In Defense of the Princess | Book Review

Having publishers and authors reach out to me to have Stellar Day review their books is a new and unexpected endeavor for me. It’s an endeavor that I COMPLETELY WELCOME with total open arms. I love books, I love to read, and opening up the Stellar Day Book Club is probably one of the smartest things I’ve done! It’s given me direction, focus, intentionality and purpose with reading again. And anyone who is a busy lady or mama knows that finding time to read can be anything but easy! This has been a joy to start in this journey…

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Turning “Work” Off

Let’s get a few things straight:

I love my career.

I love technology.

I love social media.

What I struggle with is setting boundaries of when I am and am not available. I started working when I was 16. That was 22 years ago. Back then, cell phones were analog and huge. No one called you. In fact, I’m pretty sure that I only had that phone for potential emergencies when I was on the road.

Fast Forward: I have answered my phone during a long-planned family vacation in Sea World to…

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Community: More Than Church Attendance and Backyard BBQ’s

I was texting with one of my dear friends, Nicole today. We text from time to time (ok a lot) and encourage one another, lift each other up, and pray for one another. I have prayed long and HARD for friends like this. I have known Nicole for a long time, well over a decade, but we’ve reconnected this past year as she’s become one of my writers for my magazine and for the blog as well. Her heart is huge for women and she speaks so much truth to my soul more than she will ever know. She…

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Two Homes | Co-Parenting Successfully

Article originally featured in Stellar Day Magazine by Norina Verduzco-Murphy, MSW, LCSW. We are thrilled to feature it here again!

One of the questions I am asked most often in my field of work is “what’s better for the kids, an amicable divorce or staying together despite constant fighting?”  At face value, the answer most people would lean towards is an amicable divorce, right?  Problem is, not all divorces are amicable.  When two…

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Home

It’s funny how the desert, a place devoid of any moisture and greenery, has earned a special place in my heart and the designation of home. I never used to like the desert. It was too hot, far from my friends back in Texas, and made my skin dry up. After meeting my closest friends there, going to a great high school and college, and getting married to my fabulous high school sweetheart, my perspective started to change. And now, as I am living in one of the most beautiful states ever, Colorado, I miss the desert.

I miss the…

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Mia’s Butterfly

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Butterflies are beautiful.  It goes without saying.  They are symbols of new beginnings, transformation, and represent the hope of bursting forth from a restrictive cocoon to take flight into a brave, new world.  All very beautiful images indeed. My Mia, now 13 years old, has always reminded me of butterflies ever since her fascination with the butterfly garden kits began when she was little, allowing her to raise and feed caterpillars in a protected environment, watching them transform into butterflies before being released to the outdoors.  As we reflected on…

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For All Women on Mother’s Day

I haven’t made it through a Mother’s Day service without crying in years. Even now that we’ve been blessed with our beautiful girl, my heart is still heavy every Mother’s Day. It just touches that tender part of my heart that bears the scar of loss and struggle. I hope this day never looses that heaviness for me. I don’t want to forget the many women who feel hurt, insignificant, or conflicted when it comes to Mother’s Day. For some this special day is marked by brunch, flowers, and hand-made cards. However, other women carry heavy burdens and…

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I Don’t Know?!

I hate making decisions.  Quite literally, this is one of the few things in life that I actually have very strong feelings about.  I just don’t want to deal.  I like my bubble and am quite content, usually. (See that?  I can’t even commit to a sentence).  So when faced with any decision, even “what’s for dinner tonight?”, I get all angry and frustrated.  My husband can vouch. Poor guy. So knowing this, it’s something I’m “working on.”  (Love that phrase because it gives us the freedom to try…or not, right? Yeah.)

But I’m in the process of “bettering myself”…

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Stellar Day Magazine, May Issue, 2016

Can you seriously believe it’s already MAY?!

But we are thrilled it is because this month’s issue rocks! This month’s theme is HOME. We all have preconceived notions about what our homes should look and feel like. A lot of times, we feel like it isn’t enough. Like we, aren’t enough. We’re here this month to encourage you that you ARE enough. We are all struggling to continue to figure out how to take good care of our families, our husbands, our in laws, our parents etc. It looks different for all of us, the good, bad and in-between, and…

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Worthy

When Jess told me that April’s theme was going to be all about beauty, my heart both sank and leaped for joy. God has really been moving and healing in my life around this issue, and I felt it was the perfect opportunity to share my heart and story to you, our dear readers! This post has taken me a year to write, but it is so, so good.

A year ago, I got my second tattoo on my right wrist reading “WORTHY”. It’s a perfect tattoo for me, done in the handwriting of a dear friend and mentor of mine…

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Intentional Playtime

Let’s be real…it’s HARD to be a stay at home mom!

One of the things that I am most grateful for is the fact that I am able to stay at home with my kids. By choice. I know a lot of mom’s choose not to or cannot and that is perfectly O.K.! We are all different. None of us are perfect; yet, we are the perfect parents for our kids. I am beyond amazed at moms who are able to work outside of the home and love on their kids– talk about balance and giving up control. Amazing. I…

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Come Back to What You Know to be True

I’m a real hot mess right now and I mean it quite literally. I have hot flashes, I’m uncomfortably warm (but if I chug a glass of cold water then I’m freezing and can’t warm up), and my blood work is all over the place. I had a follow-up with my doctor today and even she was puzzled. I think she called it interesting. I’m going to stick with hot mess. I even cried during my appointment (see previous statement). I’ve struggled with my health for a while now and to put it bluntly, I’m just tired of it….

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Christ In Me

Sometimes there are just too many things.  Too, too many for me to even begin to feel like I can manage them all.  I love my life, I love the people and blessings I get to know and experience every day.  But sometimes it is just too much.

It’s funny because I pray for change and direction, and then when things start happening, I check out.  There are just too many things.  Too many moving parts, and too many decisions and things required of me, and I get overwhelmed and feel like I’m broken into a million pieces.  So, I…

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Passion

In case you missed it, I love weddings.

Okay, sarcasm aside, I don’t just love them; it’s something I’m genuinely passionate about. I remember picking up my first wedding magazine (yes, I still own it). I. was. hooked. For a long time I knew I wanted to work in the wedding industry, I just didn’t know to what capacity. Cake baker, florist, dress consultant, for a short time I considered working with a planning business.

Then the light went on and I put two of my favorite things together and it clicked; I realized I wanted to write for a wedding…

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Oh The Places You’ll Go With Him

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That’s what Dr. Seuss promises in my favorite children’s book, Oh the Places You’ll Go.  Actually, despite Seuss being renowned as one of the most worshipped literary kings of all time, I could never fully appreciate his writing style as a kid.  I must have been too serious for my own good because I found his books to be a little silly, too rhyme’y and the pictures somewhat bland.  Obviously, I was either too unsophisticated to know any better or too critical (or both) because…

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