must have mama books

I am preparing for a local retreat for moms that I am leading & put this list together as inspiration & a “must read” library.

enjoy& let me know what you would add!

* I love the Hands Free Mama book too but I keep lending it out! so it did not make the picture.




and the light of my heart expands to include the universe that we are all in.

a moments breath

a cold winter walk. bare trees  & crackling branches.

haunting me with the  bitter chill.

it is here in the vast depths of suffering that we can find the  light in our souls

we have the capacity to see the love that surrounds us. its all inclusive.

live on and on

heart to heart

I can feel you around me.

in my cells. with a great beauty you are there.

begin again. breath again. feel again. live it now.

know it is all one.


belly love

On Monday, I read this. 

On Tuesday, Saylor & I went to get Milo out of his crib after nap. He was in a sweet mood. ALL cuddles, no tears. We were playing  on his floor, reading books, snuggling, and he lifted my shirt and started patting my belly. “MAMA belly!”  It was soft, round and he was laughing and smiling  in a super loving tone. Saylor told him, “Milo, that’s where we lived before we were born. We came out of mama’s belly. Look at it!”

And they both started rubbing my belly and looking at my belly button. They were laughing and playing and in her sweetest big sister voice, Saylor told him ” Isn’t that cool Milo? We used to be inside mama’s belly!”

Without ANY fear, criticism, blame, shame or guilt. I  let this happen. I let them explore my belly…..that is not so tight and not so little…That is the HOME where they came from.  As a DIRECT result of reading the blog, I just let them explore my belly. without hiding it or feeling bad about it.

“Do you realize the significance in that? Every limb, finger, toe…her heart, even, developed near the very place my own heart beats inside of my chest. Those mountains of skin are all I have left to prove that we were once one and not two.
How can I be ashamed of that? ”

It was a pretty significant moment for me, as I  NORMALLY would have pulled my shirt down FAST and changed the subject. I would have moved on to another topic.. not beating myself up about it all- but CERTAINLY not letting them actually explore my skin or my roundness.

I feel like this was a great way to start my new year. not on a diet, not wanting or wishing things to be different. just open to experiences as they come.
learning from other inspiring mamas, trying out new practices and just seeing the moment for what is.


a few books for YOU!

here are a few of my FAVORITE books to inspire, learn, grow, and CREATE!

What are yours? This list was for 2013.. more to come!




Right Brain Buisness Plan Jennifer Lee
Life is a Verb Patti Dign


Fire Starter Sessions DAnielle LaPorte
The Art of Non Comformity Chris Guillebeau
Getting Things Done David Allen
The $100 Start Up Chris Guillebeau
The War of Art Steven Pressfield
The Big Enough Company Adelaide Lancaster& Amy Abrams
Off Balance Mathew Kelly
Delivering Happiness Tony Hsieh
Creating Your Best life CAroline Miller
Uncertainty Jonathan Fields
Daring Greatly Brene Brown
Re WORK Jason Fried
Crush It Gary VAy New Chuck
The Dream Manager Mathew Kelly
The Happiness Project & Happier at Home Gretchen Rubin
12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women  
The Power of Less Leo Babauta
Start Where You Are Pema Chodron


The Way of the Happy Woman Sara Avant Stover