Hurricane Harvey has left catastrophic devastation in its wake. Thousands of people displaced, homes flooded, and roadways impassable. I fight back tears each time I view the coverage of what has happened to my fellow Texans. We live a few hours from Houston, and our home experienced mild flooding from the storm. But, our water […]
Feeling Frantic? Signs You’re Overextending Yourself – And 7 Ways To Stop We all know that spreading ourselves too thin isn’t healthy. We lose focus, our performance suffers, and instead of being productive, we end up producing inadequate work. But how can you tell whether you are productively busy or just outright overbooked? And when […]
With my husband, our relationship is almost like it was when we first got married. … We are working on it together. – Angie, proud graduate of the Treehouse and recovery advocate Just about anyone who has ever struggled with addiction would attest to the wave of destruction that substance abuse has not […]
Last night I had an epiphany as I tried to lay the baby down for bed. Whereas she normally falls asleep within a couple minutes, last night Mary was mad. Super mad. She was hollering and unhappy with me. While she cried, I hurried and tucked the big kids in bed, and then I […]
Earlier this month I gave a presentation on self-care for the ladies at church. Before I left the house that night, my husband asked what topic I would discuss. When I answered self -care, he asked, “What in the world does that mean?” I laughed and tried to explain that self-care is like me-time, but […]
Recent marches in our nation’s Capitol and around the country this weekend really got under my skin. I originally wrote a rebuke to the modern day feminist movement, but I deleted it. My words were not kind, and my censure was scathingly long. In hindsight, I compressed my original thoughts down to this theme – […]
Marriage is awesome! At least it’s supposed to be amazing and comforting and confidence-building and supportive and sexy and rewarding and challenging and (insert more positive adjectives here). Sometimes relationships become strained, and sometimes marriage is frustrating. Spouses get annoyed with each other and arguments happen too frequently. Unhealthy patterns can unravel a marriage, so […]
I love watching the Sketch Comedy show “Studio C.” If you haven’t already found their amazingness on YouTube, visit their channel. Not only are the funny, but their content is always family friendly. Love, love, love Studio C! Inspired by one of their Christmas sketches about Santa Claus basing gifts on the 5 Love Languages, I […]
Earlier this year I gave a presentation to a group of teenagers. After deliberating the best way to teach them how to communicate, I decided to take an alternate route by teaching them how to listen. After all, if you listen ineffectively, you’ll communicate ineffectively. The quote “we have two ears and one mouth for […]
It’s that time of year when we reflect on the things we’re grateful to have. There is beauty all around us, and making a gratitude list helps me realize all the countless ways I have been very blessed. My wise cousin, Cambri, also wrote on her blog about keeping a “beauty book.” For people that […]
Hello! I'm Nicci
I'm a counselor, a wife, and a mom. I hope to inspire others to live a joyful life by embracing the chaos, fun, and beauty in life. Follow along for tips on joyful living, mingled with counseling advice and happy tidbits.
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