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26 health article submissions by the Mothering community.

What's On Your Stop Doing List?

Earlier this year, I mapped out my creativity intentions for 2010. (I prefer not to use the word “plan” – seems so flat. “Intentions” feels fused with both direction and moxy.) Much is swirling in my DNA. Three new books…maybe five. Concepts with roots. Roots growing concepts. Streams of coin, streams of giving… And white space. Mostly white space – can never seem to get enough of it. If I’m to realize my intentions, what I stop doing is just as important as what I start and continue to do. Stopping = the white space. Stopping = room to run free and create... read more

Super hero syndrome + the practical response to crazy ambition

or, “How to Accomplish Great Big Stuff in a Short Amount of Time” Technically speaking I created THE FIRE STARTER SESSIONS in under twelve weeks. The holy spirit of digital love and audacity entered my soul and MacBook Pro and said: GO FORTH AND CRANK IT, LAPORTE! Maybe it’s Catholic residue, but I felt called. So I set an impossible deadline for myself and I declared that the e-book was done — that it actually existed somewhere on the cosmos already, and all I needed to do was pull it down from the ether into pixel form. I was crazy. Ca-ra-zee. It’s a... read more

Multi-tasking Mama

by Sarah Juliusson of www.MamaRenew.ca – Find Mama Renew on Facebook & Twitter First week of school and I feel a little bit like this: “He threw himself on his horse and rode off in all directions.” - Don Quixote I know….just two weeks ago I wrote about how much I was looking forward to the ritual and rhythm of school.  Still true, do not consider this a reconsideration of my declaration. However…we’re short a pair of rain pants, my older son’s boots are too small, I have a very long To Do list, I’ve got a rehearsal tonight for the... read more

What Would Love Do?

We crave it. We die for it. We try to pay for it. We aspire, we mire, we miss the mark. In the unending, coiling, incessant pursuit of being right and good enough to find love and get love and give love, we forget about the very nature of love itself. Love gets buried beneath political correctness and spirituality; behind “I” statements and neutrality; tradition, company policy, apparently healthy boundaries and self protection; and commonsense. The understandable, habitual structures of thought that keep our egos from being derailed can effectively keep... read more

Supporting Self-Care

Taking Off, by Chantey Dayal by Sarah Juliusson of www.MamaRenew.ca – Find Mama Renew on Facebook & Twitter I’ve been on my own with our children for the past four days.  This isn’t all that unusual – over our 8 years of parenting there have been many times when my husband has needed to go away for his work – sometimes for a few days, sometimes for a few weeks.  I fully admit that I have at times felt “stuck” when he’s been out of town, overwhelmed by the sudden reality of single parenting and more than a bit envious of his time... read more

Love Sucks, But You Can'’t Beat It

WARNING: if you’re a hopeless romantic, searching for Prince Charming or Miss Marvelous, you better leave now. Because I’m about steamroll any Disney-drenched happily-ever-after scenarios. I’m starting my engine. Go now while your ideals are still in tact. You can get yourself some Danielle Steel on Kindle. Okay…I warned you. “What’s with everyone going on about the ‘hard work’ of marriage?” I used to think. “If it’s so hard it musn’t be true love. True love has a meant-to-be-ness about it that’s gotta make everything easier. Like, if it’s THAT hard,... read more

The Suck Factor of Life Balance + Passion as a Cure to Stress

I no sooner want to be balanced than I want to be a “good” girl. “Balance” is not something I want to live down to. - me If consensus is overrated, I think balance is too. I have no interest in living a balanced life. I want a life of adventure. - Chris Guillebeau In the end, the quest for balance is bogus. Love your burdens. Love them hard. And when your loves knock you down or your weak ankles trip you up, stop worrying about balancing – ‘cuz you’re not – and bounce. - Kelly Diels Life balance. Low fat cheese. Walking shoes.... read more


Venice Beach Dear friends, You can read these affirmations aloud, copy them down, paste them to your mirror…Share your own affirmations…this list is ripe to be added to! Inhale, Exhale, and… I have enough love in my heart for all the people who need me. I parent with love and I love parenting. I take a breath when I get overwhelmed. I allow enough time for transitions. I let go of the hard moments. I fully enjoy the good times. I trust my intuition. I lead with my heart. My... read more

Starting Over

by Sarah Juliusson of www.MamaRenew.ca – Find Mama Renew on Facebook & Twitter Like most of you I’ve had a lot of new beginnings. New school, new work, new lovers, new children, new journals, new neighborhoods, new workout routines…  There’s nothing like a blank slate to both terrify & enthrall.  A fresh chance, wide open with possibility. and now… A New Blog! -  This new shared blog is an exciting new leap for us as the Mothering community.   I look forward to seeing the personality of this new blog emerge, and the ways in which our posts... read more

How To Kiss Up To Your Muse

The Muse of love, art, cash, strategy, worship, desire, wellness, beauty, business plans. Don’t you adore her? Do you…adore her? Actively? Adore. Muses simply must be adored. They’re as grandiose as they are generous. They like to be respected. If you meet them half way, they’ll give you the moon, the breakthrough concept, the stroke of…genius. Dis’ your muse and she’s likely to stop dropping by. She’s righteous. Genius is like that. As Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) puts it in her freshly legendary TED Talk, we’ve made “a huge error in... read more

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