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Success Is Wanting To Breathe

Success Is Wanting To Breathe

When I coached high school girls rugby, at the start of each season I showed the team one of my favorite motivational videos. The video was to get their attention and a personal reminder to myself. The gist of the video is this: A man wanted to know the secret of success so he asked a guru for help. The ...

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Parenting Won’t Always Be This Hard, But Sometimes I Miss My Kid-Free Days

Parenting Won’t Always Be This Hard, But Sometimes I Miss My Kid-Free Days

My partner and I like to remind ourselves that parenting won’t always be so hard. It will always be hard, but having young kids — twin one-year-old boys and a three-year-old daughter  — is really hard. Like, sleep-deprived, irritable, I-don’t-think-I-will-ever-get-to-sit-down-again, what-a-shit-show hard. But Amy and I are holding onto the hope that as the kids get older, some things will get ...

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This is Not Just Another Blog Post About Being a Stay At Home Mom, This is About Sweating and Knowing Your Audience

This is Not Just Another Blog Post About Being a Stay At Home Mom, This is About Sweating and Knowing Your Audience

Being a SAHM isn’t just a hard job, it’s a job that is known by its acronym alone. It’s feared and loved by many. It’s an athletic feat and a test of endurance. It’s about knowing your audience, sweating, and speaking a foreign language. You must outwit, outlast, outplay! Wait, isn’t that the Survivor theme? Same difference. I have three ...

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Celebrating Milestones and Surviving a Year with Twins

Celebrating Milestones and Surviving a Year with Twins

My twin boys are a year old today, and I am embracing their first birthday with a firm grip of happiness I don’t remember experiencing when our now three-year-old daughter turned one. From the moment we learned we were having multiples to just a few weeks ago, they have been the most amazing, yet exhausting life changers. The minivan was ...

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Special Olympics Vermont Will Host Youth Athlete Open House at This Year’s Summer Games

Special Olympics Vermont Will Host Youth Athlete Open House at This Year’s Summer Games

Special Olympics Vermont’s Summer Games, and biggest competition of the year, starts its three-day event this Friday, May 30th at The University of Vermont. Their official Opening Ceremonies takes place on the outdoor track on Friday and competitions in aquatics, track and field, bocce and softball take place on Saturday and Sunday. The youngest athletes on the competition field must ...

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Parenting With OCD and Perfectionism: I Have a Weed Problem

Parenting With OCD and Perfectionism: I Have a Weed Problem

I have a weed problem. I also have an impatient and insatiable desire to cross things off of a to-do list. Fine, let’s get back to the weed problem. I’m not talking about the weed you smoke or throw into brownie batter; I am referring to the weeds that infiltrate my lawn every spring. Two summers ago I taught my ...

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