Before I Die: 5 Lessons About Living Life To The Fullest

Before I Die: 5 Lessons About Living Life To The Fullest

I first learned of the Before I Die project when one of my close friends wrote a blog about participating in a workshop inspired by the project. The project was created when Candy Chang, an artist who had lost someone she loved, painted the sentence, “Before I die I want to______” in chalkboard paint on an abandoned house in her New Orleans neighborhood. The next day, the wall was full of personal aspirations and reflections from those that had picked up a piece of chalk to share a piece of themselves in a public space. Continue reading

Supporting Dreams and Losing Sleep

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After watching countless kid videos on YouTube, Journey decided she wanted to start her own series. Naturally, I was on board. I loved the idea of her living her own dream instead of watching other people live theirs. Of course this meant adding producing and editing a weekly video to my list of things to do. Oh…and did I mention that I don’t even know how to edit video? Continue reading

13 Tips To Help You Beat The Winter Blues

13 Tips To Help You Beat The Winter Blues

For me, the sadness starts in August. As soon as the kids go back to school, I start to feel cold air on my neck. I know winter is just around the corner. Football season starts. The days get shorter. The wind blows colder. I get depressed.  I have the winter blues. Continue reading

Do You Have A Dream?

Do You Have A Dream

As we celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday today, I am reminded of his historic “I Have A Dream” speech. In front of a captivated crowd, Dr. King shared his dream of freedom and equality in an electrifying speech that advanced the civil rights movement and cemented his place in American history.

Now imagine yourself in front of the Lincoln Memorial ready to address a crowd of thousands, or maybe you are at home sitting at your computer. What would you say? What would you write? Do you have a dream? Continue reading

How To Spend More Time Doing What Makes You Happy

How To Spend More Time Doing What Makes You Happy

Every weekend my husband and daughter steal away for an afternoon of daddy daughter time. Which sounds like the perfect time to catch a movie, luxuriate in a hot bath or curl up and get lost in a good book. But instead of spending that quiet time doing something that I enjoy, what do I do? Spend the whole time doing laundry, running errands, and tackling my never-ending to do list. Continue reading

What’s Your #Hashtag For 2015?

whats'-you-hashtag-for-2015I ended the year by asking the question, “What hashtag best represents your 2014 in a nutshell?” My hashtag was #focused.  Some of the answers I received were #blessed, #change, #intentional, #protected, #hopeful and #kindnessandlovebeatall.  I loved the question and the heartfelt answers so much that I thought it was great question to ask at the beginning of the year as well.  That said, what’s your hashtag for 2015? Continue reading

20 Inspiring Quotes To Kick Off The New Year

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Happy New Year!  Although I don’t do resolutions, I have set quite a few lofty goals for the new year and I’m sure I’m not alone.  So I’ve put together a list of 20 inspiring quotes to kick off the new year to help us stay motivated when we get frustrated, discouraged, and need an extra push to get over life’s hurdles. Continue reading

Birthday Party Theme: Magic

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For her 7th birthday, Journey decided that she wanted a magic-themed party.  She also wanted to use her birthday to help put smiles on the faces of patients at the local children’s hospital.  Here’s what it looked like when we tied to two ideas together and created a party that was fun and fulfilling. Continue reading

Back To School: Lunchbox Love

lunchbox loveIt’s back to school time already!  I’m always looking for creative ways to welcome kids back to school and what better way than to show them a little Lunchbox Love! Continue reading

Raising A Butterfly: The 4 Phases Of Parenting

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My daughter recently studied butterfly metamorphosis at school. When she came home with her completed project and explained each phase of their life cycle, I realized just how much parents have in common with butterflies. Much like butterflies pass through four phases of life before complete metamorphosis, we will experience four phases of parenting before our children become adults. Continue reading