What I Learned – Spring 2018

I love taking time for a quarterly review of life with Emily P. Freeman.  March, April, and May were exciting months for our family.

I turned forty and our oldest became a teenager!

You can read my letter to our son here. I embraced this new decade with joy and anticipation and I’m still not regretting that decision.

I was also reminded this quarter of how far a coach’s impact can reach with time and energy invested. We had such an amazing weekend catching up with former teammates, coaches, players and wives. Taking time to publically thank Andy was a small but special part of that time.

Work/Life balance is a constant work in progress

My Powersheets check-in, as well as my chat with Daniel from First Team Fathers, were great reminders of how far I’ve come in a long and short amount of time as well as how much life we have walked through as a married couple and family of four.

In our current season, we are all thriving in different ways, but we aren’t without our pain points. That’s life though, isn’t it? A constant work in progress.

I’ve Missed Reading

I’ve been wrapped up in writing the last six months and both crafting and reading were set to the side. I’m so thankful to have a reason to read as a part of the Holy Hustle book launch team. Crystal Stine’s timing is perfect.

I also listened to Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown recently and Cory Booker’s United. A benefit of working from home is being able to listen to audiobooks while I work!

Reviews of all three books will soon post on my blog.

What have you learned this spring? I’m linking up with Emily P. Freeman. We’d love for you to join the conversation!

 

Share Four Somethings – May 2018

Something Loved

I loved celebrating our oldest turning 13 this month!

Something Said

I recorded my first podcast this month! Check out my chat with First Team Fathers (Mother’s Day Edition) here.

Something Learned

The words are flowing recently and I was honored to guest post twice for Friday Night Wives recently. This post, which is the most recent, has brought up some good conversation. I’ve loved the reminder that as coaches wives we all just need a little encouragement!

Something Read

I’m reading Holy Hustle and I’m LOVING it! Check out this line-  “Work without shame, rest without guilt.” Can I get an AMEN?

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Creative Gifts for the Coach’s Wife in Your Life

mothers day

It might seem early for a Mother’s Day gifts post, but I’m highlighting some items that will take more than Amazon’s 2-day Prime Shipping timeline to receive. There are so many creative and reasonably priced gifts out there these days! Additionally, the longer I reflect on things the more I realize how much more I appreciate unique gifts.

With our last move, we downsized our space which meant choosing only the most important pictures to display and our favorite items with which to decorate our new space. Even with those boundaries, I realized that many of the things I kept over the years I didn’t have any sentimental attachments to because I’d only purchased it to fill a gap in a room. Additionally, I don’t have room for extra things in our current space. Remember, there are zero affiliate links in this post! With those things in mind:

Here’s my list of creative gifts for the coach’s wife in your life.

Apparel

I love the Friday Night Wives shop! While it’s possible many people won’t “get” the phrasing on some of the t-shirts at first glance, I think they are hilarious. Plus you get to support a fellow coaching family with each purchase.

There stripped Coach’s Wife sweatshirt is a very popular item, but I also love the t-shirts that say “I’m here for the hot coach” and “it’s more than just a game”.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are a huge part of our whole family’s daily routine. doTerra vitamins, oils, protein shakes, cleaning supplies and massage blends are all staples.

If your wife has hinted she’s interested in learning more about essential oils get her a diffuser and a few oils. Lavender, Purify, and On Guard are used daily in our home. Does your wife carry tension in her shoulders? Deep Blue will change her life. No Joke.

Fair Trade

I recently got a purse I’ve had my eye on for a few years from Noonday. I’m thrilled with the workmanship and the mission of the whole organization.

Able bags, jeans, jewelry and dresses are all gorgeous and excellently crafted. Able is not only fashion forward, but they are financially forward providing full transparency in salaries.

Sseko Designs is the last fair trade organization I’ll highlight. I’m dying for a pair of their adorable sandals!

Subscription

Coffee is always a favorite gift. I gave coffee from the Mistobox company for Christmas and had really positive feedback.

Book of the Month is one you the reader in your life will love, but I’ll warn you, the books add up quickly. If your wife insists on “real books only” go with BotM. But, you might find an Audible subscription is more appreciated considering how often coaching families move!

Fab Fit FunThese boxes are the gifts that keep giving. With adorable seasonal items in each box, your wife will have something to look forward to year round!

Experience

There’s nothing like a weekend away to let the coach’s wife in your life know she’s number one in your book. Finding time to take 2 days away is going to take some effort and planning so any getaway will be considered amazing.

  • Get tickets to a show or concert.
  • Head to a festival like Taste of Chicago.
  • Plan a weekend at the spa.
  • Find a hotel with great room service and sleep in.
  • Check out local museums.
  • Find a beach.

Don’t have time for both of you to get away? Send your wife to the spa for a pedicure and massage.

Hand-Crafted Wall Art

If you do have some wall space to fill I suggest going sentimental. Have a family picture put on a canvas, consider a wooden feature piece that highlights your life, or check out these adorable prints!

Don’t Forget About Services!

Maybe this year you need to get a little more practical. Consider hiring someone or doing things yourself. Either way, giving your wife a week off from the daily grind is an amazing gift!

  • Get the garden weeded and prepped
  • Clean the house
  • Take the kids out of the house for the day
  • Have dinner delivered during the week

Go ahead and bookmark this post, while I’ve created this list in time for Mother’s Day, anniversary season is starting too! These gifts are great for either time as well as a birthday. Get a little creative this year with gifts, I think your coach’s wife will appreciate your efforts.

 

Share Four Somethings – April

I’m linking up with Heather Gerwing for another month of #sharefoursomethings.

Something Loved

I have SO many emails to deal with every day. With an increased client load (wahoo!) it was starting to get out of control on a regular basis. But this new trick has fixed my email chaos and that’s something I’m LOVING!

How to Save Your Gmail Emails to Google Drive (Bonus….this works for Yahoo emails too!)

Something Said

I turned 40 last month. Here are my thoughts on this milestone.

Here’s a preview:  “As I reflect on the last decade, I can’t believe how much has happened. At the same time, I can’t picture a different path.”

Something Learned

With summer just around the corner, I’ve started collecting ideas for the weeks when the boys aren’t in camps. This year they should have a half and half summer in that half the weeks are booked.

Library trips are a year-round staple in our home, but over the summer it is harder to find series to hold the middle schooler’s interest. At parent-teacher conferences, it was suggested that non-fiction, biographies, and auto-biographies enter the rotation.

This list of Nonfiction Books for Curious Middle Schoolers is a great place to start!

Something Read

I’ve found myself leaning toward introverted tendencies in the last several years. I wasn’t sure if my health was a factor, but this article cleared things up for me. Whether I’ve always been an introvert or have developed into one…these 12 things definitely needed these days.

12 Things Introverts Absolutely Need to be Happy

“Introverts have unique needs that are different from those of extroverts. We’re not always looking for the next party, and we may be just as happy staying home. So what does it take to avoid feeling exhausted and drained? Here are 12 things that just about every introvert needs to be happy.”  Keep reading here…

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Favorite Football Bloggers

Favorite Football Bloggers

The coaching life is so unique that even amongst wives who blog our take is very different person to person, season to season. I’ll be honest, there are blog posts I read and I cringe. A negative attitude is just not something I find helpful. That being said, there are so many amazing wives out there who are writing posts with heart and humor to cheer on fellow wives and offer a helpful and realistic insight into our lives.

If you are curious about the realities of the football life or if you are a coach’s girlfriend, fiance, or wife check out these bloggers.

Here are my Favorite Football Bloggers:

Friday Night Wives is one of my favorites. This blog hosts a variety of voices and perspectives, but encouragement is a continuous theme. This site also has a private facebook group which is SO supportive. It’s my absolute favorite place to learn from other wives.

While it may not seem relevant, I promise you will glean great tips and receive encouragement from Living Pro Sports. 

Home Field Essentials is a great balance of helpful tips and the realities of life with littles. Her outlook is always positive which I greatly value!

While she doesn’t blog often, Coach Wife Life has a great perspective on our corner of the world.

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