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5 Ways That Social Media Makes Your Life Better
5 Ways That Social Media Makes Your Life Better

We all know the negatives of living in our social media universe. The blue light hinders our eyesight. The constant dump of negativity mixed with highlight reels leaves us angry, bitter, and trapped in comparison. On the off chance that you do meet up with […]

Find Freedom From the Burden of Religion
Find Freedom From the Burden of Religion

On the surface, he seemed to have it all. He was young, handsome, and well dressed. He was admired by his peers and respected in his community. He was educated, wealthy, and hard working. The synagogue leaders applauded his good behavior. His parents beamed with […]

The More the Muddier Finding My Grit in the Dirt
The More the Muddier—Finding My Grit in the Dirt

The morning of my first mud run (well, my first run ever, really), I had been painfully persuaded into adventuring into the world of the somewhat competitive and athletic. Neither of which I am. Not in shape, not prepared mentally or physically. During the weeks […]

You Don’t Have to Be Strong All by Yourself
You Don’t Have to Be Strong All by Yourself

I’ve thought a lot about strength lately. Working full-time, raising three young kids, my husband going through a job change… During this crazy life stage, I hear a lot of, “You’re so strong”; “How do you do it all?”; “How are you so strong?” It’s […]

7 of the Best Summer Vacation Trips to Take
7 of the Best Summer Vacation Trips to Take

There’s nothing quite like a summer vacation. Between the sun’s warm rays, the excitement of a new adventure, and a week or two away from the office, summer vacation just might be one of my favorite times of the year. But what I love most […]

When Life Is Wearing You Out
When Life Is Wearing You Out

I’ve watched it many times. Always off the east coast, always over the Atlantic. The arrival of the orange orb announced by its preceding yellow light. The light that dances off the waves, illuminates all that sleeps, heralds the day, embraces me. The horizon that […]

I Said I Would Never Date Again, but Then
I Said I Would Never Date Again, but Then…

My children have given their blessing for me to date and remarry, but my son had one stipulation: “As long as he has a yacht.” Although I’ve been deeply content as a widow and there are no boyfriend possibilities, I drafted an inventory of the […]

Why You Need to Let Your Teenager Go
Why You Need to Let Your Teenager Go

My daughter’s middle school recently held a parent meeting for students interested in its biennial trip to Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas. This excited me and also terrified me for a couple of reasons. It doesn’t seem possible that I have a child old enough […]

This is Why I Did a DNA Test
This Is Why I Did a DNA Test

It’s the longing in all of us, the feeling that causes us to stare out at the endless horizon standing at the ocean’s edge. The part of us that draws our gaze to the multi-layered masterpiece of a nearby mountain ridge. Those of us who […]

What Is the Best Love Story Ever Told
What Is the Best Love Story Ever Told?

I sit this morning, alone, watching as the sun crests the peak of my home. It is quiet, with a waterfall in the background and nature sounds playing their melody… I ponder the gravity of this season. It is once again Easter. I am reminded […]

When Your Best Friend Breaks Up With You

Friendship is a true gift and a unique relationship, unlike any other I’ve ever experienced. We don’t talk about friendships breaking up as much as we talk about our romantic relationships; maybe it’s because the unique relationship between girlfriends is too hard to voice. The […]

Now You Can Have a Closet You're Excited About
Now You Can Have a Closet You’re Excited About

So, it’s time for an updated wardrobe. Oh, darn. What a tragedy. Yes, that is 100% sarcasm. What could possibly be a better gift to you, your confidence, and your closet than new clothes that you love, fit right, and make you feel good? A […]

7 Faith Podcasts That Will Encourage Every Mom
These Faith-Based Podcasts Will Encourage Every Mom

Ever heard the phrase, “It takes a village,” about raising kids? Well, with three young ones who are only getting older and more complicated, I need a whole village to myself! Shoot, each kid needs their own village. Each child is so different; this means […]

Who Else Wants This Kind of Hairdresser
Who Else Wants This Kind of Hairdresser?

You have heard it said that behind every beautiful woman is a hairstylist who loves her. I’d have to agree because that’s me, Jodi Shultz, the hairstylist who passionately loves my clients! After 19 years working behind the chair, I have to say that the […]

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Ask Dr. Zoe – Stuck on My Long Lost Love

‘Honestly Unable’ Asked: Dear Dr. Zoe: I fell in love with someone as a very young girl. Truly in love. My mother interfered and separated us keeping me in the dark. I cannot seem to stop thinking of how it could have been especially because […]