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I’m Randi, a native New-Yorker, Stay-at-Home-Mom, homeschool teacher, freelance writer, and the creator of Surviving Mom Blog (try saying that quickly three times).

I currently live in Atlanta with my husband, rambunctious 8-year old daughter, 2 cats, and a very hyper dog. Our house is anything but boring, and I’m just trying to stay sane amidst the endless chaos.

When I’m not writing, you can find me chasing after my energizer bunny daughter, reading anything psychological thriller, and sneaking morsels (okay, globs) of chocolate.

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We love others, but many of us struggle to love ourselves. Learning to love yourself is like learning to walk; it takes time, patience, and a lot of falling down and getting back up.

The hard truth is that learning to love yourself is no easy achievement. However, the greatest achievements in life are meaningful because of the journey required to achieve it. The journey of self-love is filled with road blocks and hurdles, but it is a journey that is worth traveling.

I am sharing 10 ways that you can practice self-love. Remember that when we practice self-love, we are teaching our kids the importance of self-love too!

 

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previous posts


living a sober life

Living a Sober Life is Not Just About Abstaining From Substance Abuse

My husband, Matt, is an addict. His addiction and his recovery are both an important part of his journey, and they are a part of our journey as a couple. Matt has been sober for five years. I am grateful that he is clean and has stayed clean, but there is so much more to sobriety than not using. I assumed that once he was sober it would be smooth sailing.

THAT IS SIMPLY NOT THE TRUTH

I asked my husband to share his struggle and perspective on living a sober life to provide insight for loved ones of addicts and to support others on their own sober journey.

the benefits of music

The Benefits of Music for Your Overall Mental and Emotional Health

Music is very powerful. It gets my heart racing when I watch a scary movie, and there’s no better outlet for heartbreak than listening to sappy love songs.

I have always loved music, but it wasn’t until I got the 411 from a music therapist that I fully understood its impact. This article discusses music therapy and provides various tips and techniques to reap the benefits of music from the comfort of your own home.

Music can be implemented to improve the mental and emotional well-being of adults and children. Learn simple and effective ways to enhance your quality of life!

personal experiences and life

Why I Blog About My Personal Life and Experiences

I never expected to start a blog. In fact, if someone would have told me that I would be blogging regularly about my most personal experiences, I would have laughed. The private details of my life were something few knew about before I started writing.

What made me go from tightly lipped to my life being an open book? There is a reason why I started blogging, and it is directly linked to why I blog about my personal life and experiences.

If you’ve ever wondered what motivated me to write and why I share so much, then this is a post you’ll want to read. I hope it inspires each of you to share a little of your story.

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MY LOVE STORY

relationships
my love story – how i met my husband and our dating journey

“Our wedding was very symbolic of marriage. Whatever your dreams of marriage might be, life will inevitably get in the way. I learned that although our love story is beautiful, what makes our love memorable is that we navigate life’s roadblocks together. It still amazes me that somehow, against all odds, a guy I never would have met under any normal circumstances became the man I now call my husband.   That’s the beauty of life. It may throw curveballs (as well as mono and rainstorms) at you, but sometimes it also throws you a home run.”

6 strategies and tips for parenting a special needs child

 parenting
6 strategies to parent my special needs child

“My daughter was diagnosed by an Occupational Therapist with SPD, and two years later she was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), executive functioning issues, poor working memory, and auditory processing issues. I went from being in denial that there was anything wrong, to demanding an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) be made for my child. I learned some valuable lessons along the way, and my hope is that I can make the road less bumpy for others.”

mental health/wellness
my story of how i broke the cycle of codependency

Codependency is a huge buzzword.  Everywhere you turn there are people preaching about overcoming codependent relationships. I agree that codependency isn’t healthy; I also understand why it is so easy to fall into that cycle, and why it is so difficult to overcome. My value as a person was completely defined by the well-being of those I loved.  I thought it was my role as a wife and mother to completely devote myself and my happiness to them.”

trauma/hardships
A CAUTIONARY TALE ABOUT SURVIVING NARCISSISTIC EMOTIONAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE

“Emotional and psychological abuse leave scars that only their victims can see. They are there nonetheless. I hope reading my story will encourage you to reach out and tell someone yours. With advocacy and awareness, we can give a voice to those invisible scars. We don’t get to rewrite our past, but we get to decide our present and future.”

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