6 Tips to Tame Your Anxiety Right NOW

I have always struggled with a bit of depression and anxiety. I found some relief through sobriety but still occasional face discomforts that span anywhere from butterflies in my stomach, to full on panic attacks, to really low, bottomless pits of sadness and loneliness-- for no apparent reason. Gratefully, I have tools today that I can turn to that I use to pull myself out of those ruts. I keep them handy and force myself to do them, (because in moments of desperation- who can remember or find the energy?) I share in hopes they help you or a loved one.  

Why We Don't Do "Time Out" Anymore- and Do THIS Instead

When my daughter turned two, my husband and I found ourselves sending our daughter to "time out" when she didn't follow the rules or listen. Why? Well, because that's what we thought would work. Most parents I knew did it, and I didn't really have any other options. It worked the first few times, and we felt darn proud! But then- it stopped. Not the time out, the listening. She started making a game of it, putting herself in time out -- frustrating the heck out of my husband and I. We were stumped. It wasn't working. 

5 Tips for Working Moms Who Want to Create More Time + Happiness

As a busy woman, it is often hard to imagine having it ALL- a strong marriage, raising grounded and healthy children, and success inside a career. More times than not, you'll hear working women say "there isn't enough hours in the day to get it all done," or "I wish there were two of me." The good news is, there is no need to continue feeling stressed out, overwhelmed, and quite frankly- unhappy. After feeling time and time again like I was being continuously washed away by life, I decided it was time to make a change. Here are my 5 tips to create more time, and ultimately more happiness in your life.

Recent Happenings...

Happy New Year friends! Maybe you have been following this blog for a while, or perhaps we were recently brought together thanks to last Falls (ahhhmazing!) Palm Mom convention! If you attended, you should have received my FREE e-book titled "Moms and Mental Health: WHAT it is, WHY it matters, HOW to cope." Regardless, I am so grateful we have connected and I wanted to share with you a bit about the recent happenings over here at Mombo Jombo and upcoming ways you can get involved.

My last will + testament

With Christmas fast approaching and the hustle and bustle of holiday festivities, this was the last thing I wanted to finish. But it needed to be done as in the blink of an eye- life can change and I could be gone. My husband urged me to share it with all of you, and so here it is. I hope it encourages you to write a few things down for your loved ones too.

Hitchhiking home

My girlfriend texted me one night last week asking for my help in praying for her grandmother who had dementia and was missing. The city's police ground and helicopter officers were all searching yet hadn't been able to locate her.

#Voices Project

Part of my mission is to align myself with other individuals who seek to share their own stories to fight back against the shame and stigma that society tends to place on addicts, and Ryan Hampton is one of those people. If you aren't familiar with him, he is sort of a ROCK STAR in the recovery world.

What my second child is already teaching me

When I had my first daughter, I was so anxious and worried all the time. I didn't have the confidence as a mother yet, and focused a lot of energy on getting her into a routine. I stressed whether I was doing "it right," and each day felt like a such a blur. Now with my second just two weeks old, I'm already realizing how different it is. She's teaching me a lot!