Category Archives: 31 days

31 Days {1} :: Nurturing {OUR} Self Esteem

Last year, at the last minute, I jumped on board the 31 Day Challenge that Nester hosts. We were challenged to post every day for 31 Days on a singular topic. I don’t like to post every day, and honestly, I don’t like to read posts on one blog daily… I get behind in reading […]

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Southern Gal - October 1, 2012 - 12:56 pm

I was hoping you’d be joining in this year. It’s a great topic that so many of us need.

Jessica@sweatismysanity - October 1, 2012 - 3:16 pm

That photo is SO SO peaceful. I just love the water. I think when Kimball’s a dentist we’ll move to Tennesse by your lake….mmmk? :) Hopefully you’re in need of a dentist out there. I love this series…we all need this. I’ve written a few drafts on this very subject….just need an open day to hit send. You know I’ll be following along for all 31 days.

xo, Jess

Stephanie - October 1, 2012 - 4:44 pm

Thanks, Patty! I enjoyed today’s opportunity to meditate for a moment in my business. I am looking forward to the next thirty days that i might glean your wisdom.

Susan - October 1, 2012 - 7:08 pm


Wonderful idea and a very eloquent post. I would love to get involved with your cause in some small way. Let me know if there is anything I can do. With a 12 year old daughter who spends more time on picking out outfits and styling her hair than studying or otherwise feeding her brain, I can easily see that we are at a critical crossroads. It is now that I am challenged with nurturing her in a way that she sees value in more than the external. I also feel convicted to help girls other than my own. Thanks for taking up the cause!!


31 Days to Nurture Her Self-Esteem, Continued

There’s something in the air, [or maybe a whispering in my soul]… a longing, [a yearning] a pull to do more, [be more] to make it better, easier, [more joyful] for others, for someone, [for her]. In preparing for and in doing my 31 Days series last fall, I met some women who feel like […]

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CM @ A Little Lilac - January 19, 2012 - 3:04 am

What a beautiful and creative post. And what a great idea, blessings to you for your lovely heart and wish to give back. :-)

Susan - January 19, 2012 - 3:05 am

Sounds like a wonderful idea! I so love these shots as well!

Suzanne - January 19, 2012 - 3:41 am

I say, I’m on board,
all the way!!!
Mean girls top the
list of things I most
definitely do not love.
That, and the media
pressuring our girls
to become mini-
women long, LONG
before it is appropriate.
Thanks for lifting
the banner and roaring
out the message, Patty!
xx Suzanne

brian miller - January 19, 2012 - 4:36 am

beautiful pictures…and so cool to see their heart begin to come to fruition…

Cathy - January 19, 2012 - 6:55 am

Skating is a wonderful activity — the fresh air, the rhythmic dance, the breath, all is well under the heavens…

kd sullivan - January 19, 2012 - 1:46 pm

What a lovely plan! How would our lives look differently if someone had done the same for us?

Life with Kaishon - January 19, 2012 - 1:54 pm

She is lovely! Thank you for doing something for people that are hurting. That makes my heart swell with joy : ) My name is Becky. Thank you for your VERY lovely comment today. How sweet are you? Wishing you the most wonderful day. Love, Becky

karen - January 19, 2012 - 3:08 pm

i say let’s do this thing. so glad to be part of something where we can make a difference. in this culture, the need for kindness is so ever present. the need for team work so desired. the need for identity and to matter so important. looking forward to more.

Donna - January 19, 2012 - 6:59 pm

Thank you and thank you! I can hardly wait.

mrs. dunbar - January 19, 2012 - 7:06 pm

what a beautiful and heartfelt project. i can’t wait to see how it unfolds.

Ellie - January 19, 2012 - 8:59 pm

This sounds like a wonderful project you are about to undertake.
Many thanks for your lovely comment on my blog – I really appreciate it :))

Gina - January 19, 2012 - 11:29 pm

What a beauty & such fun shots. I have not been ice skating in so many years.

Kathy - January 20, 2012 - 1:03 am

Well, this PHILLY (not Jersey) girl is your newest follower…even tho you don’t like Tang, haha. Seriously tho…just glancing thru your blog and I can’t wait to see what you have in store, looking forward to sharing the journey.


deb duty - January 20, 2012 - 3:56 am

These are just stunning! A beautiful girl and such lovely and fun photos!

rebecca - January 20, 2012 - 10:59 am

Beautiful photos of an even more beautiful girl! What an awesome plan too.

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31 Days {31!} :: Just Beginning

You would think after 31 days of anything, I would be over it. I’m not. In fact, this experience has fanned an ember burning deep. These things I’ve written, {or more accurately, re-written}, just touch the surface. There’s so much. These girls, they will be women soon… We want them to be empowered to live […]

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Jade @ Tasting Grace - November 2, 2011 - 10:26 am

This is a really fabulous and important series you did and I hope you will continue the topic. The consequences of a girl or woman’s self-esteem can be so far-reaching, in ways both big and small. Along those lines, I thought I might draw your attention to this week’s Pinnacle Moment (part of a series I’m hosting on my blog). It’s written by Brook, from Red Head Reverie, but it’s a powerful tale about what can happen when a girl’s sense of self is at risk. You can find it here: Cheers, – J

Stephanie - November 2, 2011 - 10:52 am

What a relief! It’s not completely over after all. I have to say that I love the Pringles picture of your daughter. I am looking forward to reading more of your blog.

Sandra - November 2, 2011 - 12:03 pm

Enjoyed reading the series Patty. Thank you for sharing your time and gift of writing with us. Having two girls entering their teen years this is a very important topic for me.

Cathy - November 3, 2011 - 12:57 am

well done, my friend. i just heard a phrase about parenting and thought of you and this series: “more is caught than taught”…wow. imagine if much of our children’s self esteem comes from how we feel about ourselves? {now, that’s daunting!} XOXO

Suzanne - November 3, 2011 - 3:24 am

LOVE your heart.
Your girls are blessed
by that heart and will
no doubt fufill all the
hopes that you have
for them.

Gorgeous pictures,
Patty, of some fabulous
women in the making….

Happy November,
xx Suzanne

31 Days {30} :: Self-Esteem and Sports

She was in fourth grade. Every day was a bear. She said…. She did… They tried… I told her… We were exhausted from the drama and our patience was wearing thin. I’d done my best to encourage niceness. You know, turn-the-other-cheek, forgive and forget, be the better person. He was sick of it. Finally, he […]

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meghan - October 31, 2011 - 7:02 pm

i really loved your series. i am so thankful for wise husbands who provide balance. i see a lot of those self esteem issues with my boys. it’s interesting to try and decipher their issues. different but equally complex. xoxo

Jessica Washburn - October 31, 2011 - 7:08 pm

Oh how I love you Patty. You’re so kind and wise…what a great post! Thanks for all the tips, I’ll need them w/ my little Sophia. xoxo, Jess

becky @ farmgirl paints - October 31, 2011 - 7:17 pm

these have been awesome patty. i hope you put the whole series on your sidebar, so future readers will see them too.

Lori Batman - October 31, 2011 - 11:07 pm

Patty, I have really enjoyed your daily self esteem blogs and have even learned a little, even though my girls are nearly grown. I cried about the bullying. My oldest was bullied and it was really hard to take. I rejoiced in the wonderful ideas/advice. You are wise beyond your years. Thank you for your time and wisdom. Lori

Stephanie - November 1, 2011 - 1:38 am

Thanks for being brave, Patty.

Sue - November 1, 2011 - 2:38 pm

I found your blog via Edie’s…..and have been wowed by your series on girls and self esteem. Having an 11 year old daughter, this is very timely for me. I will continue to follow. Thank you!

Danelle Johnson - November 14, 2011 - 5:32 pm

I adored reading this. I am a mom to 2 girls and couldn’t agree with you more. Thanks for taking time to write this.

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31 Days {29} :: How Girls Bully & Suggestions To Stop It

Girls bully differently than boys. Girls are less obvious, more discrete. Alienation, ostracism, ridicule. Deliberate and calculated random exclusions. Spreading of rumors. Emotional tactics. Emotional violence. Prank phone calls, harassing emails, Facebook slanders. Shared texts. Tricks intended to embarrass and humiliate. Whispers. They incite others to act, then sit back and watch. They bully in […]

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Karen - October 31, 2011 - 1:29 pm

I would also love to be part of your study when you get started. I think doing groups I’m schools would be wonderful. I wonder if interventions are successful, once bullies have been identified or if preventive curriculum is best. Great job patty!

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