Hi, I’m Danielle.
Let’s be honest.
This whole growing-up-and-juggling-life business is a lot harder than you thought it would be.
You started out with big dreams and excitement about the possibilities of what you could do – how you could enjoy it with people you loved.
But in the process of working out a career, family, having kids, and just being in the trenches of life, you can lose sight of the simple joys you thought would be part of it.
If you’ve ever found yourself thinking:
“I feel like everyone else is a better parent than me.”
“It seems like she is balancing her job and her family just fine, why can’t I?”
“I thought that life as a mom would be so fulfilling, but frankly, it’s really hard.”
“I’m just so overwhelmed. I used to believe I was good enough….at my job, at parenting, even at friendship. What happened?”
…then you’re in the right place.
I don’t know how you arrived here, but if you’re like most of my other readers, you’re looking for something to inspire you – to help you connect better with the people around you and you are looking to ditch that crazy notion of balance in favor of a simplified life.
If you want to see more of the pretty extraordinary in everyday life, enter your email address below to get inspiration, practical help, and even a few laughs from me as I walk the trenches with you and we find simple joy together.
I believe that women are better when they lift each other up rather than tear each other down.
I believe that if my children go to bed at night knowing that I love them, I have succeeded.
I believe there is no such thing as balance.
I believe that your version of parenting is no better than mine, and mine is no better than yours.
I believe we can learn from each other, even if what we do looks completely different in real life.
I believe you are doing the best you can and that is good enough.
I believe life is pretty extraordinary when you simplify: stop striving for balance, embrace the juggle and focus on enough: You Are and You Have.
“Thank you for writing this. I have printed it and placed it in the middle of the “to do” pile of paperwork that always sit on my desk so that I can re-discover it and smile and know that I’m not alone all over again.” ~Kimzell
“I NEED to respond and say thank you! You have no idea how much this post means to me, because it’s from YOU (the seemingly do-it-all-and -rocks-it mom)”~Sarah Burns
“The fact that you DON’T have it all together all the time makes me love you even more. I’ve been feeling exactly this for what seems like months now.” ~Jen Bradshaw
“You continually turn my eye towards joy, Danielle” ~Reader
“Danielle, thank you for sharing this. And thank you to the Facebook Gods for placing this in my stream at just the moment I would be sure to click on it. I certainly needed to read this, this post is screaming to me to “see….listen to her!” Thank you for your honesty and being brave enough to share this.” ~Reader
Imagine the moment you realize your life is not supposed to be perfectly balanced, that your neighbor, your best friend on Facebook, the other mothers at drop-off, the working moms and stay-at-home-moms, the working-stay-at-moms are juggling (and dropping) the same balls you are each week.
Imagine the peace you’ll feel when you realize – we’re all in this together and YOU ARE ENOUGH.
Subscribe to Extraordinary Mommy and come away celebrating the small victories, feeling inspired by a community of women who want the best for themselves and the people they love.
A little background on me….
I’ve made a career out of telling stories, but through this journey, I’ve learned an important lesson: listening – to the universe, to my body and to you – has been what has allowed me the most growth in life.
In 2007, a young girl ran a red light and changed my life. I remember every second of the accident: spinning through the intersection, rolling down an embankment, thanking God I was alone in the car. Amazingly, I walked away. I had ignored the intuition that urged me to stay home that night, but as I ached from the bruises and washed the glass from my hair, I was hit by the conviction that I would never again do a job that didn’t make me a better citizen of the world, or fight to inspire mothers I see working and loving so hard each day.
I believe Moms are extraordinary even on the days they lose their patience, feel overwhelmed and crawl in to bed confident they’ll never have it ALL figured out.
This site was born that month.
Building a business has shown me as many down’s as up’s, but you have continued to challenge me to get up again each day, to take care of myself when I forget (and remind you to do the same) to seek the extraordinary in the very ordinary, and to remember that it is ok to feel overwhelmed. Like you, I’ve often put on a happy face and smiled my way through the hard days, but it is ok to lean on each other for support and seek the advice of other women who ‘get it’. That’s what we do here.
Stay with us. Find ways to simply your home , your meals ,your kids’ sports, embrace time with your family, and still find time for you. Remember, above all else, you aren’t alone – we are in this together.
What Readers Have to Say:
— Bethany Prange (@bethanyprange) May 18, 2016
“Unreal how this girl touches and encourages my heart. Thankful for her presence, influence, personality. Cannot put this woman in to words.” ~Kenzie Libbesmeier
“Danielle oozes goodness and sweetness…not the sugar and spice kind but the always-there to-listen-to-you, make-you-feel-like-she’s-your-best-friend, like you’re the only person in the room and that you matter more to her than anyone else in the universe.” ~Babble
When you join us, you’ll see that life can be just that: pretty extraordinary. We’ll walk with you as you ditch perfection, stop striving for balance, seek simplicity, embrace the juggle and finally see the beauty in being enough just the way you are.
Have I told you that I’m glad you’re here and that I can’t wait to hear from YOU? Feel free to drop me a line on Twitter (I probably spend a little too much time over there) or, if you are feeling so moved, send me an email. I’d love to know what you think or if there is some way I can better remind you we’re in this together.
Oh….and I think you’re pretty darn extraordinary.
P.S. see my professional bio for more info on me.