It’s been a good month here at Thrive in Balance and Thrive Connect radio. New visitors joined us as we celebrated moms. Lot’s of love and appreciation shared as well as useful resources to help the life of any busy woman run a little smoother.

I applaud the women who work to make life richer for the people they love and their communities through intentional acts of kindness and giving. While I appreciate the random acts of kindness movement, it’s the intentional acts that pull at the strings of my heart. Being kind on purpose, loving on purpose, alive on purpose leads to living your most exuberant passionate mom life. Yep, being intentional and on purpose is one of those hidden in plain sight keys to living a passionate life of any kind. It takes acknowledging that you want to have an amazing life and not being afraid to say it and then go for it.

There’s a singer/songwriter that I like a lot. Her name is Christine Kane. I like her for many reasons, mostly because she actively takes what she has and creates more. Here’s what I mean. She began as a singer/songwriter with a knack for not just getting you to sway to the music, she’s also pretty good at inspiring the kind of heart sway that makes you want to be alive, take a chance, go out and live. Her message resonated so strongly in others that she moved from not only singing about life, but helping others discover and create their own “work of art life”. She helps others connect with their passion in a powerful and exciting way.

 She’s gifted at the Exuberant and Passionate part of life.

As the last few interviews wind down, it’s my hope that everyone who listens to these interviews finds something that tickles their passion spot and inspires them to push through any obstacle to uncover their own unique magnificence that leads them on the road to

Find Your Passion Road

Discover Your Passion Road


their most Exuberant and Passionate Life.

 Three cheers for the moms who are doing it and those who are soon to follow.



Fab Filo!

Fab Fillo!

Ron Rexroth of the Fillo Factory knows how to make mom’s life easier with fabulous meals, appetizers, and desserts. Made from premium organic ingredients, Fillo Factory meals come microwaveable and ready to eat in under ten minutes.

They are loaded with so much flavor it’s easy to forget these treats are so healthy. The Fillo Factory has perfected the art of creating fillo dough products that are delicious, nutritious, healthy, and convenient for today’s busiest households.

This line is also suited perfectly for vegetarian, vegan, organic, and kosher lifestyles. Under the Fillo Factory line is Aunt Trudy’s and Mimi’s Gourmet which also has different varieties of single serve frozen organic chili.

With these different products and recipes from the Fillo Factory, mom’s life can become a whole lot more relaxing.

 Here’s one of our favorite receipes:

1 (14-3/4 ounce) can pink salmon

1 clove garlic, minced

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped celery with leaves

1 (14-3/4 ounce) jar chunky tomato pizza or marinara sauce

1 teaspoon crumbled rosemary

Freshly ground black pepper

1 (10 ounce) package frozen peas

16 sheets Fillo Factory fillo dough

Lemon juice

 Drain salmon, reserving liquid.  Discard skin and any large bones.

 Oil-spray bottom of a large, heavy pot, heat to very hot.  Stirring constantly, sauté garlic over high heat 1 minute.  Add onion and sauté, stirring, 2 minutes.  Add celery; sauté 2 minutes.  Add tomato. Add ground pepper; set aside.

Preheat oven to 400F.  Oil-spray a large baking sheet; set aside.  Lightly oil-spray 1 sheet fillo and fold to make an 8-1/2 X 12 inch rectangle. Spray fillo top.  Repeat with second sheet of fillo and stack.  Spread a rounded 1/2-cup salmon mixture on fillo, about 1-1/2 inches in from short sides.  Sprinkle with lemon juice.  Fold in edge on short sides.  Roll up, starting on long side, jelly-roll style.  Place, seam-side down, on prepared fillo sheets, spacing rolls on tray.  (You will have eight 6 X2 inch rolls).  Place in center of oven, turn heat down to 375F,; bake 18 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve immediately.  Makes 8 entree servings.

 NOTE:  Rolls may be frozen before baking.  If frozen, thaw before baking. 

Author Nina Sutton

Author Nina Sutton

Nina Sutton Author of  The Chic Moms Guide to Feeling Fabulous, says that every mom can be fabulous. Not only does she believe it but her book is dedicated to helping  mom and all women feel chic and fab.

 I like it.

It’s a good thing to be counted in on the Chic and Fab  game, especially when you’re a mom, taking care of everyone, you need Chic and Fab love.

With that in mind, I’m putting in a nudge for moms to take a little self appreciation shopping trip. That’s right, with a wink and a nod, I’m suggesting that you’re  pro-active when it comes to celebrating your special day.

Don’t wait for the gifts to roll in (and I’m sure they will) take a little time to pick something up for yourself. Something that makes you smile. Or if you’re not interested in an item how about doing something  special for yourself like taking a hike by the ocean, or going out for coffee with that friend you love and miss so much or going for the delux pedicure at the spa?  

Being Chic and Fab is different for every woman. If this concept of YOU Chic and Fabulous is too mind warping no worries, Nina Sutton will help. Her book is filled with user friendly, every woman, Chic and Fabulous ideas.

Now go…let your Chic and Fab Shine!

Chic Moms Guide Book CoverTo get the fab vibes flowing visit Nina’s site The Chic Moms Guide I found nice chic enhancing goodies there.

c-jordanmercedes-2009-2051 My best friend’s  mother passed away a few weeks ago. It was very sudden; no one was prepared, as if there is a way to prepare for something like this.   Pat, one of the most positive and loving women I’ve ever known, was not quite sure what was happening to her, she tried to stay strong. A persistent cough and what was thought to be a simple office visit to get something to help clear it up, turned into the discovery of sickness that was quickly invading her body. No one, not ever the doctors understood what was happening. One week she was “young for her age” and a few weeks later she struggled to breath.

 All of her children were there; they expressed love and bonded at new levels as they faced what was before them. While everyone wanted Pat to recover, it became apparent that she was approaching her last days. April 5th was her last day here.

All I wanted was to be close to my best friend, to let her know that she is loved and not alone.  I wanted to be strong for her, tenderly holding her heart at a time when she was not exactly sure what her heart was feeling.

Being strong for Tami is the gift I wanted to give her. She was very close to her mom and they were the real “best friends”. As the weeks went by after her passing, I thought about Pat often. I was glad that she was no longer in pain,  and she’s in a much better place. But it was not until yesterday that I cried.

Like Pat’s illness, it was a surprise cry that suddenly came upon me. I was waking from a nap when I heard a beautiful song playing in the other room. The words and the melody not quite clear;  as I gained full consciousness, without warning, I was weeping.  At that moment  I realized that the song that I heard in the background was my friend Tami, singing a song that she’d written a few years ago for her mom. Previously elusive tears filled my eyes. It was my turn to reflect on Pat and her loving heart.

I can hear her voice saying “hi honey, how are you doing?” Pure sweetness with the comforting voice of a mom. I remember her encouraging me through the transitions of life and celebrating with me in times of triumph. Never a harsh or unkind word, truly a gentle soul.

I will miss Pat, however, it was not until yesterday that I realized that her voice is in my heart; yes her sweet kind voice is in my heart.

This post is a tribute to Pat and to moms like her. You know who you are; you’re the kind of mom who welcomes everyone into your home with grace and kindness. You’re the mom that everyone wishes they had, you’re the mom who is quick to give a hug, not just to your kids, but to any kid that needs one. You’re the kind of mom whose voice will lodge in the heart of another, when they remember your kind and encouraging words.

In our social society people are counted as a part of the “in” crowd when they are considered, cool, hip, chic or when they know a lot of people who are cool, hip, chic and happening now kind of people. Having a loving mom is the ultimate in cool, hip and chic. You can have all of the riches in the world, but nothing compares to a great, loving mom. Three cheers to you amazing moms. May this month at ThriveInBalance  be a joy to your heart as you listen to the wonderful guests who will surely make you laugh and maybe even cry a little.  You are one of the best treasures in life and it is my honor to celebrate you this month, thanks for all you do, you are loved.

Thanks for reading and letting me share about Pat, I love her. I know she loved me… today her voice is in my heart.


Today, I had a very long conversation with a friend, a new friend in fact. We laughed as we discussed our mutual journey to grow our projects and turn dreams into reality. There’s an incredible power in friendship. We all know that, but it is sometimes forgotten when the world pushes us too hard and fast. A good friend is like gold. Unfornately good friends sometimes get lost along the way and that can be a sad thing.

As this world continues to shift around us we need our friends now more than ever. We need the comfort that they bring, the relaxing acceptance they offer and just the fact that good friends bring peace and joy.

Today’s post is a little reminder to slow down enough to be with a good

Send a Real Card to a Friend

Send a Real Card to a Friend



friend this weekend. If there’s not a way to do that then send a good friend a real card, you know; one you buy at the store, or give phone call when you have some time to chat.

Good friends are valuable and worth so much more than the stuff that we collect.  

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.” C.S. Lewis

This post is dedicated to my friend the “Land Guy”. Thanks for your help and for believing. It’s so good when others believe with us.

Be a friend today, believe with someone else…and say I love you. It’s like calm to a nervous heart.

A Wild Goal is something that moves you closer to where you want to be. It doesn’t have to be huge to be wild, but it does have to be compelling enough for you to stick with it. Here are a few tips on getting started with your own wild goals.

Take time to Figure out what You Want

  • Sit down and think about what you want in a particular area of your life. It may be work, home life, relationships or writing a book. It’s different and special for each person.

Write it down in Strong Committed Language

  • Once you’ve figured out what you want, write it down as clearly and powerfully as possible. For example, one of my Wild Goals is to write an article featuring a different business each day for 60 days. So here’s my Wild Goal statement: Each day, for sixty days I will write a an article for my I’ll write from 6:00am-7:00am and post it by 7:30am. That’s it. That’s one of my main Wild Goals for this Wild Goal season.

Dedicate Time to Do it

  • As in the example above, once you write down your Wild Goal, set aside a time to do it and put it on the schedule. If you’re goal is to spend 15 minutes cleaning the house, schedule a time to do just that. Plan to clean from 7:15am-7:30am each morning or night. Then check it off of your list.


  • Once you know what the goal is, you’ve written it down; you’ve scheduled it now it’s time to gather the resources that you need to accomplish it. For cleaning your house you will need to make sure that you have the proper supplies: cleansers, dust cloths or duster, trash can liners, detergent for laundry, window cleaner, broom, and mop. Whatever you need, just get prepared in advance so that your 15 minutes are actually spent doing the work and not gathering your supplies.


  • It almost never fails that once you set a Wild Goal and put it on the calendar, something else comes up. A friend needs a favor, or the kids want to go visit your sister or you get invited to a spontaneous girl’s day out lunch. It’s in those moments that you have to protect your Wild Goal. You don’t have to be a sergeant about it but you do have to be strong and practice the art of saying “no or “I can be there but I have to do something else first”. Do whatever it takes to protect your goal time. This is the reason I schedule my writing time for early in the morning. It’s quiet and unless there’s an emergency, nothing disturbs me.


  • It make take a little bit of time to become productive during your goal time and you may not work as fast or efficiently as you’d like. That’s ok; understand that you are creating a new habit and that a Wild Goal is something that moves you closer to where you want to be. However, that means you are also moving away from where you’ve been. That’s hard work. So, if you do all of the above and at the end of your time feel that you haven’t gotten much done, don’t worry just try again the next day.

Kick Perfection Out of the Door

  • I mean it. Go to the front door and kick perfect out, tell it to go and never come back. You will never accomplish your Wild Goals, if you’re haunted by perfectionist demons. They will mess with you every step of the way, so right off the bat, just kick them out. Embrace your mistakes, laugh at them even, and think about how other successful people made so many mistakes before hitting on the “real” thing. Don’t be hard on yourself this is supposed to be fun and it will be if you give perfection a swift kick right from the start.


  • When you find yourself getting in the “zone” advance a little. Extend your 15 minutes to 25 minutes of cleaning or whatever. Take a little more ground toward your goal when you feel the time is right. This is when the exuberance will really kick in, as you experience your success and growth.


  • Wild are meant to be fun. When you get something done that moves you forward, celebrate no matter how small you can do a happy dance, or a victory lab or a fabulous journal entry. Find ways to celebrate. I do this funny thing. Here’s my celebration system. I have two jars; one is filled with clear glass beads, when I accomplish a goal I put a bead in the other jar. I like to see them add up and by the end of the week I’ve earned a certain number of beads. Each week or sometimes each day I earn several beads. I like to see how many I earn and I’m always trying to increase the number. I know sounds well…simple, and it is that’s why I like it. I like simple and I like to see things add up. So that’s what I do. You figure out what your system looks like and then celebrate your wins and embrace your misses and try again.

Gratitude Attitude

  • Ah, I can’t stress this enough. Be thankful for everything each and every day. Kick complaining right out the door with perfection. Whatever happens on the journey to your wild goals have an attitude of gratitude. This will keep you save from discouragement and from being influences by the negativity of others.

This is your time to see your Wild Goals come true. You’re worth it and your exuberant most passionate life is waiting, so go ahead…get wild and show up!

As a part of the Wild Goals, I mentioned that I’m taking a course 31 Days to Building a Better Blog. If you’ve wanted to get your blogging in gear this is one way to start. Just commit to the 31 days starting april 1st. You can stop by and try out your new found skills, cause I know you’re gonna’ find some. Check it out here Problogger site 31 Days fo Building a Better Blog. Sign up get ready to expand, get bigger, engage more life. Who knows what stories you have inside to tell.