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  1. Hello! I just found your post because I got an email about Alli’s course and googled it to see if anyone else had a comment on the course and I found YOU! I am not a boy mom (2 girls, 9 and 13) but am the oldest of four – three brothers! I love in Richmond, Virginiawith my husband and girls and a labradoodle named Ghillie. Between dance mom and softball mom and brick-and-mortar business that was my mom’s dream, I’m trying to discover (REdiscover) my dream. I liked where you’d wrote your dream was to be a mom – I taught school for a while before becoming a mom and don’t want to go back to that – I LOVE being a mom! I also love encouraging people – my friends say I’m a good listener but I’m not sure I’m one to give advice. I have thoughts on writing a book (or 2), working FOR the school, or doing something online. My dreams are all over the place! An-y-way…I am considering the course and have already subscribed to your blog! I can’t wait to read more!

  2. Good morning Monica… I’ve been following your blog for several years and always enjoy reading! Often feeling a little empowered, encouraged and even a little smarter;) so thank you!!! I am the mother of 6 “spicy” kids- aged 12, 15, 17, 18, 21, 23- 3 boys and 3 girls. We live in my hometown- small beach community on the east coast of Florida. I absolutely loved my time mothering young ones, but will admit the transition to adolescence and young adulthood posed some challenges for me. Although I’ve “redefined” my views on parenting older kids I’d still choose toddlers over teens ALL.DAY.LONG. (even a toddler having a melt down/temper tantrum!). Your words and perspectives have helped me tremendously. And the constant of faith, trusting God always brings the point home! Through the years I’ve job-shared as a wellness coordinator, taught childbirth classes at night and juggled other extras for fun, as well as some bonus $$…but my job as stay-at-home-mom was always my #1. I enjoyed that role at home and the ability to volunteer at all 4 schools (preschool thru high school). Regretfully we never did try homeschooling as we have strong HS support in our community…BUT we took many “hookie” days from school to explore other interests like surfing, among others. Haha
    I recently went back to school to pursue my masters degree. Not just to say “I have a Masters” but b/c after much prayer and discernment I felt called to be a LMHC (licensed mental health counselor) which requires a masters level program and MANY hours working as a student intern. I am grateful to have a supportive husband but it’s been extra challenging to time manage successfully without “jipping” my family as well as taking care of me (I value self care immensely b/c if my pitcher is dry I’m unable to fill their cups!). I’m happy to say I’ll graduate next spring (2 1/2 year pgm) and I am thriving in this new season of life. Even on the days when laundry is backed up and it’s yogurt fruit & granola for dinner…my family is behind my new pursuit! Thank you for your post…again reaffirming my choice to further my education. I truly believe “everything we want in life is JUST OUTSIDE our comfort zone”. God bless you and your family

    1. Oh I absolutely love hearing your story, Denise! Got goose bumps all over! I’m so happy for you and proud of you. Thank you for taking the time to share! I truly hope you’ll keep me posted as you enter yet another new season (hopefully a very rewarding one!) Bless you and your family! (and thank you for the kind words too, that is a huge encouragement!) With Aloha–

  3. Renata Poirier says:

    Hi Monica,

    I’ve been a subscriber for a while now and I’ve been so encouraged by you and hearing about what it’s like to live in Hawaii. I’m sorry to say that I have been so preoccupied in my life struggling to find a purpose for myself as I am just existing it seems… However, I am in the process of moving and I am totally dreading it. Thinking deeply about preparing myself for a change as I’ve been at this address for almost 3 years now. But for some reason, I am kind of frozen in my head about everything. Can you please pray for me to get a grip for myself, my adult son and a roommate. Thank you for your time and your blog. It was a great way to remember who I was when I first started reading your posts and so much has happened in all kinds of both positive and negative experiences and I am seriously thinking of my abilities and what I’ve accomplished in the last few years as well as how I managed to maintain a household for 3. Plus our cat who has been in our lives for a few years now so I am doing okay. I just need to know that I can accomplish what I put my mind to with personal effort and some legwork. I hope my comments aren’t too overwhelming to read and I welcome some much needed feedback and advice on my tasks in the next week or two. Thank you.
    Renata, from Vancouver, BC, Canada 🍁. Cheers!!!

  4. Christina Pollack says:

    Always a blessing, timely and a refreshing reminder, we’re human! Just the right encouragement at the right time! Thank you, for your perspective and tender voice!

  5. Monica thank you! You always seem to talk about perfect things that are pertinent to my situation.
    This particular blog post I most definitely needed to hear! Lord help me pray for your direction in my life and my family’s life! You are always good!

  6. Carol Ann says:

    First of all, love love those photos of you! Can’t wait to see the rest.
    And YES to all of this. I’ve always worked part time outside the home, but dream of being able to be home and find a way to make an income while being “mostly” 🙂 a stay-at-hem mom. I’ll be checking out the course for sure.
    Thanks for sharing so authentically. You inspire me. Hugs!

  7. Jennifer A. says:

    Thank you. I’ve been following your journey for many years and it is fun to look back with you now and see how God opened doors and I know He will continue. It isn’t my season to pursue work now, but I have a list of dreams that I know will one day be a possibility. This course sounds amazing. Can’t wait to follow you in the adventures ahead!

  8. Oh I love this so much!! I have been able to mostly stay home with my kids, but always needing a to find ways to make a little extra income and have had so many ideas at various times. This course looks perfect for me! 🙂 Thanks for sharing, and I look forward to all you have ahead.