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The Courage to Start All Over Again

"For what it’s worth... it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you’ve never felt before. I hope you ...

I Wouldn’t Change a Thing

By Sunday, January 13, 2019 2 No tags Permalink 1

“How old are your kids?” I’ve been asked on more than one occasion. Shame on me for feeling like I needed to explain that I don’t have kids but I have fur babies. I have the special kind of babies who will never grow up and discover their independence. I have babies who can’t make their own snack or take themselves to the bathroom even as teenagers. I have babies who can’t tell me what’s ...

Six Ways to Make Friends as an Adult

I’ve recently been asked how I successfully make new friends. Someone referred to me last week as the “Queen of meeting new people.” Well, it’s one thing to meet new people when you’re seven and on a soccer team or eleven and all the kids in the neighborhood ride bikes together. That’s easy. Making friends as an adult is a whole different ballgame. That got me thinking- maybe I should share some of my tips ...

Heads, Carolina Tails, California

I have always been infatuated with the idea of living on the west coast. This fascination started right after college when my friend Nicole and I flew out to visit another one of our besties, Leah, who was living in La Jolla and working as a traveling nurse. As soon as I arrived, I was in love. I felt like I was meant to be there. I loved the people I met, the beaches we visited, and ...

Simple Life

I’m not exactly sure why I stopped writing. I probably have more to say right now at this point in my life than I ever have. And second only to dance, writing is my therapy. So, here I go… my first attempt to put into words how the past seven months have forever changed my life. If I’m being completely honest, and why hide anything at this point, Shaun and I were starting to talk about ...

Stay Lifted

I remember as a child and especially into my adolescent years my mom being very focused on my posture. She would always say "stand up straight, hold your shoulders back, suck in, and put some lipstick on." Probably goes a long way to explain my obsession with lipgloss.My mom is not a fitness guru. She has had careers in nursing and real estate. But she was definitely on to something back in the 80s, and I've ...

Should We Move

"How am I supposed to live here? Should we move?" I asked Shaun more than once over the weekend. He reminded me that it was only for a couple of days, but that didn't help to cure the sadness I felt so deeply in my heart. I'm known for my dramatic mood swings. I have some pretty high highs followed sometimes by the dreaded low lows. Having never been clinically diagnosed with a psychological illness, I've ...

An Unexpected Dream

By Saturday, February 25, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

If you've ever doubted your passion, your purpose, or your power to make a difference, let me share the story of an unexpected dream that became a reality. A little over a year ago, I was at a job that drained me, literally depleted me of what I feel is my greatest strength- my positivity. I felt empty and sad and constantly questioning my life's mission. Here I was living in "paradise" but feeling completely ...

My Last Political Post

"You should get a Scottie dog. Barney is hilarious," said my friend, who worked in the White House during the George W. Bush administration. She knew I was trying to decide what breed of dog would best fit into my 23 year-old, single, corporate America, overtime-working lifestyle. In all honesty, the answer was really no dog, but that’s another story for another day. photo from whitehouse.gov/barney now on Google images Long story short- I’ll spare the ...

Election Day 2016

Election Day 2016. I woke up and said good morning to Shaun. I loved on my sweet boys whose tails were wagging just because their mom got out of bed. I made eggs and waffles for breakfast. Shaun already had the coffee going. He was kind enough to take Henry and Logan outside so that I didn’t have to take off my pajamas. Shaun left for work, and I sat down to do some exciting follow ...

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