Are you tired of being tired? Are you sick of being sad?  I used to be, but now I am having a great life and I want to share it with you. There is no secret but sometimes we just need pointed in the right direction. For me, that is fresh air, healthy food and taking control of my life.

Hello! I am Martha and I am a Washington Woman.  This means I have a family, a full time career, I am a Scout Mom, I try to stay fit & healthy, save the environment and have a little fun along the way.  I am not Martha Stewart. I am not super crafty. I do not seek perfection.

I like green smo0thies, scouting and cooking with fire!  I am living my life the best way I can. I am a scout mom who follows the cub scout motto to “Do Your Best!”

I haven’t always been happy. My inner voice is a real B#@%*! For most of my life I suffered from mild anxiety, depression, low self worth, and not feeling good enough. These feelings aren’t gone now, but after more than a year of therapy I have learned to identify the feelings. When I can identify how I’m feeling, I can choose how I want to respond. I can tell my inner voice to shut-up!

Let’s go back to the beginning…as a child, I was the younger of two. We are both girls and we are only 18 months apart in age. That meant everything was a competition. I pushed and worked hard throughout college to make sure I would be successful.  Anything less would be a failure.  I was thin in high school because I played many sports yet I always saw myself as fat.  I became the Queen of the local town fair. I only signed up because my older sister didn’t make the court of honor.  I thought I was ugly with a big nose. I thought the only reason I became Prairie Days Queen is because it was based on volunteering in the community and my high school GPA. Looking back, I was really athletic and looked nice.

I started my adult life very focused on career.  After ten years in public accounting I had hit the wall and my sanity, health and family were in jeopardy.  I made a few attempts to leave the accounting firm I was at. I even had job offers to two other accounting firms. I realized that it wasn’t the firm I was at, it was the profession.  I had reached a point in my career where I needed to win new clients.  I had done a good job and already had a good portfolio of new clients compared to my peers. I just didn’t like the constant stress and neither did my family.

I left public accounting to become a CFO for a local nonprofit.  Although the work hours required were not as much, it was hard for me to slow down and even take my lunch breaks. Not long after making a career switch, we had a tragedy in the family.  I felt lost and depressed. My marriage and kids were suffering…I was suffering. My family and doctors suggested therapy.  At first, it was strange to open up. After many months, I looked forward to my weekly sessions.  My therapist said she couldn’t diagnose me officially with depression or anxiety. She said I was just normal and life is hard. She said there is a reason why fairy tales end with a wedding and say, “they lived happily ever after!”

So here I am seeking happily ever after!  For once in my life, I can say that I’m doing great at it too!

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