The Man That Came After

You were not in the plan. My story did not write the way I penned it. I penned happily ever after. I composed the fairytale ending with the same man I married at 27 in a seaside chapel on the Big Island of Hawaii. I penned one man, one love, and one life. My pen stopped working at 36, and …

Stifled Grief: How The West Has It Wrong

Stifled Grief: How the West Has It WrongThe reality is you will grieve in some capacity for the rest of your life. Once loss touches you-you are forever changed despite what society tells you. Stop looking at the expectations of an emotionally numbed society as your threshold and measuring stick for success.By Michelle Steinke-Baumgard, ContributorOne Fit Widow After nearly seven …

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Michelle’s 5 Minute Banana Pancakes

Ingredients 2 ripe bananas 4 eggs (or 6 egg whites) 2 tablespoons Peanut Butter or Almond butter/Sun Butter Dash vanilla Dash Cinnamon Optional cup of oatmeal uncooked Optional scoop or two of your favorite protein.  Mix all the ingredients in a blender and cook. Fantastic crappe like consistency and so sweet you don’t even need syrup.

5 Easy Tips for When Your Soul Is Tired

In 2018 I felt like someone, or something had taken all my inner light, my energy, my fire and fight and hid it from me. It was difficult for me to come to terms with, typically I have a strong desire to fight for myself and my purpose in the world. When that desire fades, it hurts more than just …

Coach Michelle’s Tip – Nutrition

December 10th, 2018 From a nutrition standpoint, you could go in 100 different directions, but very few of them would consider your health. You can eat fad diet, take pills, fat burners, eliminate carbs, drink shakes all day, drink some funky soup, but the truth is, while you may drop weight in the beginning, it won’t be sustainable unless it …

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6 Key Reasons You Should Eat Broccoli Today

I know, I know, you’ve heard about broccoli since you were a kid. Mom and Dad may have forced you to eat it, and, of course, they touted its healing properties. Perhaps you acquired a taste for it, or maybe you despise it after years of nagging, but whatever the case is, you really should be eating it as early …

Not Picture Perfect

What’s in a photo??? If you glimpse at this picture, you probably see four happy, beautiful children, and two comfortable and loving parents. In part, you are correct. The children, they are overall, pretty happy. The parents are in love, and the picture isn’t misleading as much as it just doesn’t tell the entire story. The entire story is complicated …

BROWN EYED BOY

BROWN EYED BOY My kids go to school about a mile from where my husband’s plane went down. It’s an excellent school with a fantastic reputation, but for a few moments after Addy got a spot on the waiting list I had reservations about going there simply due to proximity. The airport is a busy one with 2 flight schools …

DEAR WIDOW POLICE – I WON’T REVOKE MY CARD

DEAR WIDOW POLICE – I WON’T REVOKE MY CARD  LOVING AGAIN, CHAPTER 2, GRIEF COMPARISON, DEALING THE DAMAGE OF LOSS Nearly six years ago I was given exclusive membership to one of the world’s crappiest clubs. October 9th, 2009 – the day I went from being half of M & M, Mrs. Michelle Steinke, and the wife of Mitchel Steinke to becoming a …

I CAN’T FIX THIS

I CAN’T FIX THIS My son was 13 months when he lost his father. He holds no memories of his daddy and never asks questions or brings him up. He is a happy, well-adjusted, smart, and lovable five years old. He just also happens to be a kid who’s dad died way too young. Truth be told, I don’t worry …