Decisions, To Do’s, Your Best & Body Acceptance

BonBon Break

Fork in the Road

~:: Chris Dean of  Life your Way! ::~

People get sick. It’s a natural part of living. Colds, flus, an infection here and there, maybe a broken bone or a sprain; it’s all part of the human condition. But what happens when you get sick and it never goes away and how do you make sense of a life so radically changed?


A year and a half ago my gall bladder went on the fritz. It couldn’t be full of stones like a “normal” “bad” gall bladder, making diagnosis easy. No, instead it had simply stopped “squeezing,” rendering it a useless lump of internal organ. So, out it came with an anticlimactic end to my health issues. Or so we thought. In reality, it was just the beginning of my strange trip.


As the months progressed and new and ever more bizarre symptoms popped up, it became apparent there was something seriously haywire with my system. THAT was when the tests began! I was poked, prodded, X-rayed, and MRI’d enough to make a Roswell Alien jealous and then…




ABOUT CHRIS: Chris Dean is the wife of an extremely tolerant man, Mom of four fairly functional adult-kids, world-class music junkie, and all around nut job! She began writing Life Your Way! as a way to help keep her sanity while going through the diagnostic phase for an autoimmune disease.

Chris dealt with this speed-bump the same way she’s always dealt with these things, education and laughter. Her mantra has become, “A life without laughter is a life unlived.” And living is exactly what she makes it her goal to do and hopefully inspire others to do as well!

When she’s not writing, you can find Chris on Twitter and Facebook.

A Thinking Mama’s To-Do List

 ~:: Awesomely Awake ::~

In an ideal world, we’re all chugging along with clean houses, perfect children and organized pantries.

And then there’s reality that is so far from perfect it’s not even funny.

Despite all this hoopla I write about being intentional, awake, living fully, etc. etc. etc. let’s face it, life is not always picture perfect.

I try to be the best Mama I can. I do.




 Shawn Ledington Fink is the author of The Playful Family. She has been using  mantras as she navigates being an intentional mother of twins, who are now 6 years old. A writer and journalist for nearly 20 years, she has a love of words and being a peaceful, playful and creative Mama. She loves inspiring other families to slow down and inject meaningful moments into their everyday life on her blog Awesomely Awake.
You can find out more about her on PinterestFacebook and Twitter.

Hang On

 ~:: MamaWolfe ::~

Thomas Jefferson had it right when he stated, “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” Twist it around, and those knots are more than just what helps you hang on – they can be the foothold you need to make it back to the top.


ABOUT JENNIFER: When not teaching or mothering her tween and teen, Jennifer Wolfe enjoys writing, blogging, volunteering, traveling, skiing and reading. A native Californian, she enjoys the beach as well as the mountains for relaxation.

A Love Letter to My Body

 ~:: Arms Wide Open ::~

Dear Body,

I hate to say it out loud — but for most of my life, I haven’t liked you. Oh, there was a time, back when I was a little girl, that I thought you were the greatest. I can remember, dimly, when you ran like the wind, and you were pretty, and strong, and I felt free. But then, I got a little older, and people started calling you names…and I believed them.


ABOUT PATSY: Patsy Albrecht is a running, writing, reading, creative wife and the mother of four grown children, living in North Carolina. After recently sending “the baby” off to college and finally adjusting to the first silence in her home in 29 years, she blogs about this next chapter of her life at ArmsWideOpen. She also created a fitness/motivational Facebook page by the same name, through which she facilitates a weight-loss support group and a fitness challenge group. Patsy is eagerly embracing new adventures, which may or may not include riding in a hot air balloon, fly-fishing in Montana, and walking “The Way” in Spain. She will run her first half marathon this November in San Antonio, TX. And, as with all Southern belles, Patsy does not sweat — she “glows.”

Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.