8 years ago I started homeschooling my kids. It was one of the best decisions we've ever made as a family. Last year, we put all of our kids in public school. It was heartbreaking and bittersweet, but has also turned out to be one of the best decisions we've ever made as a family. In just a couple more weeks, for the first time in 8 years I'll be joining the rest of main stream America in the festivities of first day of school excitement. Each one of my school bound kiddos are excited for the first day. And so am I! Back to school shopping is done and the last of the new backpacks are being delivered today! #ordinaryhappilyeverafter #homeschooltopublicschool #backtoschool
My boys are on the wild side. Like, train them for American Ninja Warrior kind of wild (true suggestion from one of Matt’s coworkers). That’s one of the reasons why we signed them up for martial arts training at @AMA Fight Club. We hoped that the training would give them a sense of discipline and humility they currently are too busy to channel. This picture is of Henry (age 4) in a rare moment of obedience, actually sitting and waiting his turn. I look forward to the end of summer when they can start attending more regularly and really solidify the life lessons I hope our whole family can learn. #futurefighter #ordinaryhappilyeverafter #mmakids
I have a confession. Belle and Moana are my favorite Disney Princess/Not a princess. Moana freaking lives inside my heart,Every turn I take, every trail I track, Every path I make, every road leads back, To the place I know where I cannot go, Where I long to be… I can lead with pride, I can make us strong, I'll be satisfied if I play along, But the voice inside sings a different song, What is wrong with me? Or, as Belle would say, I want so much more than they’ve got planned. I admit, I haven’t always had a clear notion of what my mission in life was. I knew it centered around strengthening families and helping other moms, but that’s pretty much all I knew. I followed Spirit as it led me to homeschool, then to my blog, then going back to college, then to photography, then to entrepreneurship, then to public school. All the while I was thinking I had found it. I found the ONE thing that I could do to help make a difference in the world. But every time I focused on that ONE thing, I would hit a wall. And believe it or not, every wall was composed of my own insecurities and the naysayers who were trying to keep me in a neat and tidy box. And I let them do it. But not anymore. I now know each of those things is just one piece of the puzzle that make up who I am and how I can help others. I am SO excited with the direction things are going now. I feel like I have clarity in my life for the first time. I’m stoked to really start helping and uplift my fellow sisters (all women) in a far more meaningful and personalized way than a random blog post whenever I feel the need to speak up. I can combine everything I’ve learned from my 36 years of struggle and lift others who are chin deep in the tangled weeds of life and crushed under the weight of the world’s expectation. I can help lift their burden, strengthen their resolve, support them in their trials. THIS is what I was born to do. Click the link on my profile to learn more and see how I can help you! http://ordinaryhappilyeverafter.com/learning. #mentor #purpose #taketheleap
I’m going to be honest. Yesterday was rough. After a fight with my husband, an hour at the DMV, and a knee ache that just won’t go away, I was freaking done. I locked myself in the laundry room and cried and vented on an Insta Story. Pathetic, huh? It would have been so easy to wallow. So, easy to allow that feeling to control me for the rest of the day. But I didn’t. Instead of allowing it to pull me into a downward spiral, I took to Instagram, shared my feelings, and gave myself permission to be pissed off for a while. And you know what? It worked. I didn’t fight the anger, but I also didn’t surrender to it. I acknowledged it, gave it a voice, and then it died away. You know how sometimes (all the time) our kids will keep pestering us about something, and because we are busy, we keep shushing and ignoring them? Then we blow up and splatter because they keep getting more and more annoying. Emotions are the same way. Our emotions need to be acknowledged and honored. If we take care of our kids’ needs when they ask the first time, they are so much less obnoxious! If we acknowledge and honor our emotions (especially the negative ones), the first time they bring themselves to our attention, we are much more likely to avoid the blow up and splatter that usually comes. So, next time you feel a little pang of annoyance, let yourself feel it. Don’t talk yourself out of it. Don’t say, I have no reason to feel this way. Because you do. Acknowledge it, feel it, and then let it go. We embrace the suck sometimes, because that’s the only way to keep from living in the suck.
Waaahhh! I miss Florida! #mattandcourtlivingitup
This is seriously the cutest thing! And my very own Little Miss is the tiniest ninja. #njfamilyphotography #kidsaresofun #photography #futurefighters #amafightclub #morristownnewjersey #martialarts #kickboxing #tinyfighters @mwilsondds @amafightclub