Author Archives: michelle

Parenthood

Parenthood

Nolan and I recently took a mother-son trip. 

I never knew I could love someone so much. And, maybe, as importantly, that I’d want so much to be a better person, human, communicator and understander (new word) for him every day. 

He is my fellow adventurer and this is the ultimate adventure ~ the love and bettering we do, not just as (their) parents, but as their life allies. 

He inspires me to be better every day (when I’ve written about him over the last decade, I’ve called him my #lifecoach 🙂 ).

Best thing, hands down, I’ve experienced is living life with him as his nurturer, roommate, supporter and friend. 

He, himself, is a great nurturer, roommate, supporter and friend (to me).

Parenthood

Thank you, life, love, and all that’s good for this regal ride and thank you Nolan, for the best relationships or titles I hold are those of being your nurturer, roommate, supporter and friend…z freaking BEST)!!!

Parenthood

Let’s make happiness your business by creating your authentic brand…

To the best of the rest of your life!

Life is good.

Your Comeback Rate

Your Comeback Rate
Yellowstone National Park, July 2022

You know what being outside/in nature (and with a cousin-sister-friend who you talk to about e v e r ything) always always always reminds me of? 

~>The joy of life can not be extinguished if you (can) get back to neutral or peace more quickly next time, faster the time after that and even more swiftly the time after that. 

This is your comeback rate. 

Surrender and surrender more — and — come back.

When you have had a “bad” day, “bad” conversation, “bad” thought or thought loop, whatever it is…play, be playful, and see how quickly you can get back to focusing on solutions, to focusing on what’s thriving…to the tuning or turning back in to your (own/innate) joy.

Your Comeback Rate
Your Comeback Rate

“Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.”

~ Albert Einstein

Let’s make happiness your business by creating your authentic brand…

To the best of the rest of your life!

Life is good!

Nature Quests (And The Only Thing You Have Control Over)

Nature Quests (And The Only Thing You Have Control Over)

Recently I prepped for 1-on-1 & group women’s day quest meetings with YOU in Malibu (created these experiences to match what I, myself, would have needed/wanted, especially after the last couple years, keep eyes peeled!). 

Being here sparked this share…

One of the ONLY things you can control is your breath. 

You can’t control your partner, you can’t control the weather, you can’t control death, you can’t control your kids, you can’t control flight delays this Summer, even eating healthily & working out, you can’t ultimately “control” your exact health picture and how long you’ll live.

But you do have control over how you take in stimuli, or better yet, how you process it or let it affect you & all you do…

Steadying your breath steadies your nervous system, which steadies your thoughts, your reactions to things, your relationships, all steadying your life.

Five breaths in, with an audible exhale out (focus on a powerful out breath). Do that once, or best yet, five times through before saying yes or no to that opportunity, before you talk to your toddler or your teenager, before you do, just be.

Regulating your nervous system is the best gift you can give yourself & biggest gift we can teach our kids. Teach them what they can control to feel better almost instantly!

Change your breath, change your life. 😚

Though the goal in Malibu was to work through how to re-engage the relationship with your biz/purpose project (+ brand language), as well as with the relationship with your partner & child in unique ways, the breath naturally flows more effortlessly out here, so you’ll be “working” that, too. 🙂

🌳🍃

[Started yoga almost 17 years ago after Nolan was born because I heard it was a great workout, but, this is what happened: I walked out a better mother. The breath (space/calm) it taught this woman who has been go, go, go, high energy & always scheming [much in the brain]) unequivocally changed life, my communication & my awareness of self, especially as those harder times roll in like the wind. So! Yoga = not a workout, it’s breath work. And, your LIFE (the calmer one) also breath work!] 😉

Let’s make happiness your business by creating your authentic brand…

To the best of the rest of your life!

Life is good.

How I’m Feeling These Months

I rolled up these sleeves a few months back committing to let go of everything I’ve known about parenting a person 0-16 and learn anew (clean slate!), while enjoying the hell out of this last year before my boy birdie flies (and duh ~ me up for joy and fun? noooo 😉 .

We just finished Junior year being done and I recently got back from witnessing my godson JP graduate from Marin Catholic, Dino’s alma mater. 

We have another graduation party for the son of one my best college friends and my nephew’s graduation was weeks ago and with it all, continued evidence that this most real evolution and transition is looming out there for us (him!) too…

EXCITED FOR THESE HUMANS! All of them!

As parents, we feel much joy in seeing them grow, and the truth (reality is) that when we say hello to something new or a new season (oh joy!), we are also saying goodbye to all that we’ve known and gotten quite comfortable with (hi, sadness!). 

THAT is hard, but I’ll tell you what’s not hard!

Seeing our kids do what THEY want (not what *we* want or society wants). Flyyyy! Zig zag, start, stop, pause, do it all *their* way. 

More than any other time in my years of being Nolan’s mama, this time right here and right now is so utterly filled with meaning and magic…

And you know what? Sometimes meaning and magic can make us cry. 

But if you keep searching, asking and digging to the bottom of all the emotion, what you’ll find is that the very seed planted long ago, since conception, but more so through every emotional or relational commitment and deed or presence is producing the most and I mean the MOST beautiful flowers.

GO ON THEN, GO ON MEN! We need you out there ~> 🌎🙌🏽🌱🙏🏽💙!

Let’s make happiness your business by creating your authentic brand…

To the best of the rest of your life!

Life is good.