No Shame

I hired someone to clean my house. Other than scheduling regular massages, this is the second best thing I’ve done for myself in the last three months.

Shame set up camp as the message that “I should be able keep up with everything and if I can’t, I’m somehow less of a mother, wife, or woman” condemned me.

And then it reared up again when I sought out help.

And now I’m OVER it!!!

Coming home to clean floors, smudge-free glass, and sparkly bathroom fixtures fills me with gratitude and peace! And I love paying another mom—who has a better knack at deep cleaning than me—to do it!

Win-win.

If you haven’t given yourself permission, it’s ok to build things into your life that help you, and that create happiness. It’s not selfish. You are not inept. It doesn’t make you less of a mom, wife, or person!

No shame.

My only regret? That I didn’t do this sooner.

❤️

Reflect: What’s one of the best things you’ve done for yourself? What keeps you from doing more? 

 

Rachel is a Certified Professional Coach with a Masters Degree in Counseling. She coaches professionals through important decisions and relationships so their minds are clear to move forward in life and in business.

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There is so much Right with You








I’ve been hearing this phrase come out of my mouth lately during coaching calls: There is so much right with you.

After this last time I heard it, I decided to sit with it.

There is so much right with you.

Because this phrase has surfaced, it means many people feel there is so much wrong with them. They don’t come out and say the words verbatim, but there is an underlying uncertainty of not doing enough….not doing it well…doing it incorrectly…or guilty of all of the above. (more…)

Handling Emotional Crises during the Holidays








Although “seasons greetings” and “happy holidays” are buzzing right now, this time of year can feel subpar for many.

Desires are at an all time high and department stores don’t miss a beat feeding you full of reasons to buy this or that. The glamour of new purchases flirts with emotion, attaching a bigger-than-life fantasy that somehow buying something will magically lead to a greater state of happiness and satisfaction.

But you and I both know about the disappointment that comes after we’ve chased that thing and secured it. (more…)

Strengthen Relationships––Avoid These Two Damaging Parent Roles








You’re watching it happen––your tween is spending more time with friends, which means you’re losing time and attention to influence and mold your mini-me for their best interest.

Breath easy, mom and dad, you’re still making an impact on your adolescent, but it will take some conscious parenting on your part to keep the door of healthy communication open between the two you.

All in the name of love, parents can slip into two modes of communicating with kids that end up putting a wedge in the relationship.

Here are two roles to watch out for when communicating with your children:

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The U.S. Marine Corps: The most Respected & Revered Fighting Force on Earth








Last week I flew to the west coast to attend a Marine graduation. Before that occasion, I knew little to nothing about the military. You know when you read something but your eyes just skim without making a connection?

From now on, the word Marine will forever stop me in my tracks.

Family

What I learned about honor, courage, and commitment in two days made me hold my own shoulders back, put my chest out a bit, and walk taller. We could all learn from these Leather Necks. These Devil Dogs. These Marines with a capital M. (more…)