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Tomorrow is my 41st birthday. While I’m not one of those people who hate birthdays, I haven’t always looked forward to them either. Rather than being a reminder of getting older, sometimes it’s just a reminder of all of the things left undone. Today I’m sharing ten of the biggest hurdles I’ve
In 1982, Women’s Day magazine printed a story by Nancy W. Gavin. She had sent the story in as a “My Most Moving Holiday Tradition” contest entry in which she subsequently won first place. Sadly, just two years later, Nancy passed away from cancer.
My brother decided to join the military just a few weeks after 9/11. I was beyond proud (of course), frightened (obviously), and completely inconsolable when he was deployed through Christmas. That Christmas I thought about him a hundred times a day. Was he sad? Did he have any friends over there so
Over the past few years my naivety was pulled out from under me as friend after friend and even a few family members showed their darker sides. I felt shock as words like “snowflake” and “bigot” were hurled at each other from people who I genuinely respected and admired. Social media became
There are two problems with these sugar coated pecans. They are crazy easy to make They are highly addictive During the holidays we seem to make a batch every single week. Not only do they make the house smell ah-mazing, but they make for an easy appetizer, holiday gift, or after school
It’s Thanksgiving week. Right now, in this moment, I’m enjoying the calm before the storm. The fireplace is going, I have scented candles that smell like fall lit around the room, and I’m enjoying a cup of earl grey. All is well. Over the next few days my Facebook feed will be
Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend my son’s first JROTC event of the season. It was a crazy week, followed by a crazy weekend and while we had a two hour break on Saturday, my daughter and I decided to head to Panera for lunch. When November rolls around I
We are told to serve. All of the business coaches and teachers will tell you that. You must SERVE people in order to become successful. Your focus should be on SERVING and the money will come. For years I have thought about how I might be able to dramatically change people’s lives.
I don’t know how old I was…old enough to read…old enough to comprehend…but still young enough that I was completely naive about war. Yes, I knew soldiers were killed, loved ones never came home. I understood on an intellectual level. But as a child, it was something I hadn’t quite comprehended, I
I was at the grocery store last week shopping in the tea aisle. I am a tea LOVER so it is very rare that someone introduces me to something new in the tea world. HOWEVER… This woman opened my eyes to a whole new world and after purchasing half of the store