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Getting Personal About My Wellness Journey I was honored to be interviewed on The Mompire podcast where I chatted with Ashley Meyer about my personal experience with health and wellness and how it led to my intense passion for helping other moms live their healthiest, happiest and most fulfilled lives.  I don’t often focus on my personal stories on the blog because I truly feel that wellness is a personal journey for everyone. So, sharing my story on a podcast always feels outside of my norm and honestly, a little uncomfortable.  There are so many websites and blogs out there that…

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How to Be More Productive With Your Time

It’s taken me some time to find the right way to work through this day, and as I always say in coaching, everyone is different, so I really don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all solution to staying on task and being more productive, but I have found one particular technique that has worked wonders for my Mondays, and I thought it would be work-sharing with you.   The Pomodoro Technique – A Time Management System If you haven’t heard of the Pomodoro Technique yet, you might be opening up a whole new world of possibilities for yourself. It’s a time management…

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The Modern Challenge for a Modern Working Mom Every mom knows the challenge of working, whether it’s inside or outside the home, raising children and running a household. It always seems like there is never enough time in the day. However, taking the time to be intentional about the time you have can be a great way to make the most of the time you do have. When you know what you want to accomplish, it’s much easier to work towards that goal or end-state. By being intentional about how you spend your time, you are able to spend your…

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What does setting boundaries have to do with wellness

Feeling Guilty for saying “no”? Setting boundaries throughout your life is important, especially as a mom. We all know mom-guilt is a real thing, and without setting some much-needed boundaries, it can quickly get out of hand and start to affect your personal well-being.  When we don’t set boundaries, it can be easy to overextend ourselves, drain all-out energy without time to replenish, feel extra stressed, and even start to get a little resentful.  The next time you start feeling any of these things, ask yourself if there was a boundary missed somewhere.  Start Setting Boundaries NOW As a new…

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How to reignite your career after time off with baby

As you consider what’s next and how to return to the workforce after a baby in a way that works for both you and your family, here are a few considerations that will ensure the process is as painless as possible. You might even find that you love the challenge and the opportunity it presents.   Compassion for Moms Give yourself a break. I sound like a broken record but this sentiment applies to so many situations, especially when parenting young ones. This is a big change and while you might not be 100 percent ready, know that the process…

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Upcoming Workshop for Moms Returning Back to Work After Parental Leave Are you a mom living in the Twin Cities and planning your return back to work after having a baby?  Statistics are showing that more moms than ever before are choosing to return back to work after having a baby, but the support and resources aren’t necessarily following in that trend. Many businesses aren’t aware of the support that is needed for a mom to successfully transition back into her role in the workforce.  If you’re planning your return back to work, you may be feeling overwhelmed or even…

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3 Tips for Managing Your Time with Work and a Baby

How to Time Manage Work and a Baby for New Mothers Hint, hint – it’s about priorities. For those new mamas who feel the end of maternity leave and the return of early morning wakeups and daily showers returning too quickly, these tips will help you prioritize what matters and let go of what doesn’t (hopefully). 1. Planning is key. Spend a bit of time thinking about what your new routine will look like and how you want your day to go. Intentionality is key to setting expectations and managing stress in a new situation. Prior to parenthood, the only…

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The Spiral of an Overwhelmed Working Mom It feels kind of like a “chicken or the egg” scenario, and I get it. If you’re overwhelmed, adding something else to the daily list seems counter-intuitive.  As moms, we tend to have this ability to keep pushing through until we quite literally break. Our ability to ignore our own needs to care for others in almost like a superpower.  And like they say about all other superpowers, with great power comes great responsibility. As moms, it’s so critical that we stay in tune with how much we’re exercising the ability to “push through”. …

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What You Need to Know to Successfully Pump at Work

Returning to work after having a baby is stressful on so many levels. From leaving your little one for the first time to entrusting his or her care in someone else’s hands, and all the prep work that goes into being apart for a minimum of eight hours each workday. Often times, as women we don’t want to come across as demanding or high maintenance so we neglect to ask for what we need. But it’s not about demands. It’s about ensuring you receive the support you need to be successful as both a working woman and a mama. It’s…

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Before I jump into my recommendations, I want to let you know that some of the links below are affiliate links, which means I may earn a small commission for things you purchase directly from those links. Your purchase helps support my work in bringing you real information about health & wellness and keeping my coaching fees reasonably priced.  Do you remember the last time you were really, truly, grateful for something or someone? Beyond the measures of saying “thank you” when someone hands you a napkin, when did you actually take the time to write a note to someone,…

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Feeling Mom Guilt vs. Feeling Mom Pride If it’s hard to even imagine what “mom pride” would feel like instead of “mom guilt”, think about this example.  You just bought your first car and you are so stoked about it. You’ve been saving up for this car and working hard toward being able to buy it, so you feel so proud of your new car. Then, someone comes up to you and says, “Are you feeling sad that you aren’t riding your bike as much?”  Are you going to start feeling guilty about not riding your bike as much? Probably…

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Featured Image | Stay Healthy This Summer for Busy Moms

Summer vs. Healthy Living – Which Will Win?  Following a strict diet and exercise regimen is hard. First and foremost, it’s hard to socialize or even leave the house when you have a set menu and schedule for eating. And how does one feed a family in that situation? Second, the warmer months offer myriad ways to get active while enjoying the beautiful weather. An exercise regime that requires hours in the gyms or logging the miles makes it hard to truly enjoy the carefree nature of summer. It also hinders success. Finally, when adhering to extremes, getting off track…

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When it comes to meal planning for the week, it’s so easy to over-complicate it. We’ve been told by the media and other sources that specific and special rules need to be followed in order to eat healthily. However, if that’s not working for you, it’s okay to start fresh and try a more flexible approach to meal planning. I’ve outlined 10 of my favorite ways to make meal planning quick and easy for the family, while still being healthy and making dinners that we enjoy.   1. Meal Plan with recipes that can accommodate slight variations – If you…

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Girl, Stop Apologizing

1. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business by Charles Duhigg With so much information available about good habits and bad habits, and how they affect our lives, this book was full of research that was interesting and relatable. First and foremost, Duhigg outlines the science behind habits and how you can make changes for the better. For being a research-based book, this was an incredibly quick read, offering lessons I can easily implement into my day-to-day life. 2. The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage by…

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Programs for Weight Loss | The Driven Mama

Weight Loss Programs – Do They Work? In having conversations with my clients who set out a goal to lose weight, we often find that there are aspects about one weight loss program they love, but certain things about it that don’t work for them. Then, as we investigate other options, they realize many of the other programs are the same – some things they love, and some things they don’t. Through that process, we end up creating a customized plan just for them that applies an approach that works best with their lifestyle, according to their goals, personality, and…

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The Best Ways to Get Fit When You Don't Have Time to Workout

Often times, when starting something new or working to replace a bad habit with a healthy one, we set our sights high. And by high, I mean we create a goal at the top of a mountain, not taking into account everything else that life might throw at us along the way. I don’t want to say we dream too big because I never want anyone to think their dream is too big. But when it comes to making progress, realistic goals and quick wins are key to success. When it comes to staying active and getting fit, the most…

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The Driven Mama | Back to Work After Baby

The Post Maternity Leave Life Transition Looking back, I wish I would have had the ability to look into the future so I could see that, first, it would all work out okay. And second, that charging back into work as if it was all going to be the same as when I left wasn’t realistic. I was hard on myself when I wasn’t able to come back to work after having a baby with the same mental capacity or hours worked each week and as a result, it took a major toll on my health & well-being.   Going…

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When Everything Else Has to Be the Priority

Because sometimes everyone and everything else has to be the priority! This isn’t an act of martyrdom or a complaint. This is life. There are moments, life events and family crises that require our focus shift—shift to the present, the moment at hand, the immediate. Often this means we might have to skip the gym or happy hour with a friend or even the bath that we so desperately need. It means that we have to let things slip and slide until the world rights itself again. The dishes might pile up, the corners become covered in dirt and the…

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whatmomwantsgiftguide

For many moms, it’s about more than a tangible gift that will look good on social media. The perfect gift is one that will leave mom feeling loved and refreshed, valued and recharged. I asked moms all over Facebook what they REALLY want for Mother’s Day. By and large, the answer boiled down to our most precious commodity… time. Today’s moms ultimately want a break. A break from the day-to-day to-do list that only grows. A break from the bickering and constant questions. A break that affords the luxury of time… to do whatever she wants. As you shop for…

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Breaking old bad habits (or less desirable habits) and adding in new healthy ones is so much easier said than done. After all, we’re only human and I’ll admit I have broken a few well-intentioned habits along the way, and I fully expect I’ll do it again in the future. Here’s why – When you look at the science behind habits, it makes it a lot easier to understand why you might have a slip up when you’re really trying to create a new healthy habit in your life. And, when you can arm yourself with the understanding of what’s going…

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