Why I Hang Out with Older Women www.monahodgson.com

Why I Hang Out with Older Women

Turns out I grew up surrounded by a treasure trove and didn’t know it. The gift of having girls and women older than me in my life. Women who, whether they knew it or not, poured into me out of their life experience and faith in God. In my 30’s and 40’s, while in the throes of momming two tween-into-teenage girls, serving a husband who had suffered a physical disability and the loss of his career, and losing my dad and walking through my fifty-six-year-old mother’s grief with her, I discovered the value of hanging out with older women who could speak life and shine light on my dizzying days.

Delight, A Dicey Word www.monahodgson.com

Delight, a Dicey Word

While reading Magnolia Journal on December 29, 2021, I gazed to the page of an article, “let delight reign,” written by Joanna Gaines. That’s when I laid eyes on the right word for me. Yes, I knew at first sight my word for 2022 was delight! A word I normally associate with a child. I pictured a wide-eyed, jaw dropping reaction to something that inspired wonder and awe in a little one.

5 Strategies to Help You Crush Stress www.MonaHodgson.com

5 Strategies to Help You Crush Stress

Friend, even with some states, cities, business, and medical services starting to open up some, life is far from normal. And all of that on top of the usual stresses of everyday life. While you and I can find much to be grateful for in every season, the stress of change and uncertainty are real. I’m in this chaotic and wonderful life with you, and I have five strategies that can help you lighten your load.

A Ready to Roll Checklist www.monahodgson.com

A Ready to Roll Checklist

You can’t tell me you’ve never blundered; never embarrassed yourself with a mistaken word or a committed or omitted action. Can you? Please tell me you have a similar story. I hate to think I’m the only one out there perpetuating mess-ups. Laughter is good for the soul, and a foolproof checklist is good for the heart.

Stuff www.monahodgson.com

Stuff: Nose Hair Trimmers and Closet Organizers

Drawers, cupboards, closets, sheds, and garages full of stuff. Unorganized excess. Baggage—emotional and physical saved for someone else to sift, sort, dispose of or save in an unbroken cycle of disorganization and distraction. We all come face-to-face with our stuff and sometimes we find ourselves buried in the stuff of loved ones. And yet . . . let’s talk about it.