I Am Enough


I Am Enough - Scripture to Help Moms Be Good Enough

I recently shared with you all about my walk through dealing with my perfectionism. I am in for the long haul to focus, be intentional, and defeat this stronghold. Over the past few weeks, I have been looking for ways to speak TRUTH into my life.

So much of what stems and feeds my perfectionism is words that I speak to myself – that ugly self-talk. I am sure you know exactly what I am talking about – “I can’t do that,”  “How on earth could I allow that to happen, I am so stupid,” or “Everyone will see now how incapable I am.”

I read a devotion the other day written by Rick Warren on the YouVerison app and I wrote down the words that he spoke – that is how God sees me. I have them written on a note card and speak them to myself each morning.

I am acceptable.

I am lovable.

I am valuable.

I am forgivable.

I am capable.

This is how God sees me and how I need to begin to view myself; giving myself the incredible gift of grace that God does. These words are powerful truths. I am enough.

Maybe you need to hear them daily as well – go ahead, grab a note card and write them down. Tuck them into a journal or post them on your bathroom mirror. They are meant to be shared. God thinks you are amazing too!

I also grabbed this fabulous scripture coloring bookLive Loved: An Adult Coloring BookLive Loved: An Adult Coloring Book by Margaret Feinberg. (I also considered this coloring book on amazon)  This is just for me. To spend some time settling my heart on occasion. I tend to run at full speed and when it comes to scripture memorization I am not gifted in that area – but I can be more intentional about getting scripture embedded in my heart, so in comes the coloring book. (And some fabulously new colored pencils all sharpened!)

I also hold onto this verse, repeating it daily as I work through the areas I am currently focusing on: I can do all this through Him who gives me strength. – Phil 4:13 NIV

I also listen to this song on repeat sometimes. It is one of my favorites!

What I Am Loving Right Now


What I Am Loving Right Now

When you discover some things that you find helpful or fun, it’s great to share. That’s what this post is today – some things I have discovered which I feel help encourage me in my journey through motherhood and also self-care. We all need that.

I shared my struggle with perfectionism last week (thank you to all who emailed and messaged me saying it was so helpful – it meant a lot to me!) and I am currently going through some intense therapy to break those strongholds. It is hard work. I started sharing on The Confident Mom Facebook page each Monday my weekly five goals, which have some self-care items included, because that is an area I need to focus on. I have found some of the items below beneficial in reaching my goals.

Every Day in His PresenceEvery Day in His Presence

It was time for a new devotional book. I have read through Jesus Calling and Jesus Lives, both of which I loved, so it was time for something new. Each morning I check in with my YouVersion Bible App, where I currently follow two reading plans. I love the app because it’s always with me. Every Day in His Presence gives an added dimension to my time with God and I especially find it helpful because there is a short prayer at the end that prompts me.

First 5 – From Proverbs 31 Ministries

Anther recent addition to my morning quiet time is First5.org – an app developed by Lysa TerKeurst and her team at Proverbs 31 Ministries. It was her desire to connect a woman’s heart to God’s Word in the First 5 minutes of her day. I love that there is a beautiful graphic meeting me each morning and a different author sharing about the word of God. There is a place to add my own moments and notes that are important to me. I can also comment and share – in a place others will see. We just finished going through the book of John, and it was good. On the weekend, Lysa shares a video teaching which really brings the week’s teaching to life.

JJ, Hospice Therapy Dog

Okay, if you are not on Facebook, you can breeze through this one. I somehow stumbled on this page and have been enamored ever since. I have come to realize that I “feely deeply” as my husband says and I am very sensitive. I would never have really said that about myself until all this recent counseling – but it is good for me to be aware of and celebrate.

I have loved following the story of JJ, a therapy dog who works alongside his owner in a hospice, bringing joy and support for patients and staff. If you scroll through some of the posts, you will see so much kindness and pure peace. My mom was in hospice care for less than 36 hours before she passed away, but I will tell you, the work that is done is amazing and the people who lovingly care for those who are leaving this life are amazing. Just scrolling and reading through these posts fills my heart with different emotions and feelings.

21 Day Fix21 Day Fix

Yes, I joined the many who have done this program! I purchased the 21 Day Fix Essential Package and began last Tuesday, so I am on day 5. Let me just say, I have done a lot of eating plans, tried different approaches to weight management, and this one appears to be a great fit for me. I love that it is simple – no crazy food or weird recipes. Simple is best for me. 

It comes with food cups and your serving sizes are set. No complicated measuring! You choose from a list of food for each type of container and you are done. You do one 30 minute workout a day and drink lots of water. I chose to use my Young Living Pure Protein Complete Chocolate (PDF printable information sheet) powder instead of purchasing the more expensive Shakeology and I will say the shakes are almost my favorite part of the day! I will be sharing next week some of the recipes I have gathered and used with the Protein Shakes that Young Living has. I have Vanilla on the way too!  

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My Favorite Workout APPS for Home & Travel


Okay, I admit it…. I get bored with working out.

I have been a runner since high school and have enjoyed that form of exercise as well as self-care. There is nothing like taking off on a run, with the wind blowing against your face and just the road ahead.

I love it.  I have completed several half-marathons; I work much better at consistency when I have a goal, so when I am training for a race, I will meet my weekly goals for running much better.  

As I get older, my body tends to fight me more when I run.  Achilles issues from 20 years ago are flaring up and this body is just not what it used to be at nearly FIFTY!  (Yikes, did I say that!???  I am getting close at 48!)

So I have found that some other exercise options work much better for me.  With the travel I have been doing this summer and my love of variety, there are a few APPS that I have grown to love.

Get ready to kick your exercise routine into gear.  Whether you have 10 minutes, 25 minutes or an hour – you will find these so helpful in just telling you what to do, plus they are FREE!

What I love about these APPS:

Work out Anywhere!

Yep, whether you are at home, in a hotel or even outside at the park, you can break out the APP and pick a workout that fits your time frame and your location.



There is so much variety – here are your choices with each APP

SWork it – Lite:  You can choose form strength, cardio, yoga and stretching

SWork it Butt:  You have some serious rear end work – Brazillian lift, Rump roaster and Feel the Burn!

Work it Abs & Core:  Absolutely Awesome, Back Strength and Complete Core – all for FREE!

Set Your Desired Time

Only have 10 minutes to work out – no sweat – you can choose from 5 to 60 minutes.  

Examples of Exercises

I enjoy the real examples of people displaying the exercise for you on the screen, no second guessing what the move is suppose to be.  It also gives you vocal queues for the next exercise which keeps the flow going.

Find out more on this APP HERE

Run Keeper

My other favorite is Run Keeper, because when I do run and walk I like to keep track :-)  The  APP keeps track of your location and tracks your miles if you have the GPS on – which I truly enjoy.  When I do my treadmill walking, I can manually enter the distance and time, so it helps me keep an accurate record of my activity.

I am in the process of using a new treadmill desk that my hubby made for me so I can get work done while walking on my treadmill.  We are working on the details, but I will be sure to share the final result.  There are many different options for treadmill desks, but we have a great Treadmill so just needed to make a desk to fit onto so I could do a lot of my working while walking.


Energy and Focus for Moms – Yes, Please!



I had a different post to share with you all – Summer Salad recipes, so watch for that on Thursday – but I had a special announcement that is time critical and wanted to share this post with you today!  Read on…..

Summer is hard – kids are busy, temperatures are rising, there’s lots of travel with family vacations and relatives visiting and we can end up running our bodies just a little too hard.

That has been me this summer, traveling a lot.  I am so thankful for a tiny secret I keep right in my pantry (or find in my purse when I am away from home).

NingXia Nitro – the perfect afternoon delight!

Forget the afternoon coffee drinks to keep you going – Ningxia Nitro is a healthy alternative to chemical-laden, anti-nutritional energy drinks. Forget Red Bull,  5 Hour Energy drink, AMP or Rockstar – there is a NEW Rockstar in town!

What I love about Ningxia Nitro:

This powerhouse combines 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils with naturally powerful ingredients to lift mental clarity and focus while also providing a surge of energy when needed.

It also is great for your fitness program – I used this during my last half-marathon instead of the traditional GU Energy a lot of distance runners use. It was fabulous and I felt great. 

I just drink it directly from the tube – but it can also be mixed with water.  

How can you get some Ningxia Nitro to add to your routine?  I have a great bonus and a very special announcement to share.

Beginning today, July 13th – August 14th – Young Living is offering a special, “Light the Fire” promotion on New Members who purchase a Premium Starter Kit by offering $10 off, that makes getting started with Young Living an even better deal!  

In addition, for a limited time I am offering some fun FREEBIES if you purchase a Premium Starter Kit with me.  You will get two samples of Ningxia Nitro – among some other goodies too!  A perfect way to get started with Young Living and also try my “afternoon delight”.

CLICK HERE to learn more and get started using therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living.

When Self-Care is Non-Negotiable


I’ve been away from blogging for two weeks – remember me?  My last post shared about the essential oils I planned to bring on my international trip.  Well, I returned from said trip on Sunday, having had a much larger adventure than I planned.

I arrived in Venice with a pulsing finger, infected from an earlier simple procedure my dermatologist had done – a huge bummer to deal with while overseas, but I did come armed and prepared!  Then I began having digestive issues which became a much bigger issue and I spent two days in a Croatian clinic dealing with that (the entire experience will be a complete blog post, so stay tuned for that!).  

We returned to our cruise ship after a crazy day of “The Amazing Race” type travel to enjoy the last three days of the cruise and had a great time.

But on the day of return our flight was delayed, we missed our connection and had one more day away from home.  I was exhausted, worn out and depleted beyond what I could ever imagine.

Usually I tend to just ‘buck up’ and keep pushing when things get a bit tough.  My plan was to come back to blogging Monday – yes, three days ago…..but that didn’t happen.  I was tired and I needed some time to adjust back to normal life.  I was away for 13 days – crazy!

But here I sit, trying to ‘get back to normal’ and I am severely struggling.  41XVyWa4iyL

While I was away on my vacation I read the book,  “Nourished:  A Search for Health, Happiness, and a Full Night’s Sleep” by Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph.  It was just what my mind needed to hear and my heart needed to have permission to feel.  I know see the timing of me reading this book, was not a by chance encounter, but a divine intervention.

So, instead of rushing back to a blogging schedule I am taking some time for self-care – to nourish my soul and get the rest my body was craving when I left on vacation, but certainly did not receive.  The saying, “I need a vacation from my vacation,” is certainly true for me this time around.

So I may be a bit infrequent here, but know I am caring for myself in ways I so encourage other moms to do, but rarely allow myself the grace to fit it in. 

I will be:

Sleeping when I am tired

Allowing God to speak to my worn out heart

Taking time to enjoy my kids during the first part of summer

Supporting and reviving my body – all naturally so it can serve me well  

Focusing on my marriage and being more intentional

Those are just a few of the things I will be more worried about than writing a blog post.  I am afraid if I don’t allow the time and space for my body to recover and fall in place, things could get rather ugly.

I love that word, Nourished.  I don’t know that I have ever even put it in the same sentence as myself – but for now….I am taking time to Nourish myself so I can be who God wants and desires me to be.

I’ll be back to share my adventure and some fabulous pictures with you too!