thoughts on life

Imperfect Weakness

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Have you ever been embarrassed?  I don't mean doing something embarrassing, like tripping over your own feet or having a piece of toilet paper stuck to your shoe --I think we've all had a few cringe-worthy moments we'd like to forget--but have you ever been intentionally put down or mocked by someone else? A few months [...]

An Attitude of Gratitude

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I'm happy to be contributing over at The Better Mom today! It was one of those days. By 8am I was ready to throw in the towel and the day had only just begun. The whole family seemed to wake up on the wrong side of the bed.  My oldest was upset that I vetoed [...]

5 Things to Do Every. Single. Day.

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In the grand scheme of things, I suppose I'm really not that old yet, but I have to admit, sometimes I look at the world around me and I feel old.  What happened to the "good old days," that time before every moment of our life was consumed by the need to do something or go [...]

6 Things No One Told Us About Being a Caregiver

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It is incredible to me how one blink-of-an-eye moment can drastically impact your life.  Since our car accident two weeks ago we have found ourselves dealing daily with the aftermath.  Beyond the physical pain, there have been claims to file, insurance adjusters to talk to, paperwork to fill out, statements to make, prescriptions to fill, [...]

In the Blink of an Eye

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Life, for the most part, is full of the mundane, the obvious, the expected.  We go about our daily routines, get up, get dressed, eat breakfast, go to work or school, take care of the kids, make dinner, clean up, go to bed. Repeat.  It is easy to become complacent, to take it for granted, [...]

Why We Won’t Let a Village Raise Our Kids

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Earlier this week MSNBC released the following Lean Forward promo : Did you catch that?  Here is what she said: We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities. Once it’s everybody’s responsibility, and [...]

Always In Pursuit {7 Ways to Be More Content}

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A few months ago I shared that our family's theme word for the year is contentment.  After an entire lifetime of wanting to trying to fill my life with beautiful things in the hope that it would bring fulfillment, learning to simply be content with what I have is a huge shift in paradigm. I [...]

How I Get My Kids to Clean Their Room

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I haven’t talked about it much but for the past year or so an epic struggle has been waging in the Soukup household.  It is Mommy versus Kids in the War of the Tidy Room, and while there are still small battles being fought now and then, I can finally say with confidence that I [...]

Just Call Me Superwoman {4 Simple Rules for Managing Your Time}

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 I woke up this past Monday ready to start my week with a bang.  I  had spent the weekend getting caught up after last week’s trip, and by 8am I had already finished my work for the day, returned several neglected emails, handed in a writing assignment, tidied my house, put in a load of [...]

The Process is The Point

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It is always a little rough coming back down to reality after such a fun & motivating getaway.  It's not that I don't love my family or my life in general, but getting to connect with amazing women and be completely inspired while other people fed me delicious food, made my bed, and took care [...]

Whatever

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A couple of weeks ago Princess proudly announced that she already knew what she was going to ask Santa for Christmas next year. “I’m going to ask for a magic wand.”  Trying very hard not to spit out my coffee--an American Girl doll bed was one thing, after all, but this Santa momma was going [...]

And Then I Realized I Was Doing It All Wrong… {Lessons in Homeschooling}

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Last spring, as I prepared to take on this crazy adventure called homeschooling, I read countless books and articles and websites, most of them helpful, a few of them scary, but almost all containing phrases like this: Every homeschool family is unique.  You’ll start out doing one thing and end up someplace completely different.  You [...]

A Season of Hope {Experiencing a Joy-Filled Christmas in an Imperfect World}

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I'm fighting hard to stay joyful this Christmas. To be perfectly honest, there are a lot of things weighing me down. Our schedule--normally busy even on a slow week--has been packed to the gills with Christmas programs and commitments and events and parties, and while most of it is self-inflicted, it sometimes makes my head [...]

What I Won’t Give My Kids For Christmas This Year

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A couple of months ago I wrote about taking all my kids' toys away, and how that experience has fundamentally changed our family and the way we look at stuff.  The response from that post--both positive and negative--was completely overwhelming, like nothing I have every experienced before while writing this blog.  Who knew I could [...]

In Search of Financial Peace: 5 Things I’ve Learned So Far

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When I started this blog, it was not because I was some slick money guru or finance major who wanted to pass on my certified wisdom to the world.  Far from it, actually.  I started this blog because my spending was out of control.  I was unhappy and bored, and my husband and I were [...]

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