Dear pregnant mama,

May 3rd, 2015

I know how you want to chronicle the joy in your heart right now. I also know how challenging a consistent journaling practice can be. I hear you. I’m listening.

I began journaling my experiences and writing a series of letters to my son when I was pregnant. Keeping that journal really helped me prepare for his arrival. I discovered a greater sense of love, joy, and gratitude each time I picked up my pen. Writing helped ease my doubts and fears. My heart opened wide. That journal is one of my most treasured keepsakes today. We’re talking grab-it-if-the-house-is-burning-down! And I want to guide you, so that you can put your pen to paper in the most heart-felt, gratifying, and consistent way as you prepare for your child, too.

That’s what this powerful new 6-week eCourse and paper kit is all about!

pregnancy journaling ecourse

Receive meaningful lessons and transformative guidance via email four times per week, so that you can develop a powerful and consistent journaling practice. Write a series of love letters to your unborn baby. Keep track of things you need to arrange for parenthood. And document your thoughts and feelings during pregnancy.

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Lessons are packed with content: PDF journal pages of thought provoking writing prompts, true stories (personal and otherwise), peeks in journals (including my pregnancy journal), inspiring motivation, photo challenges, documentation ideas, and suggested reading.

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Course begins Monday, May 18.

And because you are my friends, even if we’ve never met face-to-face, I have a special Mother’s Day gift for you:

Pre- course enrollment discount: 20% off!

I hope you join me or can share the heart-felt experience of this course with a pregnant mom you love.

Anne Frank on keeping a diary

April 28th, 2015

anne frank on writing a journal

Have you ever shrugged and thought, “My story’s not interesting. Nobody wants to hear it.” Those exact words might not be exactly what formed in your head. Something tells me that you’ve thought something along these lines, though. I think we all have. I think we all get into our rhythms of getting up and going about our days so much, that the things we do no longer seem fascinating, unique, or remotely interesting.

I first had this breakthrough about my own life in 2009. My husband, Martin, was teaching me how to fly a 4-seat airplane. Every morning, I got up and began my routine–a series of events that pretty much repeated themselves for the entire summer: Pre-flight plane. Go flying with Martin, practicing maneuvers and techniques. Land. Take off. Land. Eat breakfast. Pull out textbook. Ground school. Blog what I was experiencing.

It’s incredible how our seemingly ordinary experiences can actually be quite extraordinary when we look at the grand scheme of the world.

Your story is wanted and needed in our world. You might be so thick in the routine and craziness of everyday things that you don’t see the extraordinary. That’s totally okay. You’re just going to have to trust me on this. Listen to the gut that wants you to write. And start.

Beauty in interrupting your daily routine

April 20th, 2015

Stand near an elementary school’s doors just as class gets out. Don’t stand too close–you’re likely to get trampled! Kids are dashing to the swing set, the waiting school bus, the soccer field, their moms’ cars, or no where in particular. Coats are getting tugged. Backpacks are flung. Shouts. Squeals. Constant chatter. Just the thought of all that chaos makes me feel a little exhausted. You too?

It’s kind of ironic, though, because if I were to step back from my own life, I do believe I’d be seeing the exact same type of whirlwind–running errands, working, washing clothes, cleaning the kitchen, attending appointments … I thought my lifestyle was “simple.” My home in an airplane hangar is very small. Huh. I thought I strove to live in less chaos so that I could embrace everyday beauty. How did I forget that in all this busyness of my routine?

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Okay, I actually know exactly how I let things get out of control. One thing just lead to another. I kept adapting and adding one more thing to my lives. Sometimes, we forget to subtract what we don’t need. Just like our homes need a good decluttering sometimes, our daily lives can often use one, too.

These are ways I regularly check back in to shed some of the hectic:

1. Go away.

Spending a weekend out of town is a magical formula. So are vacations. (The picture above was from a longer getaway that my husband and I enjoyed before our son was born.) Will you still be working? Probably. But so many of the day-to-day things you normally deal with will be gone. You might actually spent less time working but produced better results. The same goes for personal things. Laundry still has to be done. Dishes still need to be washed. But you won’t have bills, knocks on the door, appointments, commitments, or schedules like you have at home. Now as a parent, even a family weekend just at my parents’ house does wonders. That’s when I start thinking. “Hey, that process doesn’t work as well as it could. What could I do better? What could I eliminate?”

2. Remember passions.

What makes you feel alive? What makes you happy when you pause to do it? Those fun things are the first items we eliminate when life is busier, aren’t they? When’s the last time you crafted, went to a movie, or attended a class?

Pencil them into your week. Not your day. Your week. Trust me. If you want something to happen, you have to tell yourself that you have time for it. The unimportant busy things will find a way to disappear.

3. Celebrate exactly who and where you are.

I’ll tell you a secret. The best way for me to tune into what I really need is to journal. I use a writing prompt journal from Gadanke to really focus on intentional writing and thinking. Blank pages can often lead me into a rabbit hole of lengthy descriptions of what’s wrong in my world. We all need a space to celebrate ourselves, where we’ve come from, and where we’re going. Right now, I’m using this introspective journal.

Life would be very plain if we were all the same. How would we find excitement during the first glimmers of connection with a stranger or soon-to-be love if our hearts were molded identically? Where would we begin to dream? Ultimately, that’s the most important thing. Sometimes, all that chaos is us trying to what we think we’re supposed to do.

The only thing you’re supposed to do is your very best, and that’s however you define it.