Author: Yolanda Jenkins

Our Last First Christmas

The holiday season is a joyous time of year for me, as it is for most people. After my oldest son was born this season turned into something truly special. Spending time with our family as they ooh’d and ahh’d over how much he had grown or learned since the last time they’d seen him warmed my heart. As he grew older and began to understand that Christmas means new toys, watching his joy as he opened each gift became my happiness. This year will be even more memorable as our youngest son experiences this holiday for the first...

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You Already Have All the Tools You Need

Recently, a coworker told a group of us about a meeting she attended where the people around her were so well versed in their field that they could spout off statistics and reference research studies without a second thought. She commented that she wanted to get to the point where she felt she could share what she knew as eloquently as they had. Another coworker told her that she has a wealth of experience and sometimes experience counts more than textbook knowledge. I have heard this coworker share what she knows in her field and been starstruck by her...

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Giving the Gift of a Month of Self-Care

I’ve been sick three times in the last two months. Having kids means that you get all the disgusting, body destroying, spirit-crushing germs the world has to offer. Under normal circumstances, adult bodies are equipped well enough to handle these little Petri dishes. However, when we are not rested, stressed, eating improperly or just generally not caring for ourselves we are susceptible to illness. If this past October and November have taught me anything it is that I need to take better care of myself during December. So, this month I will be giving myself the gift an entire...

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The World Centers Around Us (Part 2)

It started with a dream. If you missed part one of this post you can find it here. The synopsis is that I had an epiphany that morning. One that made me realize the world centers around my husband and me. I have said that I look up and it has been a couple of weeks since my husband and I have had quality time together or a conversation that did not include the business of being married. I forget where I first heard that phrase, “the business of being married,” and it sounds odd because marriage is supposed...

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The World Centers Around Us (Part 1)

It started with a dream. I woke up one morning with the very vivid memory of a dream about my marriage ending. The feelings that I felt in the dream became even more disturbing after waking. I tried to shake it off, after all, it was just a dream, but then I gave into the overwhelming emotions that centered around losing my husband. I pressed the length of my body next to his and cried silent tears while the weight on my chest made it hard to breathe. That morning I had an epiphany…the world centers around us. That...

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Meet Martine

Born-n-raised in Brooklyn, New York, I now live in the suburbs of Maryland with my amazing husband and three hilarious kids. Thanks for visiting. Kick it for a bit and I'm sure you will find something to help you improve the relationships that matter to you most and live a healthier, happier life. Read more...

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