The Prelude

The Prelude

I used walk into work and stroll to my desk every day wearing my steamed slacks and a cardigan, my hair tousled with curls. From the outside it looked like everything was great — I had an amazing husband, sweet son and wonderful job. That image though...
The Truth About Embrace Your Body

The Truth About Embrace Your Body

  I had triplets in September of 2013. Yes, triplets; three babies at one time were in my belly. With triplets came a world of change, including my body. And with that was body issues I’d never faced before. I had this pooch in my lower belly that I’d never seen...
No one can rain on this mom’s parade !

No one can rain on this mom’s parade !

Throw yourself a parade! I do!  A couple of times a week I throw myself a parade in own head, seriously. It’s not that I don’t get praise from my husband or other friends and family, but life is so challenging that sometimes I feel like I’ve earned it — that little...
Melinda – “I’m not a color.”

Melinda – “I’m not a color.”

“I got to the point where I didn’t know if I should act like ‘black Melinda’ or ‘white Melinda,” Melinda Ude knows who she is; she loves who she is; she accepts who she is. It hasn’t always been this way. Melinda is biracial. She was born to a white woman...
Be Kind To Yourself: Guilt in a time of loss

Be Kind To Yourself: Guilt in a time of loss

I wasn’t 100 percent convinced I was ready for a baby when I got pregnant with Jennifer. So when I learned my baby would be born an angel the day before she was scheduled to join our once happy family; the pain was overwhelming. I wondered, “What if I’d wanted her...
Expectations : Lose Them and Gain Peace

Expectations : Lose Them and Gain Peace

Expectations – we all have them. They can be great creating anticipation and excitement but they can also steal your joy and even make you doubt yourself and others. Or worse yet, they can lead to an epic meltdown on Christmas Day changing everything. But let’s start...
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