Podcast Interview w/ Aaron Gendle of Daily Authors


Don’t Let Their “NO” Be Your “NO.” See it as a small road block to your destination and keep truckin’ on. Flexibility is key. No one talks about Plan A’s, because it’s not a thing. Hardly anything is successful on the 1st try. That’s why we all talk about Plan B’s.

Endings That Become Beginnings


What Does Your Next Chapter Look Like? Change Ahead! Have you ever had a plan that failed,* a career that ended* a school you weren’t accepted to* a promotion that didn’t pan out* a marriage that didn’t survive* kids that got sidetracked* and life looked pretty bleak? Boy, that happened to me. I love to plan and dream about

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Family Adventure Podcast


This family of six decided to live a life like no other and hit the road for a life of adventuring, traveling to 45 states and 9 countries in three years, via trains, planes and Rv’s.

Letting Go


Let go of all the things you have no control over: another person’s health, their reactions, other’s expectations, the loss of a job, a break up, a move across country, an illness, your past, whether your child is accepted to a certain school. Let go of it! It’s like trying to wrestle an F5 hurricane

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7 Steps to Creating Life’s Breathing Room


Exhausted, hurried, angry? Do these words best describe you? You’re moving at such a fast pace, you high-five yourself on the interstate. You’re behind the eight ball at every turn with no end in sight. You’re late to work, late to carpool and you remember in Costco that your kids had early release. Oh for

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3 Steps to Treasure the NOW


I don’t have time to hold your guinea pig. Are you ever in the middle of a text, a deadline, the end of a compelling movie or on the back deck eating the last chocolate cookie and here they come: Hey mom, what are you doing? Check out my new skateboard trick outside. Can you

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Are You Battle Ready?


Battle Ready Book Review Want to train your mind to conquer challenges, defeat doubt and live victoriously? Yes, Please! I interviewed the author, Kelly Balarie to find out why she wrote Battle Ready. First of all, this book is such an easy read, chock full of relatable girlfriend, growing up stories that take you back

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Looking for Happiness at the Next Stop?


By Stephanie Pletka I’m a destination addict. I love to experience adventure. The adrenal rush of new places, people, cultures, and ideas excites me. And boy, do I love change. Well at least the good kind. For three years we educated our four kids while we worked and traveled. Planes, trains, and Airbnbs, in 45

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Swim, Bike, Run: Finding Myself Again


SWIM, BIKE, RUN! I hadn’t raced in a triathlon since I was in my mid-20’s. That was 20 years ago. My SWIM BIKE RUN had become, COOK, CLEAN and Wipe little butts. A few things have changed over the years: my weight, my fitness level and like most, I’ve had kids, lots of them. My

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Strength Developed From Motherhood


Written for scottsdale.citymomsblog.com Before kids, I slept in as late as I wanted, Remember those days, girls?  No kids, extra money and after putting in a 50 hour work week, weekends were made for adventure and exploration. Running to the grocery store was a breeze. It was just Me, Myself and I. Grab wine, grill

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Keep the Change


Do you ever feel like you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders?  In my case, it came in the form of a purse.  I bought this cute, sassy little bag and before I knew it, I had stashed inside, a pair of socks, a kid’s iPad, extra snacks, 3 home repair receipts

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Family Adventure Podcast: Why We Travel & Lessons Learned


129- Spit Up and Heels We were interviewed by Erik Hemingway of the Family Adventure Podcast. Want to know WHY we travel, How we PAY for it, LESSONS LEARNED from the road? How to get UNSTUCK from the Hamster Wheel of Life and Raise Selfless Kids in an Entitled World? 129- Spit Up and Heels

Warning: Escaping Your Comfort Zone May Lead to A Life of Adventure


We visited the Wisconsin Dell’s Waterpark this summer and frankly, I was good with dropping the kids off and going antique shopping. But no, they were begging me to go. Please, mom, go on the rides with us. In my head, I found myself kickin’ and screamin’-  tired of doing things out of my comfort

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7 Reasons Moms Feel Isolated


I sat on the end of my bed in tears, with 3 kids in tow, a supportive spouse and a good life, but something was missing. I had started a Video Production Co. a year earlier, and with the juggles and struggles of work/family balance, deciphering how many ways to cook a chicken, and dropping

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8 Life Lessons Kids Learn from Travel


Warning:  If You Travel with Kids, They Will Be Changed Forever Mark Twain once said: Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. In the last 3 years, our family of 6 has traveled to 45 states, 10 countries and 9 National Parks via planes, trains, and automobiles, before moving to Scottsdale, AZ to explore

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No One Told Me It Was the Last Time


When I was a kid, summers held the fondest memories! My little sister and I jumped off our old green boathouse into the lake, giggling as we ran toward the house eating peach ice cream; making our way to the trampoline, dodging the sprinkler system. Barefoot and carefree.  Life was full of promise. But then one

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Allowing the End of a Season to Create a New Beginning

When crying, fighting and resisting can’t stop the Inevitable by Stephanie Pletka I LOVE new beginnings. I love it when a new door opens, new friends join my circle, new adventures, new new new. It excites me. It brings oxygen, a freshness to a season. But with new beginnings, it also means an end. When

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10 Reasons We Don’t Rock at Motherhood


At 38, with 4 kids under 7 and a business to run, to say my life was in ‘Busy’ mode, was an understatement. I was throwing and slinging, washing and strolling, jumping railroad tracks and breaking laws, trying to make carpool on time. Life was about HOW FAST I could check off the TO DO

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Celebrating World’s Okayest Mom

World’s OKAYEST MOM In college, my focus was less on education and more on socialization.I wholeheartedly scored an A in Fraternizing, Consorting and my dedication to commemorating an occasion. My grades were OK. There are moments when we shine in life and others when we’re just OK. The vital signs on the Monitor are still

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Where Did My Sexy Go?

Have you ever eaten a fantastic dessert, as you held an interesting conversation, looked down and thought, “Who Ate My Pie?” As I’ve raised kids, climbed the corporate ladder, and worked the PTA gig, I’ve often wondered: Where did my Sexy Go? I began searching for it. Did someone steal it from under my nose?

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Time for a New Outlook? 3 Ways to Keep the Change

          by Stephanie Pletka Do you ever feel like you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders? In my case, it came in the form of a purse. I bought this cute, sassy designer bag and before I knew it, I had stashed extra diapers, a pair of socks,

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