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How to Enhance Fertility: 8 Secrets from Mother Nature’s Perspective

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Making babies from a place of bliss is every woman’s ideal vision. You finally decide the time is right. You chart your ovulation; you take all the right supplements. But the sobering reality as a fertility coach I see women do all the “right” things and they still go through hell trying to birth their dreams.

I have also seen a common pattern: How these smart women have been approaching their fertility has left them feeling even more drained, disheartened, and empty.

But also look at the world we live in and it is no wonder; stress, toxic relationship patterns, addictions, negative headspace, technology, GMO, plastics, pesticides, oh my.

Could it be that our very environment is making us sick? Could there be a connection as to why our most fundamental abilities being threatened?

What if how we embrace our fertility has the power to change it?

Women everywhere are awakening to a higher perspective on fertility. One Mother Nature herself might teach if she had a book, Facebook page or an online course. I consult with her wisdom often because she has taught me that fertility is really about life – and what wants to be born cannot thrive unless we are. Here are the 8 most common teachings Mother Nature has whispered to me over the years: Continue reading

Self-Care Isn’t Selfish! 5 Easy Ways to Practice Self-Care

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There have been a few times in my life that I have had what I refer to as a “light bulb” moment. It happens when something becomes so crystal clear and illuminated in my mind, almost like a light bulb has been turned on in a dark room.

I had a light bulb moment when thinking about my self-care routines, and ultimately it helped to transform me and change extended to my entire family.

As a young mom I had an idea in my head that being a martyr meant I was “doing it right.” I thought that putting everyone else’s needs before my own meant that I was proving my love to my family. The only problem was that when I did they got the exhausted, depleted, and overwhelmed version of Mommy.

We have all heard flight attendants instruct us to put our oxygen mask on before those that we are caring for. Every single time I fly I silently thank the airline for the gentle reminder. It never gets old.

We cannot share what we don’t have. If we don’t have reserves of energy that allow us to feel balanced and centered we can’t give our best to our children and loved ones, to our jobs, or to our friends and extended family.

The more I began to prioritize my own needs and care, by practicing meditation, mindfulness and gratitude, the more patient, present and joyful I became. I was able to bring the best version of myself to everyone that I cared about.

What I learned as I transformed from a “hot mess” to a “mindful mom” is that it doesn’t take as much time as one would think to practice self-care. Small tweaks had a huge impact on my life. Things such as: Continue reading

Advice for Parents: Strengthening Relationships Between Children

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One of the most common challenges that parents face is connecting with their children and maintaining a relationship with one another. As kids grow and develop, it can be challenging to remain close due to outside influences and changes that take place. When you want to strengthen your relationship and form a close bond, there are a few important tips to follow that will prove to be effective. Continue reading

Intent of the Day: A Little Time for Yoga

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Any time for yourself? Any time for health? We understand that you can be running low on hours even with daylight savings starting our days a little earlier. When it feels like there is absolutely no moment to rest and invest in yourself, that is exactly when you need to do it. So our intent for today? It is to find a little time for yoga.

Don’t think you can make it happen? Here are 3 people to inspire you: Continue reading

Could My Child Be a School Bully? Tips for Concerned Parents

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No parent ever wants to consider the possibility that their son or daughter could be one of the mean popular kids at school, those who shun and dismiss anyone who’s different.  I call them Elite Tormentors, and the caring, compassionate popular students who stand up for the underdog, Elite Leaders

What are some of the warning signs your son or daughter may be in danger of turning into an Elite Tormentor? Pay attention to your child’s demeanor on the phone. Does it sound like he/she is making a joke at someone else’s expense or gossiping about another student? When he and his friends text one another, are they putting down other classmates? Has your child recently started excluding any of their old friends from social activities and when you ask why, they don’t have a plausible answer?

If your child is posting regularly on Instagram, have they posted any photos that humiliate another child? Be curious. While you may not wish to invade your child’s privacy, if he/she is taking advantage of that privacy to hurt themselves or someone else, as a parent you need to pull rank, lovingly demand access to their social networking and texting activity, and retain that access until you’re comfortable they are not the cause or on the receiving end of anything harmful emotionally.    

Another effective technique for outing an Elite Tormentor is to casually have a conversation with your child about who’s popular at school and who’s not, coaxing her into revealing the names of those students who struggle to fit in or who strike her as lonely.

A week later, ask her if she’d like to host a party, suggesting it might be nice if, along with her friends, she invited a couple of the forgotten ones, too. If she agrees despite what her friends may think, she’s not an Elite Tormentor. In fact, she’s probably an Elite Leader. If she won’t because she’s fearful her friends would freak but feels badly about it, she’s most likely a bystander. But if she recoils at the thought or acts indignant, perhaps even laughs, chances are you’re living with an Elite Tormentor. 

If your suspicions are confirmed, here are a couple suggestions: Continue reading

Five Keys to Nurturing Creativity in Your Child

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Every parent has heard it—the howl of the bored child. “Mom, I don’t have anything to DO!” or “Dad, come play with me!” Despite a closet filled with toys and the electronic gizmos of the moment, children everywhere are flopping down in abject misery at the prospect of filling up their free time.

Is it a parent’s job to provide constant stimulation and to solve every problem? Actually—no. In fact, if you constantly entertain your child and solve her problems for her, you are stealing from her the ability to be creative, to exercise her imagination, and possibly, to contribute new ideas and solutions to the world we all share.

Why is creativity important? Beyond the arts we often associate with creativity—things like music, art, drama, and literature—creativity is necessary for solving problems, especially new problems. Divergent thinking, sometimes called “thinking outside the box”, is the potential source of cures for disease and solutions to world problems such as poverty and hunger.

Be forewarned, though: Creativity can look an awful lot like misbehavior. It can be messy and inefficient—and the world would be lost without it.

How can you nurture creativity in your child? Continue reading

Intent of the Day: Savor the Little Moments

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Savoring small moments doesn’t start and stop with an encouraging needlepoint pillow on your couch. It starts with intentional steps to slow down and capture something that might otherwise easily go unnoticed. It’s the extra time you got to stay cuddled up at home because it was raining outside. It’s the way your kids laugh when you know they’re doing something that’s going to get them in trouble. It’s the last minute coffee with a friend you haven’t seen in a while who wants to share good news. In some mindsets, they are distractions, obstacles, agenda items. In a world of mindfulness and awareness, they are moments, pauses, gifts.

We intend to savor the little moments.

You too? Here are 3 things to help: Continue reading

The 4 Letter Word We Need to Stop Treating as Taboo

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That’s right, I’m talking about HELP When my first child was born we had issues breastfeeding. It took two weeks of misery, tears, frustration, including a trip to the hospital for jaundice, pumping to get my supply back up because he wasn’t actually nursing and constant breakdowns before I finally hired a lactation consultant.

She checked everything and let me know he was too small to latch, gave me a plan to get him bigger, a hospital pump to rent, and my piece of mind back. Best whatever money it was that I ever spent.

I asked myself over and over, why did I wait so long? I could have made that so much easier so much sooner and would have been more present for those first two weeks. Instead I reached the point of frustration where I understood why someone would shake their baby (I never did! But I saw how it could happen.) Continue reading

My Daughter’s Trip to Dubai

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Two years ago, my oldest daughter graduated from high school.  As her mother is from Australia, my daughter took a year off between high school and college, and spent the year traveling and working in Australia.   She really grew from the experience in a number of ways, and it gave me a great excuse to travel to Australia to see her.

At the end of this year, another daughter of mine will graduate from high school. Like her older sister, this one has the travel and adventure gene in her, as well, and wants to set off for her own journey, with Dubai as one of her destinations.   As the protective father, I had to do my research on the most populous city in the United Emirates.  To be sure, I have a very good friend who has been there several times, and he has raved about it over and over.   According to him, Dubai has so much to offer, so many opportunities located in one large city; many such opportunities that most large cities simply do not.

So the Daddy in me did my due diligence and began my research.  As one who used to snorkel in Australia, I was excited to see that Dubai offers beautiful waters and awe inspiring snorkeling off their coast.   Indeed, there is the opportunity to really get a fantastic view of the coral reefs, along with a number of wrecks on the ocean’s floor for my daughter to explore.  Yet, what she wants to do most, it seems, is sky dive. Now, I am not that brave. I have experienced just about everything, but that is not one thing I have on my bucket list. It is on hers.   She wants to jump out of a plane and sky dive.   As one who has lived the motto of Carpe Diem in all I do, I admire her desire to do this, and encourage her. I just won’t join her, myself!

Despite the fact that we know people who live in Dubai, and who can help look after her if she should visit, I needed to check to see if Dubai was a safe for my daughter.   The protective father in me was relieved to see that it is.

When my oldest daughter left our small town of 4,000 people, nestled in the middle of rural Georgia, I had many a person ask me how I felt about my daughter traveling the world and being away from my family for an extended period of time.   My response was that I was excited that she had the opportunity to see the world, immerse herself in new cultures and customs, and learn from a global perspective.  I was excited for the chance for my daughter to grow from all of these experiences.   Since her travels, she has come back, and has a greater appreciation not only of the world, but for what she has in life.  For my next daughter, I am just as excited.  Whether she travels to Dubai, or another part of the world, I am eager for her to discover the world, and discover herself.

Countdown to Hotel Bliss: Traveling with Adult Kids

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As a mother of two kids who travels for work, our family has experienced a variety of hotels, motels and resorts over the years. My girls are now young adults and it is a very different world when it comes to choosing a great hotel to enjoy during out travels.

We have gone through phases, starting with the classic small, affordable hotel where amenities were not the most important considerations. The kids were small and we didn’t need much.

As they grew older we needed more activities, restaurants and overall space. And finding a location that provided nearby events and things to do was paramount to keeping kids entertained.

However, a major change happened around the ages of 17. Suddenly the typical resort locations became the least attractive option. Hotels became less of a place to sleep, play and hang out to something totally different.

I noticed my kids had 3 primary requirements they had to have in our accommodations and I was surprised to find these factors actually were not difficult to find. We just had to know where to look. Continue reading

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