Leah Recor

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Leah has lived on both coasts, spent much of her childhood in Colorado, but found the true meaning of home in Iowa. As a single mom of two girls, she wanted to show her daughters the power in setting our minds to our dreams and creating our reality, and so she began the Abundant Parent. When she isn’t writing, vlogging, running workshops, or bringing writing to kids with her nonprofit, she is mostly likely elbows deep in art supplies, cooking ingredients or mud and camping dust with her kids. She has been quitting coffee for the last three years; it’s going really well. Stay tuned.

I’m Never Getting Married, Like, Ever Again.

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I wouldn't say I was really the marrying type. As a little girl, I never dreamed of getting married. So when I was planning my wedding, there was no preconceived notion of what my wedding...

The Unexpected Mentors I Found When I Was At the Cliffs of Insanity

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This last year of COVID, Derecho, and the unfolding fallout, left me sinking further into survival mode and a healthy dose of compartmentalization. Nothing spoke louder than my inner child falling into mindset patterns of...

Three Positive Mindset Influencers: Endless Optimism in a Sea of Hopelessness

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I'm over being overwhelmed, over being tired, and over feeling like things are falling apart. I'm over it! And yet, this annoyingly optimistic voice of my Inner Being tells me to keep the faith, that...

We Can’t Un-do That Doodle! How to Resolve to Feel Better in 2021

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I know, that you know, that I know, that you know, that rolling over to 2021 isn't going to swipe our world experiences clean. Events and experiences get carried with us in good and bad...
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Working From Home For (What Feels Like) Eternity: Do We Have It All Wrong?

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As I write this, it is the first of the month, the day my article is due. I planned to wake earlier than my kids since I'm working from home.  And in expected irony,...

5 Cedar Rapids Places My Kids Want To Go No Matter How Big They...

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Do you ever feel like, as your kids grow, you relate less to moms who are beginning their parenting journey? You've climbed out of the deep dark pit of diaper changes, googled your fair share...

How to Rest: A Mother’s Guide to the Impossible

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Staying at Home is Exhausting Here in Cedar Rapids, we are in the middle of an ongoing pandemic, a storm equivalent to a stage four hurricane wiped out 50% of our trees and countless properties,...

Parallel Parenting With an Abusive Partner: A Survivor’s Guide

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Divorce is devastating and leaves us feeling a palpable sense of loss. Part of my job is supporting families through strained co-parenting dynamics after separation and divorce. This can go on for years, even...

Being a Strong Person is the Worst, and Other Tales From 2020

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As we pass the halfway mark of 2020, I want to kiss this year goodbye! Anyone else? A phrase I've heard as long as I can remember is "God only gives us what we can...

5 Ways Iowa Felt Like Home Before It Was

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I’ve lived in a bunch of places. Born in Connecticut, I spent most of my childhood in Colorado where my mom had grown up. On my 16th birthday, we relocated to Marion, Iowa. I...