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A Terrible, Awful, Wonderful, Amazing Thing Happened

I got a tweet from Lauren Ferrara telling me she wanted me to speak about mindful parenting on the local evening news. A spot on the news is something I’ve been visualizing, even going so far as to start a media 1-pager I’d never found the time to pitch. Here was the opportunity I’d been hoping for, landing right in my lap!

You may be wondering, “So where’s the terrible, awful part?” As those of you who know me personally or have been following my blog for a while already know, I struggle with a fear of public speaking. I’ve been tackling this fear for almost a year now and still my initial reaction was that perhaps I should ignore her because I was afraid.

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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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I Have a Confession to Make…

Join me for the #mostlymindful10! | mostly mindful mommy

Last Wednesday I embarked on a trip to the Wisdom 2.0 Business conference, my first visit to NYC in over 12 years. The first time I’d be away from my daughter for more than a single night. My first mindfulness conference. Many firsts I faced alone, as I knew no one who would be there (but this didn’t matter for long).

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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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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

The One Thing You Can Do That Will Transform Your Child’s Future

The One Thing You Can Do That Will Transform Your Child’s Future | mostly mindful mommyI was not a shy kid. I loved to dance, sing, and ask LOTS of questions – in front of anyone who would listen. Then one day my mom asked me to call and order pizza and I was suddenly terrified at the thought of speaking to the stranger who would be on the other end of the line.

I dialed, and immediately hung up. Mom made it clear that there would be no pizza if I didn’t order it, and I was able to make the call.

Later that week, it happened again. She asked me to take some birthday cake over to the neighbors, and I was afraid to. Afraid they wouldn’t want it. Afraid they would think I was dumb for bringing it over. I was 8 years old, and already beginning to fear rejection from others on a daily basis. She made me do it anyway (I left the cake on their front doorstep, rang the doorbell, and ran. But it counts!).

It wasn’t until I was in my first month on the job in corporate america that I fully appreciated what my mother had done for me. I spent my entire DAY emailing people I didn’t know, calling strangers on the phone, and delegating tasks in meetings to people I’d never met, yet none of it was the slightest bit uncomfortable for me. It was then that I realized: by giving me no choice but to face my fears my mother saved me years of social anxiety.

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