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What a Good Mother Does for Summer Vacation

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in Life Coach | 0 comments

What a Good Mother Does for Summer Vacation

***this is one of my personal favorites because, for a moment there, I actually believed I was The Best Mother Ever! This morning I awoke with a spring in my step. Literally. There was an actual spring–one of those little thingys you find inside a ballpoint pen to make the pen click in and out–lodged in my foot. Owwww. As I tried to catch myself from falling head-first into the laundry basket, I recalled being taught that the best way to fall was to relax the body, tuck the head in, and roll. All I remember next is that I was...

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Losing Someone You Love

Posted by on Jun 24, 2012 in More | 3 comments

A dear friend of mine lost her mother this week. Her mom had hung on for so long. But it wasn’t until my friend told her mother that it was okay for her to go, that she (her daughter) would be okay, that her mom was finally able to let go, in peace. This took my breath away. I used to be terrified of death and dying and losing the ones I love. If I let the thought take hold, I could keep myself up all night, picking out coffins, imagining myself in complete and utter despair; and then at the cemetery I would… See what I mean? I am much...

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