You Have Divine Beauty – Use it for Good.

God put SO much beauty into one simple rose, just imagine how much beauty He’s put into you! Sure, we have our thorny, prickly moments. But I believe people, YOU included, have much more beauty inside than they realize – beauty of character and conversion, compassion and charity, that’s just still trying to blossom. ♥️ Let God…

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Dance. For. Joy.

Want to cut a rug in your own home? That’s right, I’m bringing dance to you! Whether it’s because you’re learning something new or because your heart is racing, dance lifts us in amazing ways! I’ve been enjoying movement for over 15 years and am thrilled to share how it can help raise your spirit.…

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Hopeful Spirit: Meditation and Mental Breaks

Feeling unhappy? Overwhelmed? When was the last time you relaxed? Don’t have time to relax? I get it. You’re busy. Everyone’s counting on you. But what if you escaped for a few seconds by closing your eyes and just letting yourself breathe deeply? What if? What if you locked yourself in your room for a…

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8 Thoughts from 8 Social-Media-Free Weeks of Reflection

It’s been 8 weeks since I’ve taken a break from social media and did some soul-searching. Here’s what I’ve learned:  1) I have no serious gut issues. All tests and scans came back normal (no cancer, IBS, or anything else). What I do have are some serious stressers in my family’s life. Each time those…

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Loving Me For Me Post-Mastectomy

I usually try to hide my tears from my kids.  And my breakdowns.  But not this time.  They knew I was having a REALLY rough day.  Sammy kept sitting next to me, holding my hand.  Michael stopped when he walked by to give me a gentle side hug.  Sophia was my gopher girl, filling my…

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Making the Most of The Last Days of Summer…Through Music

For this week’s #musicmonday I’m sharing a tender mercy I was blessed with at our last day at the local pool. I was having a woe-is-me moment as I saw everyone swimming and realized I couldn’t get in the pool yet post-surgery, while also stressing about how I would look after my next surgery (it’s hard not…

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Head Shot Bloopers and a Lip Sync: Taking Time to De-stress Between Surgeries

Last Friday I desperately needed a mental break.  I needed to laugh, though I wanted to cry.  But for work, I really needed to get a professional headshot done that evening.  After a day of doctor’s appointments, debating what kind of reconstruction I’ll have after a mastectomy, I needed to look happy, professional, and capable.  All…

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Freedom From Mental Illness: My Independence Days

This post is brutally honest.  But with all the suicides I’ve heard about recently, I feel like I have to share.  I feel a responsibility due to how lucky I am to still be here, so I have to try to share some light. 6 years ago on Independence Day, along with cooking and planning…

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My 6 Favorite Unplanned Photos with My Super Heroes

Recently (like, 6 months ago!) we did a photo shoot to get some new family photos for my blog and upcoming CD and book releases.  Like all our portraits, my daughter was very particular about her outfit in an adorable, quirky way, my boys were playing more than they were focusing on staying tidy, and…

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Color Run! 2014 in Memory of Daddy

It occurred to me yesterday that I never shared my pics from the Color Run here!  And considering I jogged it with my mom and 3 kids (3 GENERATIONS of family!!) and in memory of my Father, it is definitely an achievement I want to share.  So here are the album pages that share quite…

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