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i am not lonely

i am not lonely

I’ll be forty-four next month, and I’m single. I’ve been single for almost three years. Prior to that, I was married for over twenty-one years. If you are any good at math you’ll quickly notice that I was very young when I got married. i did...

four reasons to visit u.s. national parks

2016 may have been a doozy of a year, but one very special birthday was celebrated last summer . . . 100 years of U.S. National Parks. Over the course of 13 months spanning between 2015 and 2016, I found myself in five different National Parks, from Virginia to...

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five resolutions for 2017

five resolutions for 2017

If you’ve been on social media or paying attention to what has happened this last year, I am sure that you’ve seen the many acknowledgments for 2016 being one the of the worst years in recent history. With the election of an off hand president, the death of beloved...

be unapologetically you

be unapologetically you

I’ve spent so many years of my life attempting to conform to someone else’s standards of what a woman should be. Women should be quiet. Women should be petite with a thin waist. Women shouldn’t swear. Women should be great cooks. Women should be coy....

sixteen things 2016 taught me

sixteen things 2016 taught me

I think we can all agree that 2016 was a year, to say the least. While each of us individually had highs and lows as a whole world we lost many great people, we had far too many tragedies, and I feel like this really will be a year that is not spoken of as often. Yet,...

balancing act

balancing act

I’m sitting by a fireplace, flames dancing exquisitely. In front of me, there is a splendidly decorated Christmas tree full of colorful lights, surrounded by a functioning electric train. Holiday music plays at just the perfect volume throughout the house on the...

lessons from learning spanish

“Hola! Me llamo Cameron. Cual es tu numero de telefono?” That’s about the extent of Spanish in high school. Which is rather frustrating when you think about it. You spend an hour 5 days a week for the majority of a calendar year “learning” another language and unless...

leadership vignette: marie forleo

leadership vignette: marie forleo

Marie Forleo’s journey truly began on the cutting edge floor of the New York Stock exchange as a trading assistant on Wall Street. She believed that she was cut out and meant for business and was passionate about figuring out where her unique skill set fit into the...

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