Portrait of me, the author when my son was a newborn.

At This Indulgent Life I strive to provide you with resources and inspiration to help you, and me, live an indulgent life.

Indulgent means:

1: willing to allow excessive leniency, generosity, or consideration

2: done or enjoyed as a special treat or pleasure

    This is a place that I hope you come to see as excessively generous as well as your little special treat on a long day. Where you can learn how to respectfully parent your child and encourage them to learn in a way that is fun and natural.

   I’ve been helping to raise and educate other people’s children for over 2 decades. First as the much older sister, then as a babysitter, children’s church leader, nanny, teacher, both homeroom and art, and even at one point a school bus driver! And now I’m a mom myself of a very adventurous little boy who is really teaching me all about life, adventure, and perseverance.  I’ve worked with children from babies to high school seniors. From the USA, Canada, Central and South America, France, China, Korea, Japan, India, Pakistan, and Hong Kong. I’ve taught English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Art/ Photography. And I’m still learning something new every day. I hope to share my experiences, my insights, and all I continue to learn with you here.

Want to know more about me?

     I’ve owned my own photography and videography business before moving to Hong Kong and even then I focused on couples, women, and families. My goal has always been to bring people closer together and build them up. In fact, in college my Freshman year my nickname was “The Rolodex” because I knew everyone’s name and what they were studying (a skill I’ve sadly lost with the brain black hole that happens when working with children lol) and I would bring different groups of people together. I’ve always been the one to seek adventure, something out of the ordinary and immerse myself into topics that interest me. I went on a mission’s trip abroad when I was 14, I went abroad again with school when I was 16, I did a social experiment the year after 9/11 where I wore the traditional garb of a Pakistani girl and went to mainstream classes to see how I would be treated (was THAT ever an eye opening experience). I helped direct children’s choir and plays at church and I was the official babysitter at the church by the time I was 15. In college I would take courses in ballroom dancing and Native American Studies and I spent 7 months living in France and traveling Europe while also being a part time nanny to two local boys. And now I’m sitting here in a tiny village in Hong Kong watching the sun set beyond my balcony while dreaming of my next adventure!

  Of course the biggest adventure of all is parenthood. I’ve learned so much about myself, about parenting tips, and love since having my son. I’m a bit of a research-aholic and I wanted a way to document everything I was learning, to be able to go back and give these same resources to other parents seeking help in my groups. I realized that I could help others with my over-researching tendencies while helping myself. As this idea took form I also realized that I could use my skills as an educator to help parents develop their interactions with their children into fun learning opportunities. I hope that your time on here encourages and inspires you to be more than a spectator to your child’s life, but an active participant.

  I’d love to know what questions you have or topics you want covered, subscribe below to stay up-to-date with This Indulgent Life and then email me at [email protected] and tell me a little about your journey and what you want to see on This Indulgent Life.

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Meet "J"

This little lovebug is what makes this page possible. He is loves to explore new textures, places, and foods. He is clever and such a lover. I want to improve and learn to be the best mom for him.

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Meet "Hubby"

The man that left all he knew to help me pursue my dream of teaching abroad. He's a jack-of-all-trades and recently opened up his own woodworking business where he upcycles driftwood and pallet wood. www.cookscustomcreations.com

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Meet "Bear"

The big dog that's just a sweet baby. He's a mongrel Hubby has had since he was a puppy and we brought him over from the USA to HK. He's the kind of dog that mainly sticks to himself, but that all the other dogs and the kids want to play with. He loves his butt scratched and thinks he's a small dog, especially when he wants in your lap! He's also the most patient with "J" letting him chase him around and play tug with him.

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Meet "Duke"

The medium dog with BIG personality. He loves to cuddle and will paw at you till you let him under the covers. He loves to play, but is often so rambunctious the others get a little scared. His nickname was once "Ritalin" by a friend. He's a lump on a log for most the day, but if someone new comes along he can't stop running around! We got him from a shelter and also brought him over to HK.

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Meet "T"

This woman deserves her own page she's that amazing. This house would not function without her. She has left her own daughter in the Philippines to help take care of our family (daycares don't really exist here). She makes being a mother so much easier because I don't have to worry about if my son is being cared for and when I'm home, I'm home. She's tiny but mighty, loves Ferrero Rocher chocolates, and between her and "J" the locals like us because of them lol.