Here’s What Surprised Me When I Tracked How I Spent All My Time for 2 Weeks

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What Do I Do First When It ALL Seems Important? {Thoughts on Priorities}

Starting about a week and a half after my second child was born, an interesting phenomenon started to happen with alarming frequency– One or both of the kids would be either down for a nap or at preschool, leaving me some much-needed time to “get things done.” Knowing that this precious gift might last for …

How My New Morning Routine is Changing My Life

Why My New Morning Routine Might Just Change My Life Forever

For years I’ve read countless blog posts and magazine articles touting the life-changing magic of set morning routines–from CEOs to famous yogis, prolific writers to politicians, it seemed that everyone was jumping on the morning routine bandwagon, and it made me feel, for awhile, that because my day didn’t start with a green detox smoothie …

Learning to Embrace Plan B

Every fall for the past three years, we’ve made a yearly tradition of going to a local apple orchard as a family. It was part of The Plan that this tradition would be long-standing and annual, with nothing or no one standing in the way of us getting our yearly cider fix and hundreds (!) …

Why I Don’t Do My Best at Everything

I’ve long since thought that our society has a bit of a superhero complex—not only are superhero movies bigger and more popular than ever, but I’ve noticed that even for us “regular humans,” we’re often expected to be “superheroes” in the sense that we put this pressure on ourselves to do everything (and do it amazingly …

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No More Trying To Be Superwoman: The Power of Focus

I have a 40-minute commute each way to my job at the middle school and so, to pass the time, I’ve been listening to audiobooks about how to become rich (since, as a schoolteacher, I’ve got such a great chance of that).  While there have been many similarities among the books (invest young, buy real estate, stay …