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Life Lately: Childbirth & Sleep Deprivation

I’ve been on a bit of a writing hiatus since the birth of my second child, but I’m slowly starting to get into a routine and write more. I have two new FE Media parenting posts to share with you. Click the photos to read, and I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for reading and I hope to be back writing more soon.

Healing After Traumatic Childbirth: 7 Keys to a Better Birth Experience

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6 Strategies to Survive Sleep Deprivation that Don’t Include Sleep When the Baby Sleeps

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My newborn and I about two weeks after birth, bleary-eyed with sleep deprivation but happy and thankful!

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Two New FE Media Blog Posts

I haven’t been writing as much with the preparation for the birth of my second child, but I do have two new parenting blog posts I wrote for FE Media to share with you. Please click the photos to read. I hope you enjoy them, and thanks for reading!

Our Second Act: What I Currently Have in Common with the Duchess of Cambridge

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19 Survival Tips for the Last Month of Pregnancy

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Four New Articles

I’ve been blessed to have four new articles published right around the same time (although I didn’t write them all at the same time). Below are links to two new articles in Profiles in Diversity Journal, one new mom blog post at my parenting blog for FE MediaThe FTM Chronicles, and one new story for Affect Magazine. Please click on the photos to read the stories, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on any or all of the new stuff. Thanks so much for reading!

Profiles in Diversity Journal: To read these articles, please click the photo, then click the zoom button to the right of the magnifying glass.

Student Conservation Association Diversifying National Park Service with Exciting Initiatives

SCA (12) Top Pharmaceutical Executive Pedro Lichtinger on Hispanic Youth Outreach and Diversity as Corporate Culture

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A Veggie Tale: 11 Ways to Get Toddlers to Eat Vegetables

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New Kind of Poetry Slam for Alzheimer’s, Dementia Sufferers

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7 Things to Do for Yourself as a Mom (Plus 1 Bonus)

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and weekend. My latest post at the parenting blog I write for FE Media is called “7 Things to Do for Yourself as a Mom.” Click the photo to read.

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At the end of the post I mention that my list is “by no means complete.” Another self-care activity I enjoy is writing in my journal. I like to free write. I set a timer for 15 minutes and write by hand with the goal of not stopping my pen. I write as fast as I can, whatever comes into my mind.

Recently I learned a new journaling technique I want to share with you. I first heard of it from Monica Cost, a corporate consultant, author of the parenting blog Mom-wise at FE Media, and author of the book The Things I Used to do to Sneeze!: How to Live an Authentic Life with Awesome Emotional Sensations

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The process works like this: every night before I go to sleep, I write down three things:

1. Something that went well

2. Something I want to accomplish tomorrow

3. Something I’m looking forward to in the future

For example, here’s the list I made the night of November 22:

1. Something that went well: turned in my mom blog post 2 days early

2. Something I want to accomplish tomorrow: write draft of blog post

3. Something I’m looking forward to in the future: watching NFL football

Review your list in the morning. I’ve found since I started doing this, I’m looking for the positives in my day instead of dwelling on negative things that inevitably happen. I’m also accomplishing more. When I write down one thing I want to do that day, and then get it done, I receive an endorphin rush and this usually leads to getting a few more things finished. The third benefit I’ve seen is once the event I’m looking forward to in the future arrives, I’m able to slow down and be present in that moment I’ve been anticipating rather than it flying by in a rush.

If you try this technique, I’d love to hear your thoughts. I’d also love to know what you do to relax and recharge, especially during this busy holiday season.