me and my guys--photo by Julianne Kahlbaugh
Right. Like anyone who has tried to set the intention for their Mother's day has ever really had success in "attracting" the Mother's day they desire. Am I bitter? Actually no. I'm not going to tell you that brunch, breakfast in bed, or whatever [...]
The Space In Between: an Essay on Loss
For those who don’t know me personally, I need to start with who died. Not because you know her, but because you should have. Laura deserved to be known and loved by everyone. She was a prosecutor. While [...]
Myself with a recent donor family, and our compassionate nurse, Maggie
Some things and some people change your life forever. I've spoken of my sister-in-law and her unexpected passing which shook our family.
What I haven't shared to this point is that Laura, fierce mother, loyal friend, and [...]
I love trying new things. As long as I won't hurt myself or someone else, I'm down to try almost anything. Curiosity gives me life.
Last fall, I was asked to speak on a podcast. I honestly only started listening to podcasts at the beginning of 2018, so I didn't really know what it was all [...]
The Importance of YOUR self language
I have a solid sense of humor and definitely enjoy making my OWN self the butt of a joke from time to time. Self-deprecating humor can be really effective as an ice-breaker or to diffuse a tense situation. Yet many of us overuse it and it becomes part of [...]
Raise your hand if you have those not-so-quiet voices in your head telling you that you CANNOT do or be something you want?
Insecurities are like little gremlins in greek chorus convincing us we will fail, be laughed at, whatever. They rob us of our courage every day.
I posted about my [...]
The Invisible Woman
I see absolutely stunning beauty in EACH woman I meet. I feel her power. I sense her soul. I bet if I asked if these sameladies if they see it in themselves, 80% would say no.
Confidence is sadly lacking in so many women, and as we age, it can become harder to find our [...]
Tomorrow I turn 49.
Yup. I'm ready.
With just 366 days until I turn 50, I wanted to reflect on some things I've discovered in my forties, and what I plan to accomplish before my half century mark.
I think many women struggle with this milestone, but I find it sort of freeing. Each decade [...]
February is my birthday month and Valentine's, and GALentine's, so I like to do it up BIG! There's nothing but snow and nastiness this time of year, so I may as well celebrate the ISH outta the month, right?
I actually have some fun things planned, and a remembrance also as we will honor the [...]
For the past few years, I've struggled with my hair. As a dyed redhead, color doesn't hold very well. Hormones have totally changed the quality of my hair as well--from thinning to dryness and everything in between.
Many women from their 30's on experience these sorts of changes and it's [...]
It's a gloomy time of year for those of us in the northern hemisphere. Many of us struggle with sunless days that lead to less-than-sunny moods. This makes it a great time of year to adopt color into your wardrobe, but how?
Now complicate it--there's a color you LOVE, that MAKES YOU HAPPY but [...]
In search of REST
In previous blog posts (like this one and this one), I've shared my endless quest for a good night's sleep. Late this past summer, a doctor shared with me that our country has an actual sleep crisis going on. Specific to me, he shared that high-achieving women in their 40's [...]
Yeah, a lot of 2018 was awful. Many folks I know, including our family, suffered tremendous loss and challenge in 2018. While I am glad to see the year end, it also fostered a ton of learning about myself and provided opportunities to meet some incredible new people. For that I am truly [...]
Just a quick vlog to update you all on what's been up with Moxie Mama and what's coming for 2019. Honestly, this is me just staying real and keeping you in the loop. I am so grateful to everyone who takes a moment out of his or her day to say HI, leave a comment, hit a like button, and share. I [...]
Luck be a Lady
People often tell me I'm lucky. Maybe. But I think what I actually am is curious, and it pays off. I have MOXIE.
I try really hard to live fearlessly and try new things. Ziplines, helicopter rides, singing in a band...you name it. If I had a chance to ride a camel I would [...]
Poor Linus. His loyalty to the Great Pumpkin knows no end! Sally thinks she was fooled, but I would suggest that Linus just didn't find the most sincere pumpkin patch. How do I know? Because it truly exists, right in my back yard.
The family [...]
Since a big chunk of Moxie Mama is parenting, but specifically the BOY MOM arena, I felt I should speak about this really important, after-school special moment.
The internet is currently filled with he said/she said, comments about ruining someone's life over an event from high school, and [...]
A note from Sam:
As I went to publish my recap and review of Pittsburgh Fashion week, an event that impacted me greatly and was so great for our community, it came to my attention that PDCDC chose to end their creative collaboration with Ms. Elysia Newman. I am confused and astounded at this [...]