Life Lessons:
Elle Burton

Are you happy at the moment?

Yes,  I can say I’m happy with my life at the moment.

If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?

I would tell myself that everything is going to be fine. You’re a smart young woman and the choices you will make will lead to a good life. I would also tell her that the boy you are dating at 16 is a keeper. You will marry him and go on to have four beautiful children. It won’t  always be easy, but it will be worth every moment.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

To not stress about every little thing and it’s okay to ask for help. I can’t do it all by myself.

What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?

I’m struggling to have more balance between work and family and still having a little time for myself. I’m getting closer, but I’m not there yet.

What’s your secret to happiness?

It’s not a secret as much as my outlook on life. I’ve always tended to look on the bright side of things and to find the good in any situation. I believe it makes me a happier person.

What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?

I would have to say writing and blogging help me stay grounded, plus the ranty emails to my sister where I can say exactly what I’m feeling without being judged help a lot!

What’s your biggest regret?

The bad haircut and perm I had in 1987. Forever known as “the mushroom cut.”

What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?

To be honest. You’re only as good as your words and deeds.

What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?

I drink way too much diet soda.

Aside from motherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?

I’m proud of me! I think I’m pretty awesome.

Who is your favorite Disney princess and what has she taught you about parenting?

My favorite Disney Princess is Cinderella. Not so much for the fairy tale ending and the whole marrying Prince Charming, but because of her grace in how she dealt with a bad situation and how she was happy in spite of it. There are going to be lots of things in life you don’t like, but don’t let them steal your happiness.

What ten words best describe you?

Smart, funny, happy, dependable, honest, empathetic, sarcastic, optimistic and creative.


Elle grew up north of Boston and is a New Englander at heart. She resides in Western NY with her husband of 30 years, two of their three daughters, a son, four cats, three dogs, and usually several foster kittens. She has twin 2-year-old grandsons in Nebraska, which is way too far away. Elle has worked as an EMT and a 911 Dispatcher and is currently the Customer Service Coordinator at her local humane society. She is a lifelong fan of all things Disney and one of her dreams is to spend a night in the Cinderella Castle Suite. Elle has been blogging with her sister, Stacy, for five years and you can find her at Blue Monkey Butt and on Twitter at @BlueMonkeyButt.