Archive | November, 2013

Blogiversary Giveaway Winners

Blogiversary Giveaway Winners |

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Thank you for all of the sweet comments on my giveaway post last week. It was so nice to hear what my blog has meant to you and that you are also excited for this upcoming class. We’re almost at launch now and I love the way the content is coming together! I’m so excited to share this with all of you.

If you were hoping for a spot in class and didn’t win, you can still register up until Saturday night (truthfully, Sunday morning, when I get around to taking down the registration buttons).

So without further ado, here are the two winners. I used to choose the numbers, which were 4 and 7.

# 4 was Natalie from Moved by Inspiration, who will get a spot in the class.

#7 was Jen from Jennifer Astone Consulting, who will get a copy of Mama Zen.

I’ve emailed both of the winners, but if you haven’t received your email, please contact me directly!

Thank you, each and every one of you, for reading my words in this space. Now, back to regularly scheduled self-care support!

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Joy and Wonder

Joy & Wonder | www.nurtured

Today I have two new projects to tell you about…


I deeply believe that joy is not a destination but a practice. Happiness is not something you earn, arrive at, or own, but something you notice, sit with, and practice at.

I also believe that in the chaos of motherhood (especially early motherhood) happiness can feel very elusive.

We are tired. We are frustrated. We feel alone and overwhelmed.

We need reminders to nurture our joy and happiness. And we need them often. But we each deserve to feel joy. As often as possible.

And that’s why I am excited to tell you that I have joined 14 other inspiring mamas in a new ebook, designed to help you nurture joy and embrace the everyday wonder of life. The book is called Nurturing Joy: Illuminating Everyday Enchantment.  And even better – it is available for free!

You can claim your free copy from Raising Loveliness here.

The book consists of interviews with 14 mothers who share their views on discovering and practicing joy, encouraging celebration, and stories about what enlivens each of us. For example, here is my response to the question, “How has motherhood helped you rediscover a sense of joy?”

I think it is impossible to live with a small child and not be touched by their joy in simply being alive.

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Blogiversary! (and a giveaway)

Blogiversay and a giveaway from Nurtured Mama Blog

Not quite one year ago, one day before my 4oth birthday, I launched this blog.

I had no readers. I had a rough idea of what I wanted to write about, but I wasn’t sure quite what it was going to look like.

I tried a few things. I scratched many of them and tried a few more. I read reams on how to start a blog, how to find your blogging voice, and how to attract readers.

And somewhere along the way, you guys started showing up. You leave me comments, you email me, you connect with me on Facebook and Twitter. Sometimes you pull me aside at playgroup, or after we chat at the grocery store about what our kids are up to and tell me you’ve been reading. I love hearing your stories and how my stories impact you. I love hearing from you.

I’ve grown a lot more confident about what I’m doing and how I want to shape it. I have a vision of where I want to take this blog as a business (hint: it doesn’t include a lot of advertising!)

I’m having the best time!

And this month, I’ve launched my first ecourse, which I’m really excited about.…

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How I Fell Back In Love With Christmas (and how you can, too)

How I Fell Back In Love With Christmas |

For many years of my life I have dreaded the month of December. When I was still working at Apple, before the MacWorld convention in January was cancelled, it was the month of finishing every project, which meant long hours and high stress. I rarely had time to plan ahead for gifts and finding time to make the gifts I wanted to make was impossible. Each year found me shopping last minute and feeling cranky and unsatisfied. Giving that way felt empty.

Throughout the month I would find myself eating too much, drinking too much, and never sleeping near enough. I’d feel bloated, cold, slow and exhausted. By the time the Christmas finally arrived I mostly just wanted to sleep. I couldn’t muster the energy to be excited about holiday gatherings and often found myself bickering with family I hadn’t seen in months over the ways we each felt let down instead of enjoying their company. I missed the people I couldn’t be with and didn’t enjoy the company of the ones I was with.

I hated Christmas. I hated December.

And then one year I’d had enough.

I scaled back my gift list to my closest family and dearest local friends.…

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How To Begin A Gratitude Practice And Change Your Life (a guest post on Family Your Way)

How To Start A Gratitude Practice And Save Your Life (a guest post on Family Your Way)

The year I got divorced I struggled with a deep depression. Just getting out of bed each morning took monumental effort.

The one thing that grounded me each day, and eventually helped pull me back to life, was a tiny journal that I kept on my headboard. Each night I would write down three things I was grateful for that day.  Just three. It cleared my head of the swirling thoughts and worries of my day so I could sleep. But more than that, those little lists helped remind me that there were things worth noticing and life beyond the sadness I was in the middle of.

Some days what I recorded seemed so minuscule, like “the way the light hit the lake this morning” or “my cat was waiting for me at the door when I got home.” Reading the journal now, I can see where I began to heal.  I began to write things like, “I stood looking at bins of apples at the store today and felt nourished,” and, “Today I felt accepted for being myself.”  One day I wrote, “I felt happy for hours.”

Read the rest of this post and my tips on starting a gratitude practice on Family Your Way.

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