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What makes a good mother.

May 10, 2020

Not many people know this, but I’ve become a caregiver to my mother recently. Her kidney transplant failed ten years later and my sisters and I are were tasked to perform her home dialysis machine five hours a day, 5 days a week.⁣ ⁣ I was incredibly fearful in the beginning. It was a technical learning experience. A deep fear and realization that I was responsible for her life and a daily commitment I was unsure I could handle. ⁣…

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How do you know you’re alive?

February 25, 2020

“Why do I always feel like I’m in a dream?” Perplexed, my doctor didn’t know how to answer my son and instead questioned, “Well, how do you feel?” He replied, “I feel like nothing is real.” In an effort to save the doctor I interjected saying, “Honey, if you ever feel like you’re in a dream, just pinch yourself. Do that now (as he pinches his wrist). Do you feel that?” He nods. “Well that’s how you will know.” I’m…

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My son’s summer camp at iD Tech

May 15, 2019

This post is sponsored by iD Tech. Do you ever feel like a ‘bad mother’ for letting your kid play video games? When I walk downstairs in the morning, my eldest is already in my office playing Roblox. When I enter the family room, my youngest is already watching his 20th slime video on YouTube. When I go the kitchen, my middle guy is eating breakfast while listening to music on his new iPod touch. As much as I’ve limited…

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I feared becoming a mother.

October 28, 2018

October 28, 2018 Many people think being a fit mom means you aren’t a good mother, that you don’t spend time with your kids and that your body is your number one priority. I get that assumption – after all, it’s not easy being a fit mom without seemingly sacrificing parts of your life to be healthy. I’ve been rereading old diaries lately and came upon an entry reflecting on one of my deepest fears. At the time I was…

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Life on your terms

June 1, 2017

A couple weeks ago I witnessed my stepdaughter graduate high school. It was a celebratory moment, a time when I saw her genuinely happy and excited about the future. It was hard to believe that ten years earlier, I met a strong-willed, 8-year-old little girl who loved to dance, workout and be incredibly helpful. I love her focus, ambition and independence. While visiting, I also celebrated my other stepdaughter’s 16th birthday. Weeks leading up I was in shock that our…

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How I built my stepdaughter’s money cake

May 21, 2017

I surprised my stepdaughter with a money cake for her graduation because she’s been a hard worker her entire life and is leaving for college soon! She knows I can’t gift her with a boring check, so I created this creative money cake to surprise her on her graduation day! This cake can be made with minimal material and within 3-4 hours (depending on how fast you roll money!). Here are my tips: Tips: Do not use super/hot glue on…

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What’s My Excuse?

October 28, 2014

I yelled at my kids today. I don’t usually yell. I’m usually the loving but strict mother, with a strong undertone in her voice, who’s glaring eyes can persuade their kids to clean their rooms, eat their vegetables and stop fighting in 1 …2…, well there is no 3. Because we never get to 3. But we got to 3 today. After an intense several weeks of non-stop working, a late wake-up call and a rush out the house to…

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My Father

June 16, 2013

 June 16, 2013 In my mid-twenties I underwent a distinct crossroads in my life. I was working as a project coordinator for 24 Hour Fitness Corporate, I was in escrow to purchase my first condo in the Bay Area and I was in a compatible but not passionate relationship. I felt like I was ‘where I should be’ in my life – but instinctively knew the path I was creating was not where I wanted to be in five years.…

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Riding the wave

June 6, 2013

June 5, 2013 I always wanted to be a stay-at-home-working-mom. I dreamily envisioned gentle days spent going to playdates and parks. I loved the idea of waking up with them, making their breakfast, teaching them new things and appreciating every milestone they would make because I was home to witness it. I thought working from home would provide us with additional income and maintain a level of professional ambition that most women often lose after becoming a mother. I didn’t…

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The origins of a Cover Model

February 26, 2013

February 25, 2013 For the past ten years I’ve been writing “Cover of a Magazine” as one of my top three goals.When I was nearly 150lbs I knew it was far-fetched. When I was pregnant three times in a row, I knew it was impossible. Yet, whenever I had time to sit in silence and write out my goals, I always longed to be on the cover of a magazine.  To me, getting a cover was an accomplishment. After all,…

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