The book that gives you permission to be a little bit selfish – in a good way!

Whether you’re the mother of toddlers or teenagers, work inside the home or out, we encourage you to take a time-out to: 

  • Live a more deliberate and purposeful life 
  • Say goodbye to the constant guilt of not measuring up
  • Enjoy your children and husband more


Written by mothers for mothers, this book will help you create a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life for both you and your family. Find out how a little selfishness can give you a whole new sense of purpose and energy. Hundreds of real life stories and mom-tested tips demonstrate how taking time outs will transform your life.

Taking time for yourself reduces stress. 

Studies show that a continuous cycle of striving, failure and self-criticism creates stress which pumps our blood full of hormones that can be harmful to the immune system!

Only 20% of Americans feel passionate about what they do. 

Of the women in our focus groups who described themselves as “happy most of the time,” almost all either had work they loved or pursued hobbies.

Women spend more time with their kids now than ever before, yet feel more guilty.

Mothers spend four more hours a week with their children now than they did 40 years ago – and yet 52% of moms say they suffer from guilt about not spending quality time with their kids. Women tend to blame themselves for being inadequate mothers, when often perfectionism is the culprit.

More marital intimacy means more happiness.

A study has shown that increasing intimacy with your husband from once a month to once a week makes you as happy as getting a $50K/year raise! And yet most of the women we spoke with said that they were too tired and distracted to initiate, or even desire, sex with their partners.

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The secret of health for the mind and the body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, nor to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.

-Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhist leader


The Today Show, NBC (WHGH-TV Parent Talk), NECN – Good Morning Live, FOX 25 Morning News.


Woman’s Day Magazine, Dedham Transcript, Wellesley Weston Magazine, Dayton Daily News, Parents and Kids, Metro West, The Telegraph (UK), Dedham Times, The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Healthy Directions Magazine (Canada), The Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, Women’s Day Magazine, Dover-Sherborn Press, Wellesley Townsman.


Thrive In Balance Radio with Jordan Mercedes, The Mommy Muse with Christy Cuellar-Wentz on Voice Health and Wellness Network, The Doryn Wallach Show, The Parent Report, Army Wife Talk Radio, The Mike Horen Show, The Beach Morning Show, Jeff Lumby in the Morning with Gayle O’Brien, Newsline PM with Murray Langdon, Kevin & Taylor in the Morning, Melanie Deveau Show, Martha Stewart Radio, Momtalk Radio Maria Bailey.

Reviews & Articles,, Misstropolis,,,,,, A Vocational Duality, Seven Impossible Things, First Ourselves, Life in the Hundred Acre Wood, Everyday I write the book blog, Cafe mom, BCF Book Reviews (UK), Gentle Nurturing, Jen’s List, Pink (like the color), Lessons From a Recovering Doormat, Mama’s Home Remedies, Savin’ Some, She Knows, Mom in the City, Betty Confidential,, Me Time.

Book Signing & Talks

Massachusetts Financial Services, Watson Wyatt Worldwide, UVM Alumnae Club, Putnam Investment Group, Olivia Browning Boutique, Westmoor Club, Fitness Club for Women, Abbott Learning Center, Wellington Working Mom’s Lunch, The Blue Bunny, Chrislee Boutique, Wellesley Booksmith.

Excerpts have appeared in:

Bradenton Herald, FL; Belleville News Democrat, IL;, United Kingdom; Centre Daily Times, PA; Charlotte Observer, NC; Desert News, UT; Fresno Bee, CA; Idaho Statesman, ID; Kansas City Star, KS; Lorain Country Moms, CA;, GA; Modesto Bee, Cal; News & Observer, NC; Red Orbit, TX; Sacramento Bee, CA; Telegraph, UK; The State, SC; Tri City Herald, WA; Twin Cities, MN.


Susan was a hardworking businesswoman for fifteen years before stopping work cold turkey to raise her children.  Anne is a busy doer who works in the city and tries to fit it all in. And Katrin is an artist and a writer, who flies by the seat of her pants and chafes at rules.

We’re different and yet we’re the same: we want to be great mothers… without losing ourselves along the way.


Appearances and Speaking
Susan, Anne and Katrin

Publicity and Promotion
McGraw-Hill Professional
Kenya M. Henderson

Literary Representation
Stephanie Kip Rostan
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