Forgive-ish?

I forgive-ish you.  That doesn’t quite have the same ring as “I forgive you,” does it? No warm fuzzies with that ‘ish on the end. No closure on the fight with your mom or disagreement with your spouse over why you’re the only one gassing up the car. What does forgive-ish even mean? It’s when you let go of something (an event, hurtful conversation, etc.) enough to feel better, but not fully. The feelings you had still linger. The next time you’re reminded of the event or get hurt again, you get mad. At that point, it’s clear real forgiveness hasn’t taken place, because you’re just taking out your “file” on that person instead of letting them off the hook. For me, when that something happens again, I get extremely right and righteous, gathering allies to convince them of how right I am. But I only get more upset and suffer in the process. This is actually a pattern, and a lot of people do this and experience this. Often, we say we forgive, and we don’t forget. But that’s not true forgiveness. Instead, it’s a conditional pass until the next hurt comes along. The funny thing is, we let go of things every day. People cut us off in traffic. Someone bumps us in line at the grocery store. You choose to let go of stuff every single day. If there’s something you can’t forgive, it may be something you’re unwilling to own on your side of the street. And it’s not wrong or bad or shameful. It’s something to be aware of. We get something from the...

Learning to Fly

First off, I hope you had a Spooktacular Halloween monster-mashing with your fave peeps. Here’s the obligatory cute picture of Mirabelle in her costume last night:  Thanks to my salty tooth, I couldn’t be tempted with most trick-or-treat candy. That said, I may-or-may-not have gotten busy with a bag of chips post-festivities. But here’s what is even more delicious to me than Utz Sour Cream & Onion Chips: Giving you the first scoop on Luscious Mother news. See, when you run your own business, you often have to fly before you’re ready. That’s been me. For the last Luscious Mother Retreat, I did my own version of putting a plane together while mid-flight. I didn’t have time to assemble the plane and then take off. I just had to fly the damn plane. All of this to say: I didn’t get to put all the proper marketing energy into my last retreat. I didn’t actually know what it took to market an event like that, and I’ve learned so much in the process. I’ve gotten advice from a dear friend and wildly successful business coach on what a successful marketing campaign looks like. I hired an amazing strategist to help me lay out all of my programming and timeline. But for the Summer retreat, it was just me, making things up at the last minute. And as a result, the sign-ups were smaller than I wanted. Hours before the first day of the retreat, I wasn’t sure I was going to do it again. But then something magical happened. The women at the retreat got into community with each...
How the Right Support Can Mean Everything

How the Right Support Can Mean Everything

Over a year ago, managing the day-to-day operations of my business and schedule felt like a full-time job. I was spending too much time scheduling, taming my calendar and doing admin work — time I could have spent with my husband, Mirabelle or doing something I love. I needed the right support not only to keep my business going and make time for my life, but to actually grow and take my business to the next level. ‘Cause guess what, Mama? WE ACTUALLY CAN’T DO IT ALL. And let’s be real: We really don’t want to. I finally got a little outside help from my Mom and Lauren (my current right hand lady). Lauren is a whiz at everything, particularly my schedule. She understands me, speaks my language and is totally brilliant. She started doing all kinds of stuff. Scandals need to be handled, after all. But what I needed her most for — my beast of a schedule — was something I resisted. I needed support. It was very clear I couldn’t keep taming my own schedule. It took me a few months to get onboard with this idea. Why? Because I was SCARED. Afraid my clients might not like it (not true; they actually love her and are thrilled I’m getting the support I need). I was scared there would be, god forbid, MISTAKES. That I might LOOK BAD. It sounds so ridiculous and that’s what fear does. It tells us crazy stuff. Finally, when I got sick and tired enough, I handed it over. I wish I’d done it three years ago: it’s the best thing...
Why the Las Vegas Shooting Made Me Think About Mothers

Why the Las Vegas Shooting Made Me Think About Mothers

On Monday night, I got home from the annual Accomplishment Coaching Leader retreat.  While I was on a boat in Victoria, Canada, 58 people lost their lives and at least 500 were injured in the tragic Las Vegas shooting. I felt like most of us: Speechless. Heartbroken. But I didn’t want to react in the usual lockstep, social media-approved emotions after this horrifying event. Shock. Outrage. Blaming. Bargaining Apathy. Repeat. Going back to my four days with Accomplishment Coaching, I thought about the deep, dynamic conversations I had with fellow coaches and colleagues.  One of the biggest take-aways for me: The extraordinary impact of mothers. At Accomplishment Coaching, a woman had recently lost her mother. Another woman lost her stepmother and had to leave the retreat early. Someone else’s mom was going through chemo. Moms’ impact on the lives of their children and families really got to me, reaffirming how extraordinary it is to be a mother. As a mom, someone’s always looking to you, needs you to love them no matter what even when they’re being dangerous or can’t love themselves. If you’ve learned anything about forgiveness, self-care and acceptance, it likely came from your mother or a maternal figure in your life.  This is an extraordinary responsibility and opportunity, and when mothers are loved, nurtured, supported and fully expressed, kids have permission to take care of themselves and make boundaries they learned from them. When I heard about Vegas, I thought about the mothers. Mothers that will bury their adult children. Children that will bury their parents. It has to stop. I don’t know what to do in...

What to do when your kid’s being a sass bucket

Last week, I went to Disney World for the first time as a 40-year-old.  The experience was, well, very Disney: fun, expensive and, as it turned out, educational. You see, before we left for the Most Magical Place on Earth, Mirabelle’s snappiness meter had been tipping off the charts. There had been a lot of “Stop it, Mama!” and what I like to call a stinky attitude. I wasn’t about to shell out all that mad Disney World cash for a stinky attitude, that’s for sure. That’s when I shot up a flare to Wendy Petricoff of Charlotte Parenting Solutions. She’s a wiz at getting the stink out of kids and parents, like those moms that get grass stains out of white shirts in Tide commercials. Wendy and I had a call on Friday at 9:30 a.m. while I was in Disney World proper, and here’s the clarity she brought me on our call: It’s so powerful to be heard and gotten: Wendy listened and empathized with my plight, and she got real with me. She talked about a recent moment with her teenage daughter at Nordstrom over a $30 skirt, impressing on me that the sass never ends, and these clashes are very human. My child’s sass can be an asset to her later in life. It’s not always such a bad thing when our daughters are sassy. When they grow up and need to set boundaries about their bodies and time, you want them to sass away. It can be valuable to have a sharp, sassy daughter. Practicing empathy and non-reaction wins the day. These two are a potent combo against sass....
How We Belong According to Brené Brown

How We Belong According to Brené Brown

  Last week, I saw Brené Brown talk about the power of belonging. It was incredibly special, and I’m still thinking about it this week. She talked about experiencing oneness with people, where you’re in the moment, connected. It’s where you’re with a large group of people and you experience group connection. You’re singing the same song and breaking bread in some way. Brené talks about spirituality through the lens of belonging in her new book, Braving the Wilderness. What she’s saying is spirituality has nothing to do with religion; it’s about being connected to each other and ourselves. What I love about her is she’s irreverent, brilliant and down to earth about these weighty topics. She connects with people in a way that’s pure magic. Here are some of the other things that stood out to me: Our kids don’t just do what we say, they become who we are. For parents, it’s really, really important to remember that. It’s hard to hate close up, so lean in and get in there with people. It’s easy to complain or judge from behind a screen, but it’s much harder — and more rewarding — to really talk with someone about their differences. Even when you look like you have it all figured out, you still have crappy days.You’ll feel like your world or the world is falling apart. Brené shared her fears, sadness and heartbreak with the world, and it’s not so different from mine or the things I support my clients with. It’s not about agreeing about a topic or POV. It’s how we treat each other as human beings. Are we thinking...
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