Raising The Brave and Bold

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Shine On Jungle Princess

“Hi, my name is Kennedy.” Blank stare… walks away. “Hi, my name is Kennedy.” Stares right through her… and walks away. A blessing… and a curse… this kid has it. The love, the light, the heart of gold that makes her walk up to child after child and try to make friends. Like her Mama, she can walk into any…

Ebbing and Flowing Through Life is More Than An Action… It’s A Choice.

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For some my lifestyle and that of my family is, well, unconventional.  To some that is amazing, beautiful, goal worthy and causes minor moments of envy, despite their best intentions.  For others though, it is scattered, unorganized, frantic and lacks any foundation. The truth is, I have been like this my entire life and though at first it was without…

The Scattered Brain of a Young Entrepreneur… And How I Finally Figured Out How to Embrace It.

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Screw being a fly on a wall… you should jump inside my head for a day.  If I am even able to turn off the “Mom Brain” for a moment, it turns into a mumble jumble of details for an app I’m thinking of, a great opening line to a someday novel, a new ingredient to work with or an…

Worth the Worry: An Open Letter To My One Day Annoyed Daughter

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White knuckled, driving through the roaring rain and wind yesterday, my mind was racing almost as fast as the 18 wheelers down the flooded highway.  I saw a car wrecked on the side of the road, now abandoned, waiting to be towed away.  Were there children inside? Is everyone OK?  How would I handle an accident with you in the…

Motherhood: The Moments Always Turn…

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In My Glory...

About a year ago, some of my friends saw me at one of my lowest mommy moments ever. I mean legit tears, apologizing and probably indiscernible murmurings. I know how I looked: tired, pitiful, and crazed. It was a day after traveling thousands of miles to a friend’s wedding by plane then 4 hours in a car, all of us…

He Went to the Gym & I Ate Apple Pie: The Obvious and Not So Obvious Reasons I Can’t Shake the Weight… Until Now.

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The past 6 months have taken a toll on all of us, both physically and mentally.  Switching lives and homes in the blink of an eye was well… hard to adjust to.  Nevertheless, we are dealing with it and making the most out of the new opportunities.  New opportunities like increased family time, new job challenges and clearly my personal…

I’m Here… I promise.

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As I stand here watching Kennedy paint, in my parent’s kitchen, eating Abasi’s left over ice cream birthday cake, still frozen solid enough to poke with a knife and eat it like a savage, I am reminded of the randomness of life… yet again. Only a year ago, I was writing a birthday blog follow up about how much our…

9lbs Too Many: Trading Fat For Fierce

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Let’s talk real talk.  I have been back in the States for a bit over 2 months and have continuously been gaining weight.  I’m not talking “I feel fat” kinda stuff, but legit checking the scale knowledge that I’ve gained 9 freaking lbs since stepping back in the good ol’ U S of A. Do you know how much 9 lbs…

Life Keeps Moving: Trusting My Direction

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Life is one of those things that you really have no control of.  You can make choices once given options, but life unto itself continues moving… with or without you.  Take for instance an athlete who never smokes, drinks occasionally, works out religiously but finds themselves receiving Chemo for a cancer they couldn’t control.  You do (or choose not to…

#Abasi and His Little Lady

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Anyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE TAKING PICTURES!  I see them as a peek at fleeting perfection, calm in the storms and our treasure map to remembering who we are/ were.  They serve to remind us of a time that we considered WORTH CAPTURING FOREVER.  No matter how far we go or how many things change, there…