Happiness

Be Seen: A mantra for embracing vulnerability

Be Seen: A mantra for embracing vulnerability

I think I found my new mantra. I recently decided to find a few piano students in the new neighborhood we moved to. This shouldn’t be a big deal. I’ve taught piano before and I’ve built a thriving piano studio from scratch when we lived […]

What’s Working Wednesday

What’s Working Wednesday

Hi there! Today I’m sharing what’s working this Wednesday for me… I hope this helps you get to know me a little better, and I find it valuable to reflect on ideas and strategies that are working well in my life, and also areas I […]

What’s working, what’s not

What’s working, what’s not

What’s working this week: My planner. Planning has not always been my forte. I’m definitely a do-things-one-day-at-a-time, and fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of girl.  I’m getting better and better at referring to my planner for my daily plan, and looking ahead at the next week and month.  I […]

Authenticity: a no-make up day on the blog

Authenticity: a no-make up day on the blog

Hi guys! It’s your lucky day. Today you showed up on my blog, and I’m not putting my make-up on. I’m going to try out some virtual authenticity. My hair’s a mess. I have bags under my eyes, and I’m wearing an old t-shirt and […]

7 ways moms suck at self-care

7 ways moms suck at self-care

In 2016, I picked a really simple resolution. It was simply one word: Gina.  I was allowed to be me, read and buy books when I wanted to, and to even sometimes put myself before others. As a people pleaser, this was at times uncomfortable […]

What I learned from taking a decorating class

What I learned from taking a decorating class

Quiet the Space I recently took an online decorating course called Cozy Minimalism from Myquillin Smith. The first principle of her course is quieting the space.* To quiet a space, take everything out except for your big foundational pieces, like your sofa, chairs, or tables. […]

How to have the Best Mother’s Day Ever

How to have the Best Mother’s Day Ever

You moms are killing it out there. You’re doing it. You are rocking the packed lunches, and the homework, and the reading to your kids and the being to school on time. I know these things, because the pick up line was very quiet when I […]

How to start a journaling habit that will make you happier

How to start a journaling habit that will make you happier

— This post contains Amazon affiliate links, meaning that if you make a purchase using one of these links, at no additional cost to you, I will receive a small commission to help support this blog. — One habit that has made me happier this […]

Small Steps Take You Great Places

Small Steps Take You Great Places

Just start. When a task is overwhelming, or a dream seems too big, just start. This applies to massive laundry piles, business goals, or whatever seems too lofty to ever be able to accomplish.

How Decision Fatigue Contributes to a Disorganized Day

How Decision Fatigue Contributes to a Disorganized Day

I just moved to a new town and I’m one week into my new life here in my new-to-me house and neighborhood with new grocery stores and people and… you got the idea. The biggest transition for me though has been going from full-time teaching […]