Archives for January 2011

Daily Affirmation: Saying ‘I Love You’ To Yourself

You’re a woman. So, chances are, you spend a lot of time expressing your love to others, but how often do you tell yourself ‘I love you’? If you’re like most women, the answer is “next to never.” Why? Well, there are several reasons why women don’t say those three little words to themselves. Do any of them fit you? Affirmations are for people with low self-esteem. “I respect myself and feel I’m a good person. I’m comfortable in my own skin. Why would I need to say it?” You forget. “In the midst of everything else I have going on and trying to keep up with what’s happening … [Read more...]

Mother Bear Gets A Lesson On Perspective

When it comes to perspective, everybody's got one, and moms have a tendency to lose theirs when it comes to their kids. I know this from experience. Even the most docile mom becomes a fierce mother bear when it comes to protecting her children. Even a naturally diplomatic, peacekeeping sort of gal like myself falls prey to mother bear syndrome if I feel like someone isn't acting in the best interest of my precious cubs children. My ability to maintain an unbiased perspective seems to soar out the window if I believe my kids are being treated unfairly. I got a lesson in perspective … [Read more...]

The Bucket List: Should Couples Share A List or Have Individual Goals

If you're not familiar with the "Bucket List" concept, basically it's a glorified list of things you want to do before you "kick the bucket." Nice, huh? While the grim reminder that I won't live forever is shoved in my face every time I think about this, I do believe in having lists for short and long-term goals, or in this case, fingers crossed, reallllly reallly long-term goals. So, because I'd like my life's dreams written down and wrapped up in a sweet, little package, I'm going for it. These are the things I want to do before I shuffle off this mortal coil. Visit Europe with … [Read more...]

CMT’s Sitcom “Working Class” Review

I was given the opportunity to preview CMT's first ever scripted sitcom, "Working Class" starring former "Reba" co-star and scene-stealer, Melissa Peterman and Golden Globe winner, Ed Asner. "Working Class" is about Carli, a single, twice-divorced mom, working her tail off to make ends meet. She wants desperately to improve her situation for her three kids and live-in bachelor brother. I had the privilege of watching the premiere episode, The Buddy System, in which an old flame visits Carli, hoping to rekindle their high school romance. Unfortunately, for Carli, he makes a flamboyant … [Read more...]

Happiness Journal: January 16

One of the things that makes me happiest is spending time with my family, so that's what I'm doing tonight. Well, that and grinning like the Cheshire cat that the Bears won today. So, tonight's short entry is a simple list of things that make me happy on a regular basis. My family- From my young sons to both of my grandmas and everyone in between, I'm blessed with a large, loving family My friends- I have amazing friends in real life and online who put up with me for reasons unknown and always lend a laugh or a hand My pets- Spanky and Stormy may be surly, yippy old chihuahuas but … [Read more...]

Romance In A Committed Relationship: Bringing Back The Lover Mentality

Sometimes, we wonder where the romance has gone in our relationships. We reminisce fondly about the dating years, and often blame our partners, for the changes in our romantic relationships. Maybe we need to take a second and rethink what's been happening on our end. What's changed with us since the carefree, dating days? Of course, for many of us two major things have happened: Bills- The stress that comes with finances bears a heavy weight on every couple whether they're wealthy or barely scraping by. Making money and deciding how it should be spent are themes in every marriage or … [Read more...]