Setting Intention to be Happier While Crushing Your Goals

Okay let’s chat about setting intentions and what that means. I did not grow up with this language and it wasn’t until much later on, like this year, that I even understood how it differed from goals. First lets understand how they differ, goals are something that you set to help stay on track and achieve something. An…

Off with my…Uterus? Ovaries? Cervix? Gah! Just take it all…

“You think if you’ve got no uterus and no breasts, you’re still technically a woman?” Donna Jensen from the movie Erin Brockovich Never in my life did I expect that by 30 I’d be living my life, fairly happily, without breasts, a uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes. I figured at one point I’d probably get my…

Affirmations, Spirituality, Inner Peace

If you have ever read (or listened – hello Audible) to a self development book you’ve no doubt read/heard things like “what you speak about, you bring about” or “what you choose to focus on becomes your reality”. These affirmations about believing in the power of positivity are always the main focus of these types…

Staycation on a budget in Portland Oregon…with a toddler!!

Staycations, the term for taking time off from work but not going out of town, are often considered budget friendly. However, when you have a toddler and a problem with shopping Target to avoid boredom it can quickly become as costly as a Hawaiian vacation!! Every year at my corporate job I get the week of…

Coop’s Confessions on Emotional Trauma and Shopping

“Mrs. Cooper, how do you manage stress?” “Ummm…well I shop? No wait don’t write that down!! I meditate, yeah that sounds much more responsible.” I haven’t always been a compulsive, emotional shopper. I didn’t have money to spend on frivolous things when I was growing up, however, I did go shopping a lot with my…

Cloudy, Foggy, Tired Mess

No one ever said that going through chemo, radiation, surgery after surgery and still maintaining a life would be easy. No one ever said that one day I’d just wake up and have my memory and motivation back. So why am I beating myself up? Why when I roll out of bed in the mornings,…

Just Paint the Wall…

This morning as I was driving into work I was listening to my favorite Portland radio morning show, Tony, Jake and Jenn on 98.7 The Bull, and they were discussing something that really resonated with me…specifically what Jake Byron said: (I’m paraphrasing because I didn’t write it down since I was driving) He said “My mother…

Mommy’s Got Cancer

My son was just shy of a year and a half when I found out I had cancer so explaining to him what was about to happen wasn’t really an option…let’s be honest I didn’t even know what was about to happen. I mean how do you explain cancer to an innocent baby/toddler? I remember…

One pan Taco Rice Bowl!! Inspired by my favorite Chipotle meal.

I’m a huge fan of making major messes in the kitchen…the more pots, pans, cooking equipment the better! It drives my husband crazy so I know this easy one pot meal is going to make him a much happier guy come clean up. I took inspiration for this meal from my favorite Chipotle meal and…