#Last90Days Challenge

image of #last90daysYou know that feeling you get when the end of December starts creeping in and you decide to change everything to be a better person, a better mom, to lose weight, to eat better, to exercise, etc? Ah yes, the infamous New Years Resolutions. I guess, in theory, it’s a great idea. We should all strive to be better, in all of the areas in our life.

But what happens (usually) around [Read more…]

still i rise

image of still i rise tattoodear kristin,

when you looked at the “tattoo ideas” folder on your laptop, you just knew that one of the saved pictures was speaking to your soul. you knew it was the one even though you kept searching for other “small inspirational wrist tattoos”. you knew right where you wanted it so that it could provide inspiration in those moments you needed most to remember just how awesome you are.

it’s your daily [Read more…]

Tattoo Time: I did it!

image of bold quoteThis past Tuesday, while in Calgary, I decided I wanted to finally get that tattoo I’ve been talking about for a few months now. I looked up tattoo shops, read reviews, set my Sidekix app (think of Waze, but for walkers) for the route, and went on my merry way. Once I got to the shop, I was greeted by a girl who told me that they didn’t have any availability that day, but that [Read more…]

Choose Joy. Always.

image of joyJoy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” – Henri J. M. Nouwen

Do you do that?
Do you choose joy every day?

Are you living life and choosing to see all the good, even in the times when it is tough? Or are you letting life & all of [Read more…]

July 23, 2009: Best Day of my Life

image of birthdayToday I am the mom of a 9-year old. I am filled with such great emotion, both happy and sad. I wonder how time has just flown by these past nine years. I look at my wonderful little boy and wonder how he got to be so grown up so fast. I see videos from when he was just learning to talk “Hi, mama” and remember that sweet high pitched voice. I remember his first steps and feeling so dang proud of him. I remember his first smile and how my heart melted right away. I remember him always needing to have Lightning McQueen (the one with the red tires), Mater (the “dirty” brown one, not the shiny blue one), or a monster truck (El Toro Loco) with him at all times, even when he slept. I remember him being so active all of the time and looking at my friend’s daughters and wondering why he wouldn’t just sit and color like the calm girls did.

There is something truly special about a mother/son [Read more…]

Merging Into One Girl

image of changeTwo lives. One girl. One deep desire to merge the two, but scared as hell to do it. Desperately seeking the place of vulnerability so that I can show my authentic self to the world. Why? Because deep down in my heart I have the feeling that I am destined to do something great. Be someone great.

I am a dreamer. I am a glass half-full girl. I have this wild idea and belief that I can be relatable by sharing my own struggles and triumphs and, in turn, help add to someone’s life out there. To show them there is a light at the end of the tunnel. To prove that we all make mistakes, some really big, but [Read more…]

Breaking Up with Wine for 30 Days

image of deciding Have you ever heard something repeated over and over through various people and just knew that it was a sign for you? Like maybe you’re hearing it over and over because you are supposed to let it resonate within and then do something about it. It’s funny how that happens, but I believe that if we have that gut feeling telling us we should do it, we need to do it. I’ll be the first to admit that I need to hear things a few times before I start thinking about my own life and how it could transform through these “signs”.

Alcohol. Wine, more [Read more…]

Finding My Inner Light & Learning To Let It Shine Bright

Image of Tim Horton's Canadian coffee

Serendipity: the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

I can’t really say that I’ve been looking for “signs” in my life lately, but these serendipitous things keep on happening and I can’t afford to not pay attention. Some of these things are small; others significantly larger and it’s as if my path is being paved exactly how it needs to be.

You see, for some time now, I’ve been struggling. I so desperately want to be this certain kind of girl, but there’s been a block in between wanting to be that person & actually getting to the place where I’m that person. I have a very clear and intentional way that I want my life to be, yet I’m not there. In fact, I feel quite stuck. Whether it’s that damn voice in my head telling me that I’m not good enough, not deserving enough, or that people are judging me and that I should care, [Read more…]

White wine and melanoma: What you need to know

image of wine corksPicture it: The lights are off, candles are lit, and bubbles are filling up the bathtub while you are relaxing and having a glass of chardonnay. You pick up a magazine to take the relaxation a step further only to read an article that says that there could be a danger found in your glass of white wine. Yep, you read that right: there could be a danger lurking in your wine glass.

Say what??

If you didn’t guess by now, this is [Read more…]

Bruce Jenner Interview And The Transgender Community

Quotes from EllenIf there’s one thing that I don’t understand it’s how people can be so judgmental in this world. It honestly blows my mind that people are so close-minded, like their way is the only way for every single walk of life and nothing else is acceptable. We are in 2015, y’all, and that’s just not how the world rolls.

It’s quite unusual that I talk about what’s going on in pop culture here on my blog, but there’s a first for everything, isn’t there? Everywhere I turn, whether it’s picking up my son from school or overhearing ladies in Starbucks, I [Read more…]

Are You Living Your Life Real And Raw?

Pink heart - let your emotions show.Let’s get real for a moment: Are you living your life real and raw? Are you giving life all you have? Do the people closest to you know how much they mean to you? Do you show your excitement when you are excited? Do you cry when you are sad? Do you make yourself vulnerable?

I don’t.

Oh sure, I try to be transparent and real, but I never fully expose my whole self and I honestly don’t know where that stems from. Growing up, perhaps. Seeing how others react [Read more…]