How to Get Everything You Want

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{Via}

I'm finally back in the swing of things after getting my daughter back into school. We've finalized her schedule, picked some extra-curricular activities, and gotten her situated in general. Where does that leave me? More importantly, since by now you've gotten your kids back in school, where does that leave you? 

Probably trying to figure out how to get the most of what you want out of what you've already got! Huh?! In other words, if you want some things in your life you don't have right now, is it possible to get them?

This time of year starts, at least for me, the start of a "new year" ... new school year equals new year for me. And, every new school year I start a new 100 days ... this year I started my 100 days on September 10th, so my 100th day will be my daughter's last day of school before holiday break. {If you haven't read The Successful Single Mom, you're probably scratching your head and wondering what I'm talking about. Learn more in here, and get your *free* 100 day plan here.} 

Single Mom Self-Esteem Boosters

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{Via}
If you're anything like me {and I know you are, because I get your emails!}, your self-esteem took a beating both during your relationship and as you have become a single mom. As if the daily challenges of being a single mom were not enough, you have the added social stigma that comes with being a solo parent. While I think society is becoming more accepting of single moms, I think we still have a long way to go. HOWEVER, I'm not one to sit back and wait -- I'm more of a take-charge and make things happen kind of gal. 

Which is why I believe it is up to you to take how you feel about yourself and your situation and intentionally drive it up about a zillion notches until you're feeling pretty darn amazing about yourself.

Less Stress, More Sanity

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{Via}

School has been back in session for just one week, and already I feel (still feel?) behind. I had such high hopes for school starting, thinking I would be able to get "right back to it" once a routine was established. I guess I'm just going to have to be patient, and ease back into productivity, rather than being able to jump into the deep end of the pool. Can anyone else relate?

So as I was reflecting about my own frustrations with delays and denials, along with my inability to be patient, I thought about what I needed to do to keep my sanity levels high and my stress levels low. If you resonate with this at all, here are some ideas I know will help:

1. Practice extreme self-care. I know I honk this particular horn a lot, and I really feel like it's a necessary first step to keeping our heads above water as we're navigating an imperfect life. It may seem counter-intuitive to put yourself and your needs seemingly above your kids' and their needs, and yet I will say again, "A happy mom has happy kids." When you bounce around with a skip in your step and a smile on your face, you give your kids a feeling of security like nothing else can. Whether it's a girls' night out or a quick escape for a hot bath, turn your attention to yourself immediately and regularly.

Keeping Your Sanity During Back-to-School

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Raise your hands if you're super excited about back-to-school! {Hands in the air!!} In our house, that day is tomorrow! I love the laid-back pace of summer, and yet there always seems to be a gap between the activities my daughter has the opportunity to participate in and my workload.

While the school year presents it's own set of challenges, I much prefer the structure because it allows me to plan and get much more done. So, as you can probably tell, I'm psyched about school starting in just a few hours!

Single Mom, Can You Fit in Getting Fit?

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A kid, a job, and a small ass. Seriously? I’m a single mom! Do I have to look great, too?
No ma'am, you don't have to do anything ... but I know you want to look great and, of course, feel great.
It is, without a doubt, a challenge to fit in a workout when you have a husband, no job, no kids and an abundance of time and money. Compound the challenge by becoming a single mom and you may just feel too overwhelmed and give up.
But please don't! There are many, many ways to "fit in getting fit," and here are just a few of my favorites:
Join a gym with childcare. Utilize the entire amount of time to workout, use the sauna, and shower. If you're lucky enough to have a Lifetime Fitness near you, they give you up to four (4!) hours of kid care ... during which time you can do your workout, get ready, and then have time to get some work done (while enjoying a snack) in their cafe.