Where in the world is Cindy (aka Well-Trained Mama)? She hasn’t been as active on her Facebook page. She’s not posting workout selfies on Instagram all that often. Has she gained 50 pounds and gone into hiding?? More »

“The harder you work, the luckier you get.” – Gary Player

Have you ever found a four-leaf clover? A friend once gave me one she had found, and I saved it for a long time flattened inside a book. Maybe one day I’ll remember which book it’s in! I became curious about the significance of the four-leaf clover while creating this new goal tracker, so I looked it up on Wikipedia: “The four-leaf clover is a rare variation of the common three-leaf clover. According to tradition, such clovers bring good luck: If consumed, a genie appears. This genie grants you three wishes. These three wishes must be used in one year. In addition, each leaf is believed to represent something: the first is for faith, the second is for hope, the third is for love, and the fourth is for luck.” Well, I didn’t eat my clover so I guess I missed out! 😉

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Motherhood is by far the hardest job I’ve ever taken on…and there have been many days I’ve felt alone on this journey.

I remember when my oldest was born. I would get together with other new moms with children about the same age. We would share all the wonderful things our children were doing, especially all those development milestones. There was a little girl born just a few weeks after my daughter, and I remember her mom sharing something that her daughter was doing that my child had yet to accomplish. I started wondering, is there something wrong? Why isn’t my child doing this yet? Hindsight (and four children later!) I realize there was nothing ‘wrong’ with my child…within a few weeks, she was behaving the same as that child and I just needed to be patient. Just as I often fall into the comparison trap with the way I look and my fitness journey, I have a tendency to fall into the comparison trap as a parent too.

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Close the door on regret

Have you ever lost weight only to gain it back? Are you holding on to regrets, wishing things were the way they used to be? Has your focus on things in the past affected your ability to move forward? More »

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Roosters. They have a way of interrupting the stillness of those quiet, early morning hours with their distinctive cry of cockadoodledoo. I took my children on a field trip to Jamestown today and we saw a few pecking around outside the fort. And then later, while wandering through one of the houses, I looked down and saw a rooster and two chickens standing at my feet. I couldn’t help but think of Heidi St. John in that moment. Heidi is The Busy Mom, and spoke at a homeschool convention I attended recently. She talked about roosters that day, and shared an acronym for “ROOSTERs” in our life.

A rooster, as defined by The Busy Mom, is anything that is keeping you from doing what God wants you to do. The first thing that typically comes to mind is social media. She called social media weapons of mass “distraction”…you hop on to check Facebook and when you look up, you find FOUR hours have passed! Where did the time go?! But social media isn’t necessarily the “rooster” in your life, or in mine. Before going any further, let me share the seven signs you may be a distracted mom:  More »

Friends!! Summer is (unofficially) HERE! Are you ready? I have to say I am very much ready for a break from homeschooling. We normally ‘school’ year round, but this mama needs a break to get reorganized and refreshed. My favorite homeschool convention is just around the corner, and I’m excited to attend Heidi St John’s sessions and get inspired for a new year.

For those of you who use my goal trackers to help you stay on track, here is the one for June. More »