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Positive Psychology

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January 16, 2018

"Love is an action verb."

~Suzann Pileggi Pawelski

This August, I will celebrate my 10 year wedding anniversary. I am REALLY proud of this accomplishment. 

I suppose for any couple, this is a milestone, but due to the fact that I grew up in a broken home, a dec...

November 24, 2017

"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." ~The Dalai Lama

All week long, I've been mulling on what to tell you about the Wonder, the book by R.J. Palacio that recently made its way to the big screen with a star-studded cast. 

I stumbled upon Wonder a few months...

November 10, 2017

"As long as we live, we have the potential to learn, develop, and become the best version of ourselves. The ability to focus on our strengths lights our path."

~Lea Waters, PhD

Do you ever wish you had a manual for parenting?

Since these kids I am raising came into the w...

November 3, 2017

"The good life consists in deriving happiness by using your signature strengths every day in the main realms of living. The meaningful life adds one more component: using these same strengths to forward knowledge, power, or goodness. A life that does this is pregnant w...

October 13, 2017

Being a mom requires grave risk; we must love our children wholeheartedly knowing full well if we lose them, our heart will break into a thousand pieces. 

I went social media dark for a week, trying to make sense of what happened last Friday, what it...

August 25, 2017

Choice #7: I follow my Calling

I once said,

“I’ll NEVER have a blog.”

The idea of sharing my writing so freely terrified me and I assumed, 

“I’ll never be brave enough.”

But today, you are reading my words on a blog, because I’m following my calling to be a storytelle...

August 11, 2017

Choice #5: I Foster Connection

When another mother admits, “Yeah, me too..."

That moment of laughter you shared.

A hug, or simply a smile....

How do these small exchanges make you feel? How much do other people matter to you? 

I've long known other people are a key com...

August 4, 2017

Choice #4: I find moments of

Mindfulness in the chaos. 

Do you ever tuck your kids into bed feeling relieved because you are so tired...

But as they settle in and close their eyes, do you then feel a moment of sadness knowing tomorrow and every day after, they are going...

July 28, 2017

Choice #3: I nurture with Self-Care

Do you sacrifice your needs because of the child you are raising?

Does instinct tell you martyrdom will earn you the title, "Good Mom?"

Or was that just me?

Back when I was a new mom, I was distraught that my natural birth...

July 22, 2017

Choice #2: I believe in the power of positivity.

Recently a friend said to me,

“I’m just so negative and you’re just so positive.”

I was shocked by this perspective of a fellow mom who has seen me irrationally anxious, crying my eyes out, and ungracefully managing a...

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I was one of the first 100 students to earn a Master of Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Having studied with the worlds leading thinkers on well-being, I have a few ideas about  HOW the science of happiness really applies to surviving motherhood, and the goal of raising thriving kids.