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Stay Centered in a Hectic World | mostly mindful mommy

GPS for the Soul: Stay Centered in a Hectic World

I’m thrilled to now be a blogger on The Huffington Post’s GPS for the Soul! In addition to being one of the lifestyle sections, GPS for the Soul is also an app for both iOS and Android. Here’s what it’s all about:

HuffPost’s GPS for the Soul app is based on two truths about human beings. First: We all have a centered place of wisdom, harmony and balance within us. Second: We’re all going to veer away from that place, again and again and again. What we need is a great course-correcting mechanism — a GPS for the Soul — to help us find our way back to that centered place, from which everything is possible.

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8 Minutes of Awesome

As soon as I registered for the Wisdom2Business conference in September, I was excited I’d be meeting a group of people who were passionate about changing the world in the same ways I am. Little did I know I’d have a chance to connect with one of them so quickly!

I met Jennifer in the Facebook group for the conference. As soon as I landed on her 8 Minutes of Awesome page and read the mission “you are limitless. you are powerful. you are amazing” I had to know more. I watched video after video and was humbled and excited when she asked to interview me.

The moment we first “met” over Skype I was as comfortable talking with her as if I’d rediscovered an old friend. No doubt I have.

Watch my interview with Jennifer Lipski of 8 Minutes of Awesome and My MetaWorld!


 

Thanks again, Jennifer, for the opportunity to share my story and my message with a new audience!

 

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Be Happier Today By Asking Yourself These 3 Questions

Be Happier Today By Asking Yourself These 3 Questions | mostly mindful mommy

What if I told you that simply by asking yourself 3 questions each day, you’d be a happier person – would you want to know what those 3 questions were?

You don’t just have to take my word for it either. ACTUAL SCIENTISTS are now studying the science of happiness! In 1998 the field of Positive Psychology was born out of the realization that while we were spending lots of time researching how to fix our brains (understanding how to treat things like anxiety and depression to get us back to a baseline of normal) no one was researching how to enhance our brains – to improve from our baseline!

Here’s what they found – HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE.

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The Trouble with Labels

The Trouble with Labels (and how to avoid them) | mostly mindful mommyQuick, think of 3 words used to describe you as a child. Even if all 3 are positive, they may have affected you more than you know.

HOW WE ARE

When we label our children, we’re telling them who we expect them to be. They may feel they don’t have permission to not meet those expectations. Have you ever said any of these things?

“You’re such a chatterbox, why so quiet today?”

“You sure are serious today. That’s not like you.”

“I know that’s not really your thing.”

You may be thinking to yourself “Okay, I may label my children, but I don’t actually say it out loud so it doesn’t count.”

But it does.

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5 Things Most People Don’t Know About Mindful Parenting

5 Things Most People Don't Know About Mindful Parenting | mostly mindful mommy

Mindful parenting is the act of bringing your purposeful, non-judgmental awareness to everyday parenting situations. It’s about seeing your children as they are in the present moment, not as you want them to be. The most powerful aspect of mindful parenting is cultivating the ability to choose your reactions instead of reacting from habits and old patterns. Conscious interactions with your children fosters deeper connections, leading to happier families! Sounds pretty great, right?

As the terms “mindfulness” and “mindful parenting” are becoming buzzwords, misconceptions of the terms can turn people off from these concepts entirely. Me, personally? I just want to avoid projecting my own “stuff” on to my kids, and the concepts of mindful parenting help me avoid that, or at least to be more aware of it when I’m doing it!

Since I want you to take a shot at parenting mindfully so you can discover first-hand just how life-changing it can be for you and your family, I’m going to let you in on a few things.

 
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Not enough time in the day? Check again!

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I used to be one of the most organized (read: inflexible) people you’d ever meet. Each and every item on my to-do list needed to be done each day. I’d stay up until all hours to the detriment of romantic relationships and friendships to complete my “responsibilities”. I couldn’t handle a single deviation to my routine. Happy hour after work? Can’t, sorry. I was already planning to go to the gym.

Thank goodness I let go of those neurotic habits out before becoming a mother. Or at least I thought I had.

One day just after I’d returned to work from maternity leave, I was lamenting to my husband about how little time I had to play with my daughter between picking her up from daycare and when she was falling asleep. He pointed out to me, quite diplomatically, that I spent my first 25 minutes in the house freezing my pumped breastmilk from the day, cleaning all the pump parts and bottles, labeling her empty bottles for daycare the next day.. you get the idea. Continue reading

5 Tips for Using Technology Mindfully: Parent’s Edition

5 Tips for Using Technology Mindfully: Parent's Edition! | mostly mindful mommy

Yes, we’ve all heard it before. Have a “no technology day” by turning off all your computers, phones, TVs, and tablets for a full day and just being present! I get it. It’s beautiful, when we can do it. But let’s get real – that’s not our day to day lives! What’s more valuable is learning how to use technology in a more mindful manner. So let’s go a bit deeper, shall we?

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3 Priceless Things to Leave Your Child

3 Priceless Things to Leave Your Child (that cost next to nothing!)

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I became obsessed with the idea of leaving her a legacy. We bought a baby book and we’ve actually been pretty happy with it. However, I’m also so meticulous that I set reminders to peruse the baby book to see if it needs to be updated. I’ve seen my share of half-completed baby books, including both my own and my husband’s, and I was determined to leave my daughter something meaningful, yet more personal and low-maintenance than a baby book (just in case I ever ditch the whole “meticulously organized” gig. Also note that term applies only to my list of tasks, not my home, closet, or pretty much anything else in my world). Here are a few of the things I’ve done so far:

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