Author: Nicole Cruz

Why Everything You’ve Tried Isn’t Working?

Most single parents already know about the things they need to do to feel better – to have less stress, more energy, more peace.

But they’re not doing it.

Not because they’re lazy. Not because they can’t. Not because they’re overloaded.

But because they’re putting their time and energy toward other solutions that are less effective, or at least less effective on their own.


The solutions that are communicated the loudest and the most convincingly are the ones with the most money behind them.

The ones with the most money behind them are the ones that can earn the biggest profits, not necessarily the most effective solutions.

So, with millions of experts saying different things and companies using manipulative techniques to deplete their wallets, single parents with no training have to decide for themselves which solutions have the best shot at giving them some relief.

At no fault of their own, they’re usually wrong.

The solutions that are best for most single parents seem too basic to have a big impact.

The thinking I hear is, “What I’m dealing with is much too severe/complicated for something like that to work.”

Basic interventions can be extremely powerful, but they can’t be patented and copyrighted.

So, people make them more complicated. They package them into complex protocols, complete with a snazzy diagram and acadmic sounding multi-step methods.

Those doing this usually have great intentions. Attracting investors with a profitable product is an extremely effective way to get the resources needed to make positive change.

But that doesn’t mean that solutions that are simpler and less profitable aren’t as effective.

My passion is figuring out the most efficient ways for single parents to feel GREAT and handle whatever life throws at them.

Sometimes it starts by communicating that,
of all the possibilities in the world, the simple tips their grandmother told them are in fact the best ones to put their limited time and energy into.


Do you choose being single to avoid heartache?

Do you choose being single to avoid heartache?

Those of you who are single by choice, if you look deep inside your heart, do you really want to be single or do you believe that the relationship you want isn’t possible and therefore not worth pursuing?

The answer is different for different people, and even for the same person at different points in their life. I’m not insinuating that those who claim to love being single are actually afraid of pain.

But some are. And to those people, I’m sending love and saying don’t give up on what you really want.

Pain has no power unless we give it some. The worst it can do is be unpleasant.

Yes, VERY unpleasant. But still, that’s it.

Dating involves pain. Even if everyone had great intentions, incompatibility often surfaces after we’re already attached. Feelings aren’t always reciprocated. It burns badly each time.

But if we guard ourselves from pain we also close ourselves off from true love. True love requires intimacy. Intimacy requires vulnerability. Vulnerability leaves us…vulnerable.

One of the worst ways we hurt ourselves is by becoming attached to our fantasies about who someone is or what a new connection might become, instead of waiting with open curiosity to see what actually unfolds. That random stranger you never met ghosting you doesn’t hurt if you see them as a random stranger instead of the person who might have been your soul mate.

Another way we torture ourselves is by creating reasons for other people’s behavior that involve us being unworthy or unloveable. Back to the random stranger who ghosted you – was it because someone that great would never actually want you? They must have found someone better! Or is it because their spouse found their dating app and deleted it? You’ll never know! So stop trying to figure it out.

One of the most damaging ideas is that we’re supposed to know if dating someone is a bad idea. Yes, it’s a bad idea to ignore red flags. But we often put our best foot forward and don’t show the worst in ourselves until later on, usually when we’re under pressure. Heck, we wouldn’t want to date that side of ourselves either.

Compatibility means being able to deal with someone at their best and worst. So when we see someone’s less desirable side, sometimes we realize we’re incompatible. But instead of simply moving on we wonder why we didn’t see it sooner. Next thing you know, we see EVERYTHING as red flags.

Depending on your definition, we all have red flags. And we all hurt people sometimes.

My red flags, according to some people:

  • I’m divorced (must have been a bad wife)
  • I’m a single mom (must be irresponsible and have baggage)
  • I only go on dates when my son is with his dad (I must not be willing to make time for a relationship or make my partner a priority)
  • I‘m too available (I work online and tend to check and answer messages quickly. But I must be a clingy psycho)
  • I work a lot (must not have time for a partner)
  • I don’t have much of a social life (must be lonely, desperate, and miserable – not just a busy single mom)
  • I value sex positivity (Slut!)
  • I don’t commit or become exclusive for at least a few months (must be playing games and disloyal)

I’ve broken hearts. Didn’t want to, but it was the right thing to do because I didn’t feel the same or we weren’t compatible.

Realizing this about myself, it’s easier to open myself up to others.

No, I don’t put up with BS. I’ll walk away. But I don’t have walls up.

And so I get hurt. Deeply.

But I also experience intense romance, adventure, intimacy, and fun.

In fact, that’s been what I love most about being single.

I love it so much that anyone I get into a relationship with has to be even BETTER than single life.

One day I’ll find that person. I’ll keep my heart open until I do, no matter how much pain I experience along the way.

Our exes don’t deserve the power to sabotage our future happiness.

Nobody deserves that power.


Emotions are data. Valuable data.

Emotions are data. Valuable data.

Resisting our emotions adds an extra layer of suffering.

Being disturbed by our emotions adds an extra layer of suffering.

“What’s wrong with me?”

“I shouldn’t feel this way.”

“I need it to stop!”

All extra suffering.

Instead, we can observe our emotions and use their data to point us in the direction of personal growth and fulfillment.

That doesn’t mean letting your emotions guide you blindly.

Data informs, but doesn’t control.

Our emotions only have the power to be unpleasant (ok, REALLY unpleasant) unless we let them control our actions.

Once our emotions control our actions, they control our lives.

Learning how to wisely use emotional data is life changing.

Learning how to feel at peace while experiencing fear, grief and other unpleasant emotions is life changing.

Being able to act with a clear mind in the face of those emotions is powerful.

What role do emotions play in your life?

How to Make Major Lifestyle Changes When You’re Burnt Out & Overwhelmed

  1. Choose small action steps that take minimal effort but help you FEEL better.
  2. Once you feel better, you’ll naturally want more. Gradually add more small changes as you continue to feel better.
  3. When you fall off the wagon, get back on without judgment. It is part of the process.
  4. Stay consistent. Don’t be an inspiration junkie, jumping to another program/regimen when the first one isn’t new and exciting anymore.
    It’s that simple.
    However, it’s not always easy to know which small actions will actually get enough results to make you feel better. After all, there’s a lot of money to be made selling easy “miracle solutions” that get little or no results.
    Here are a few of my favorite first action steps:
    Fitness: 1 minute jumping jacks as soon as you wake up. Once you can do that, keep weights right outside your bathroom and do a set of an exercise every time you leave it, working your whole body over the course of the week.
    Nutrition: Make half of your food fresh fruit and non-starchy vegetables.
    Stress Management: Try out a variety adaptogens to find a few that work for you. Use them as levers to adjust how you’re feeling at any given time. Ashwagandha is the most popular among my clients.
    Mindfulness: Observe your inner monologue and “reel” throughout the day. Any time you feel uncomfortable, observe what’s happening in your mind and body in detail and without judgment, like a scientist.
    While these may seem random, I promise they were chosen carefully after considering how much effort they take, how noticeable the results are, and how quickly they begin to work. I’ve also tested them on myself and seen them work over and over again with my clients.
    Over time, these small steps turn into a sprint and we transform in the process.
    Not sure how to make a healthy lifestyle work in your tough situation? Pick my brain 🤓 I love getting messages about this stuff.



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1. Figure out what foods they can no longer eat.
2. Look up healthier replacements for those foods that fit within their new diet.
3. Eat those replacements and be miserable.

There’s a better way. (Thank God!)


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Are you setting yourself up to thrive as a single parent?
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Are you setting yourself up to thrive as a single parent?
When you take the quiz, you'll get our FREE report based on your answers and that include: - Your key areas to work on. -Quick suggestions to improve each area.