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Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Quote of the Day: Memorial Day Edition

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Quote of the Day

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Quote of the Day

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A Step Closer To Taking Flight!

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Another end-of-the-school-year moment abounds with joy and wild uncertainty. We started the school year hoping to get through the first week and blinked right into the last day of school. Every year speeds faster than the previous, leaving me exhausted and unable to grasp how I’ve matured enough to move forward while keeping my head on my shoulders. I’ve joyfully seen the great beginnings in my kids’ lives--learning to tie their shoes, dance to songs on the radio, and discover the alphabet, but then everything sped up, and I’m now facing this unreal, soon-to-be last year of high school for my oldest.

My kids opened my eyes to the magic of genuine love each time they hugged me, cried, and laughed—the power of those emotions made me see the world anew and fueled me to keep going through the difficult and happy stages. This upcoming year will undoubtedly be a combination of joy and uncertainty of many firsts’ steps toward adulthood.

Over the years, I’ve told my therapist, friends, husband,…

Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Quote of the Day

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Quote of the Day

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Have Mercy...

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Right after Mother’s Day weekend, I read this excellent post by author Elizabeth Gilbert: “What we, as a culture, expect from our mothers is merely that they not be human. Mothers are meant to be some combination of Mother Mary, Mother Theresa, Superwoman, and Gaia. It’s a merciless standard of perfection. Merciless!” I sat at lunch with my good friend Lesa the same day I read this, and I told her about it. She couldn’t wrap her head around having mercy on her mom because they have such a volatile relationship, but she heard me out because she knows my relationship with my mom non-existent. I told her that Elizabeth’s post made me see my mom with mercy, and that changed so much for me.

Elizabeth went on to say, “God help your mother, if she ever fell short. God help your mother, if she was exhausted & overwhelmed. God help her if she didn’t understand her kids. God help her if she [had] no gift for raising children. God help her if she had desires and longings. God help her if she …

Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Bestiegram: Mother's Day

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Here's a free downloadable BestieGram for Mother's Day!

Quote of the Day

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Quote of the Day

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Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Quote of the Day

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Quote of the Day

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You've Raised Me Up!

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When the May issue of O Magazine arrived, I walked it over to the recycle bin. The May issue of any magazine is painful to read because it's dedicated to stories about moms, and while I have a great relationship with my daughter, the strained relationship with my mom is one I'd like not to be reminded about. Time has helped me heal and understand so much about my mom, and I absolutely believe she did the best she could under the circumstances of not having a foundation with her mother, extreme poverty at home and then as immigrants—my mom didn't have the mental capacity to cope with her children, so she didn't. And while I still don't agree with the way she handled my younger years, I have learned to have empathy for the woman my mother had to be and ultimately continued to want to be.

Before the magazine hit the recycle bin, I caught a glimpse of the quote on the cover, "It's possible to have many mothers. There's the one who gave birth to you, and the…

Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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