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The Vacation – Prequel

Within 24 hours I'll be in a car, with three kids, a dog and a husband - heading out for our end of Summer-before school starts, vacation. It's been a while since I've gone on vacation. Like, years. Many, many years. I should be looking forward to it. The beach, the rest & relaxation. The unplugged… Continue reading The Vacation – Prequel

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When Things Don’t Go As Planned

I wanted to look pretty. I mean, it's not everyday you have the honor of singing the entrance song for the bride - and not just any bride. My nephew's bride. My nephew, who since birth, I'd considered my own. Because, you know...being an unmarried girl in my mid-to-upper 20s, it was pretty clear, he… Continue reading When Things Don’t Go As Planned

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You’re Worth More Than You Know

If you've been following my blog, you know my mom has been through a lot this year; foot surgery, knee replacement, kidney stones...it literally never ends. And it's taken a toll on her spirit. Just when she begins to heal from one thing, another pops up, making it harder to deal with her recovery. Through… Continue reading You’re Worth More Than You Know

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Blue is Not Just a Color

Today marks the 1-year anniversary of a horrific event in my little town.  It was a Sunday morning...a beautiful Summer day was on the horizon. It was quiet. It was peaceful. Until it wasn't.  It was all a blur really. I remember seeing police cars, hearing sirens...I remember a feeling in my stomach that something… Continue reading Blue is Not Just a Color

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Truth Be Told…

I'm a work in progress. I have high expectations of myself, but also those in my circle, my tribe; inevitably leading to disappointment. I sometimes compare myself to those of whom I admire and respect; often forgetting that by doing so, I'm comparing my shortcomings to their successes. Like the filter of a picture posted… Continue reading Truth Be Told…

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Don’t Listen to Them…

They'll tell you, you can't. Don't listen to them. They'll tell you, you have no experience, no money, no plan. Don't listen to them. They'll say you're too young, too old - you are too busy and have no time. You'll spread yourself too thin. Don't listen to them. They'll shatter your dreams, wreck your… Continue reading Don’t Listen to Them…

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Own Who You Are!

As the owner of a women's boutique, I get to meet many different women. I've met stay-at-home moms, entrepreneurs, seamstresses, teachers and bus drivers. I've had the opportunity to talk with realtors, dentists, business professionals and caretakers. There are so many amazing women in this world. But one thing remains the same. NONE of them… Continue reading Own Who You Are!

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Dealing with Surgery and the Aftermath

Last year my mom underwent foot surgery. My dad handled it like a champ...chimp? First, he lost the house keys, after picking her up from the hospital the day she was finally released, and while frantically looking for said keys, left her in the wheelchair at the top of a hill in their front yard.… Continue reading Dealing with Surgery and the Aftermath

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Back to School is When?

My kids have been out of school for maybe 2 weeks. I lost track already. It feels like literally, forever. I'm not gonna lie, I'm kinda done with it. The first few days were great! I went shopping and picked up what I thought was an endless supply of paint, paintbrushes, canvas & sketch paper.… Continue reading Back to School is When?