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Kristi Howard-Shultz

Kristi grew up in Danville, Indiana where she met her childhood sweetheart and now husband Elliott. After years of living apart including graduate school in New York City and military tours abroad, they resettled and started a family in Indianapolis. Together, they are raising two bright and busy boys—Henry and George. She has a Master's Degree in Social work from New York University and is a RYT 200 Yoga Teacher. In her “spare” time, she enjoys reading memoirs, chasing her boys, and listening to her husband, the funniest person she knows.

Permission Granted: Slow Down!

It’s back-to-school night, and I’m in a fog of anxiety and overwhelm. I walk into the kitchen, determined but determined to do what? I’ve already forgotten by the time I arrive. Ah, I went into...

Giving Thanks With Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3rd marks the beginning of National Teacher Appreciation Week and, in a year with challenges unlike any other,  it’s the perfect time to recognize faculty and staff with the praise they deserve every...

10 Things I’m Trying to Encourage Independence

“The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” -Dr. Maria Montessori I love this sentiment.  I know that providing opportunities for my toddler to develop...

Low IgA: Our Immunity Disorder Journey

  I recently had a COVID test.  Thankfully, my immunity is strong. I was not symptomatic and ultimately, not positive. It was standard for a procedure I was having.  My test took place in the same hospital where we...

“Enough” My Mid-Life Mantra

I turn 40 this month and, as I approach this mid-life milestone,  I am reflecting on where I have been and where I would like to go.  I am working to begin each day...

Ten Ways to Play Outside This Winter

It’s the longest, darkest, coldest time of the year. As quarantine drags on, and winter madness sets in, it’s still time to play outside!  I realize this may seem like the last thing you (or...

::Heart of IM – Non-Profit Spotlight:: Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS)

October is Blindness/Visual Impairment Awareness Month. In celebration of this month, I want to introduce you to an organization providing vital and life-changing services to families in need throughout the state of Indiana, Visually Impaired...

Just Say “No!”

I don’t know about you, but just when I thought life could not get any busier-- COVID-19! Our entire lives have been rearranged overnight.  Six months in, there seems to be no end in...

Go Play Outside!

It’s that Goldilocks time of year, not too hot, not too cold, just right--and that won’t last long!  It’s time to play outside. With summer camp canceled and quarantine prolonged, even I’m tired of...

Primary Preparations

With the primary election just over a week away, you may be sick of hearing about it, excited, or even wondering “what’s all the fuss?”  Whether or not things went your way in 2016, I...

Chores: My Crisis School Curriculum

We are seven weeks into quarantine, and I remain on a perpetual continuum between homicidal rage and cautious optimism. That might sound overstated, but I am trying to be sincere. The fact of the...

Zumba, an Old Workout for the New Year

'Tis the season for New Year's resolutions, setting intentions, choosing a word, or crafting your vision board.  For many of us, getting (more) fit is on the list. I faithfully practice yoga and walk,...

You Can Do Hard Things: A Case for Treating Yourself with Kindness

“You can do hard things”  is a phrase I repeat daily as I encourage my oldest, a perfectionist,  through his tears of frustration at the Lego that won’t snap into place, the letter that...

Boundaries, A Girl’s Best Friend

We are deep in the throes of the start of school. In the last month, you have likely been asked to serve on the PTA,  as a Scout leader, the classroom parent, and to donate...
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