How to Visit National Parks for Free to Create Fun Family Memories for a Lifetime


By Stephanie Pletka It was a hot summer day in June, as our car slowly meander through Yellowstone, passing waterfalls and streams. The kids were all fighting in the backseat over who was taller, when suddenly, a 2000-pound scruffy buffalo, nonchalantly walked by our side view mirror, down the yellow line along the winding road;

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Steph’s Morning Routine


Conversations with Catherine Anaya: Reseting Perspective During Pandemic


Finding the Masterpiece in the Mess


A gr-8 conversation with By His Grace Podcast on why Living Your Best Life isn’t about being perfect or wrapping life in a pretty red bow. We may have laughed a lot and she may have called me a joy dispenser. Hey kids, is mommy a joy dispenser? Snicker! Snicker! Check it out! There’s a

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5 Ways to Re-set Your Perspective


Conversations with Catherine: Chat with Stephanie Pletka, author of ‘Living Your Best Life’. She talks about re-setting your perspective during COVID-19 and best practices for giving yourself grace.

5 Steps to Thriving During Quarantine

Interviewed by Susan Miller, CEO of Just Moved Ministries, dedicated to the spiritual growth and emotional well-being of women who are uprooted by a move or major life change. Life wasn’t meant to be wrapped in a little red bow. Whether you’re working from home, have experienced a job loss, are empty nesters, or herding

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Fierce Calling Podcast


What a great interview w/ the Fierce Calling Podcast. We unpacked Expectations, Boundaries, and the Steps to Being Yourself. “Make sure your worst enemy is not living between your own two ears.” ~ Laird Hamilton

The Power of a Good Plan B


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 Create New 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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Letting Go: You Can’t Steer From a Parked Car


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 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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Looking for Happiness at the Next Stop?


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 states and 9

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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 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,  $13 in change. The very thing holding me down, weighing on my shoulders

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Family Adventure Podcast: Why We Travel & Lessons Learned


/ We were interviewed by Erik Hemingway of the Family Adventure Podcast, as we traveled with 6 family members across 45 states and 9 countries. Want to know WHY we travel, How we Paid for it, LESSONS LEARNED from the road? How to get UNSTUCK from the Hamster Wheel of Life and Raise Selfless Kids

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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 the ‘Enough’ 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 moving, nothing special,

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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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