Category Archives: lifestyle

It’s My 6 Month Blogiversary. Here’s What I’ve Learned So Far.

This month marks six months since I’ve committed myself to this blog. I’ve blogged on and off for years. I’ve bought domain names and shut them down. But six months ago I decided to really commit to building something here at Socially Awkward Mom. To celebrate, I’d like to share 6 things I’ve learned the…

How Ditching Coffee For Tea Helped My Anxiety

How many cups of coffee do you need to get through the day? I’ll admit, I used to be a coffee addict. My day didn’t start without a cup. And I usually had one – or two – more to get through to the evening. But now I don’t drink it at all. Seriously. Before…

10 Budget Friendly Self Care Tips You Should Check Out This Weekend

Becoming a mom has enhanced my life in so many ways. I’ve gained knowledge, experience, perspective and the ability to love in a way that I never knew possible. But for all that I’ve gained in motherhood, there are some things I’ve lost. One of the main things is the desire to take care of…

I’m almost 30. Why don’t I have it all figured out?

Every year around this time, my social media feeds fill up with photos of kids headed to prom or graduation. I see the smiling faces of proud parents and young adults living in what are essentially their last moments of childhood. And every year I nostalgically think back to my own senior year of high…

Coping With Separation Anxiety While Traveling Without My Kids

My husband and I spent Memorial Day weekend in Washington, D.C. It was a nice, much-needed getaway. The weather wasn’t terrible and we got to see my brother who lives in Virginia. And did I mention we were kid free? This made our trip much simpler than when we all go somewhere. We didn’t have…

The Important Lesson I Learned From Failure

I’ve had my fair share of disappointment in my lifetime. Lost jobs. Crappy relationships. Missed Opportunities. I graduated high school in 2005. Two kids and one husband later, I’m still working on my bachelor’s degree and trying to figure out what I ultimately want to do with my life. This week I noticed multiple people…

An Open Letter To My 16-Year-Old Self

Life is pretty hard right now, isn’t it? You probably feel like you’ll never have it figured out. But trust me, you will eventually see the reasons for everything that you’re going through. You’re stuck in this place where you have great friends but you yearn to be “popular.” I know right now it seems…

5 Ways To Spring Clean Your Life

We’re finally clawing our way out of winter here in Michigan. The snow is over (we hope), flowers are blooming and we might be able to put away our winter clothes soon. Here are five ways to spring clean not only your home, but your life, as you welcome warmer weather. 1.  Check in with…

5 Signs You’re Burning Out – And How To Fix It.

What does your daily schedule look like? If it’s anything like mine, there isn’t a lot of room in your day to rest. But how do you know when your busy life is becoming harmful to your health? It’s important to know the signs of burnout – a physical or mental collapse caused by overwork…

10 Ways To Take Care Of Yourself This Weekend

1. Read a book. Reading is a great way to escape the ordinary for a little while or to learn something new. And if you have kids, you can spend time together while reading to each other. Read books you already own or take a trip to your local library or bookstore. 2. Write a…