Hi, I’m Leslie, and I get a little bit excited about happy living (and by a little excited, what I really mean is OBSESSED).
You may have also picked up by now that I am a mom. I have two scrumptious kids, an equally scrumptious husband, 3 cats, 5+ fish, a snake, and a full-time job.
I’m a psychologist in my professional life. I’ve worked with well over a thousand individuals through therapy, coaching, and workshops and logged thousands of hours doing it. My work has also been featured on Psych Central, Tiny Buddha, Mind Body Green, Pick the Brain, and Positively Positive (not to mention a few professional journals and conferences).
At a Year of Happy, I’m showing working (and otherwise busy + overwhelmed) moms how to live a happy lifestyle with my signature blend of joyful projects, happy living tips, and delectable meditations. At A Year of Happy, we’re bringing back the balance, transforming chaos into cozy, savoring time with our sweeties, and feeling all around HAPPY.
I’m hitting the books, blogs, and boards to share the best of what I find with you. My mission is to create and share tips, systems, and projects designed to give you a happy lifestyle all the way from home to your nine to five (and everywhere in between).
Want in to this happy mama sisterhood? Join the Cozy Home Project for free with the Cozy Home Project Planner full of tips on transforming chaos into cozy at home.
Before I go on, I have a confession to make.
I say all that as if I have it all figured out…I don’t. I’ve lived in that abyss that is a working mom’s life, and I sometimes teeter right there on the edge.
Before having kids, I was a wee bit of a control freak. Just a little bit, really 😉
I had everything exactly the way I wanted it, and I fully expected to keep it that way once we added kids to the mix. Well, there’s a reason everyone tells you that having children changes everything. It did, and it took me a while to come to grips with a new normal. If I’m being totally honest, this can still be challenging.
There were days when I thought I wasn’t a good enough mom, wife, psychologist, daughter, sister, human being…let’s just say that I didn’t feel so great on those days.
What I didn’t yet see was how much of a role in my own stress I had. Oh sure, I could help my clients with this all day long. But myself? Not so much.
The more I beat myself up, and the more expectations I piled on to do better, the worse I felt. And this did not make me that superwoman I thought I was supposed to be.
You know what else? This wasn’t so enjoyable, either.
After having my second child, the messes and appointments and unexpected stuff somehow more than doubled. And I was forced to make a decision. (Literally. My husband sat me down and said, “Leslie, you are complaining about everything, and I don’t know what to do.”)
I decided then that I could either be more than twice as stressed, or I could take a step back, pay attention to what actually matters, and adapt to this new season with a happy lifestyle designed to fit ME.
Look. There’s an endless list of things that feel like they “should” be done. You’re never going to finish it.
There’s endless advice on how to try to do it all that might make you feel worse, too.
You know what isn’t endless?
Your energy. Your brain power (sorry, but it’s true!). Your patience. Your time with your kids. (Yeah, they’re getting older all the time.)
For me, accepting this was the secret to kissing my survival mode goodbye and enjoying more goodnight kisses.
I want to look back on this time of my life and know that I SAVORED the time I have with the people I love most. And I want to know that I treated myself with love, too! That’s when I made the decision to focus my limited time and energy (and brain power) on what works and what is most important to me and my family.
I want that for you, too!
Sound good? Good!
Welcome to A Year of Happy!
I’m brainstorming and collecting strategies to help you make your home a happy place, make your work a happy experience, take good care of yourself, and savor the time with your sweeties.
Here’s step one in your year of happy:
Join the Cozy Home Project for free with the Cozy Home Project Planner full of tips on transforming chaos into cozy at home.
Simply must know more? Here are some other fun facts about me:
When I’m not brainstorming my next program or writing for mamas, I’m at the kitchen table writing and illustrating children’s books and devising science experiments for kids at Ribbons & Robots.
Before I was a psychologist, I studied music. I majored in clarinet performance (and psych) at Vanderbilt University. Back then the opera pit was my favorite place to be.
When I was little, I wanted to be a professional figure skater. I practiced my Tiffany, Martika, and Debbie Gibson routines on roller skates. It was most excellent.
I have a major weakness for soundtracks. If I had more time in the day, you’d probably find me looking up that track on episode 9, season 3 of Pretty Little Liars (not that I watch it or anything….)