Author: Lori Jackson

I’m a wife, mother, educator, and self-help junkie. I have a love for learning, giggling with my grandsons and tandem biking with my husband. I believe wisdom goes beyond being smart or having basic knowledge. Our culmination of experiences helps us in our journey to become. While each of our challenges may be unique, we have the opportunity to choose how we will react, learn and grow. My journey has taught me that I don’t have all the answers, but I do have a voice to share what I’ve learned. Life can either teach us or defeat us – the choice is ours.

25 Years Ago I turned 25: Celebrating 50

The BIG 5-0! Celebrating a half-century feels like such a monumental milestone, and yet I still feel the same. For the last six months, I have focused on embracing this new stage of life. With kids leaving home, new grandbabies to love, and milestones to prepare for, this birthday has been a time for reflecting. Yes, twenty-five years ago I …

The Power of Passion and Perseverance: Grit

Have you ever considered what grit really is? Our mind’s eye sees the “mastery” of others and often mistake what seems to come naturally as an innate ability, talent, or genius. The truth is there is a lot of hard work and grit behind achieving anything worthwhile. Dr. Angela Duckworth, the leading grit expert, has a long list of accolades …

Why Mother’s Day Can Be Different This Year

Does Mother’s Day fill you with dread or a sense of contentment? Years ago, I decided Mother’s Day was not one of my favorite holidays. Do I sound strange?  My husband was baffled. What’s not to love about breakfast in bed, a day off from dishes, with hugs, kisses, and gifts being showered upon you? The reality is I wanted …

What I learned from Infertility

Our family's story of infertility has taught us to be grateful even when life is overwhelming and discouraging. As we raise our voice and share our experiences, we can help each other learn and grow from the pain and find the strength to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

||Review|| The Boys in the Boat

In 1936 nine young men from Washington State went to the Olympics in Berlin. Their story is recorded in the New York Times bestseller “Boys in the Boat.” Daniel Brown carefully crafts their story from journal entries, newspaper clippings, historical documents, and stories told to their family about the unforgettable experience. The narrative reads like a novel rather than the non-fiction …

How to Parent Emotionally Intelligent Children

We’ve all got our stories. Those moments where we wonder how do I help my child process these emotions? Or maybe we wonder how do we get past this growing pain. How do we parent emotionally intelligent kids? It had become a common occurrence. Every. Morning. When it was time to leave for school, she would linger behind, searching for …

||Review|| Stitch-Fix: A New Way of Shopping

Honestly, my closet was looking a little too much like a walk through Costco. Not that it was bad – it just wasn’t unique. Getting to the mall or making time for clothes shopping just wasn’t happening.  I think my husband was getting tired of the frumpy look because for Christmas got me a Stitch-Fix gift card.  When I’ve mentioned …