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Overwhelmed with HAIR and LIFE!

Hey Mocha Family,

Lately I've been saying "soon", and "later" to hair styling.  Inevitably, the rubber met the road today in an extremely difficult detangling session.  That video is coming soon, but here is my struggle to adjust to all of the changes in my life.  Balls are being dropped.  I've learned that going forward I will have to make my wash regimen for the girls a priority.  I hope to never deal with the situation I encountered today again.  I'm getting slightly anxious just thinking about it.



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Tips for Surviving the First Week of Homeschool

Hey Mocha Family,

The first week of school was especially difficult for me this year. If I would have really thought it through, I would have delayed starting by another week. I am doing well, but I needed more time to adapt to moving Bekah out of state. Instead, I came home and moved Kaleb into his apartment for the semester and continued prepping to teach a class (at a school) for the first time in years, as if I didn't need a moment to sit and maybe cry a little. I wish I had not jumped right into starting my homeschool. If you're a homeschooling family, maybe you can understand the pressure of thinking you need to do what the rest of the world is doing not to let your kids down when it comes to school. Actually, one of the greatest perks of homeschooling is being able to adapt schooling to fit what is happening in your particular family. I had to slap my hand for this one, but we're moving forward wiser for next time.



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Saying Goodbye to Bekah | How We Connect as Mother and Daughter

Hey Mocha Family,

This was one intense weekend for us but I am so glad to see Bekah spread her wings and fly.  My sister was right when she said told me to stop being sad about releasing her.  This is the natural order of things, but it's OK to honor the difficulty of the process.



Thank you for supporting her all of these years.  She'll be back to greet ya'll again.



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10 Month Lock Update: Dryness, Dull locks, Best Hair Teas

Hey Mocha Family,

I am super excited this month because at I am really close to the one year mark!  I've adapted to my locks and now that the proverbial pot is no longer being watched, time seems to be flying!  This month's video is all about my renewed love of hair teas and how I am combating dryness, while staying away from oils.



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Situations Where Depression May be Experienced

Hey Mocha Family,

I am using the term depression loosely.  Many people associate sadness and having a bad day with depression, but depression is a serious clinical condition with specific symptoms.  I am using this language in an effort to effectively communicate with the average person with no clinical background. Since people can experience a significant number of the symptoms associated with depression I thought it fair to use the term.



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Summer Vacation Family Vlog | Hiking in Bear Country

Hey Mocha Family!

I've been stepping out of my comfort zone more and more lately.  When I'm old, I want to be satisfied that I lived and wasn't afraid to try things.  So many people have told me not to fear wild animals because they are shy of humans, but I've watched too many movies.  I was a little nervous, but after seeing so many people come off the trail, I decided that nothing was stopping me from experiencing God's marvelous creation.  I hope you enjoy the video.  The views were even more gorgeous in real life.



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Can You Be Depressed and Not Know It? My Story

Hey Mocha Family,

Lately I want to sing, "I can see clearly now the rain is gone! I can see all the obstacles in my way!" I had no idea I was struggling so much until the struggle was gone.  How can a person be depressed and not know it?  Looking back, the depression is obvious, but at the time I found so many other plausible explanations.

Recording this video caused me a measure of discomfort.  I'm a recovering perfectionist who is learning to embrace weakness.  I'm hoping that by sharing my story someone else can find the freedom by getting help.  I thought I had to accept my symptoms because I'm getting older.  What a lie!  My best years are possibly ahead!



Be blessed!