• From the Desk

    What It Feels Like To Write For Women

    “We’d love to have you write for us!” As a writer, I can’t tell you how exciting those words are. In one line it’s a confirmation that all the work I’m putting into my writing is worthwhile. It’s a motivation to write more so I can get more of that line. It’s an encouragement to be vulnerable and share my story. That line will never get old. I’ve wanted to be a writer and share my writing with the world for over 10 years now. But it wasn’t until 2 years ago, summer 2017, that I first got sent that line. Since then I’ve had 4 pieces published on blogs,…

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    3 Lessons I’ve Learned About Waiting

    I don’t know about you but I have a love-hate relationship with waiting. On the one hand, I know that things are so much sweeter if you have to work and wait for them. Like kids on Christmas morning. The anticipation mounts and then finally it’s Christmas! As the weeks leading up drag on you just want it to finally be Christmas but know the wait will be worth it. It builds the reward to be that much better. On the other hand, waiting is so freaking hard! Now I’m a fan of the slow gratification but I mean even still, waiting can be painful! I feel like since I…

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    Lessons I Learned About Relationships From My Friends

    As I’ve mentioned on here before I didn’t get into a serious dating relationship until I was 24. I knew there was going to be a learning curve. However, what I didn’t realize was how much my friendships had prepared me for being in a serious relationship. Yes, there are things you won’t learn until you are dating but others you can get from other relationships. By the time I started dating my boyfriend I had been in serious friendships for over 10 years. Now that’s a long time, at least when you’re only 24. Those relationships unknowingly were preparing me to date, my boyfriend. So for the girls that…

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    Dear 13 – A Letter To My Teenage Self

    This is part of a series I’ve written of advice I wish I could give my younger self. If you would like to read the other letters that I have shared you can read 18 here, 16 here, and the one for 15 here. ~ Dear 13,You’re stepping into an exciting unknown. It’s a fresh and exciting time. Everyone always talks about the wildly amazing times they have in their teens and now you are standing on the threshold of that fun. It’s 7 years filled with new adventures, firsts, discovering out who you can and want to be, complex and new emotions, life decisions, and changes. A lot of…

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    Friendship and Sisterhood

    Last week I shared the story of how I came to be best friends with two sisters, Hannah and Natalie. If you haven’t read that one I would recommend going there first as this is a continuation of that story. And so now, on with the bigger picture that I started talking about last week. The Picture Gets Bigger Hannah and Natalie have an older sister, Rebekah. And yes, we have had confusion around names. Well Rebekah became best friends with my older sister, Emily. At first it was them and then us, but then something amazing happened. We all became friends. The five of us were known as “the…

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    Friendships That Grow You

    I was turning 12 and my best friend, Hannah, asked me to invite her older sister to my birthday party. But heres the thing, I really didn’t want to. You see Natalie and I knew each other. How could we not, I’d been best friends with her sister for over a year. But we didn’t like each other. Hannah and Natalie shared a room. And every time I came over Natalie and I would ignore each other. I felt like she thought she was better than me, even though she was only a year older than me. And she thought I was a little brat, which I definitely could be…

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    Galentine’s Love

    Happy week before Valentine’s Day! Now if you have been a reader of my blog for a while you will know I have spent most of my life single. Last year was the first year I actually Valentine’s Day with a boyfriend. My first 23 Valentine’s Days I spent with my family and my wonderful girl friends. Sometimes we called it Galentine’s Day other years we’d just call it Valentine’s because we were with the people that matter most to us. Even though I didn’t have a boyfriend I looked forward to Valentine’s Day because I got to celebrate my friends with food and gifts. I know this time of…

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    Dear 16 – A Letter To My Teenage Self

    Dear 16*, “You are 16 going on 17…” sorry couldn’t resist, but actually you know you loved that reference. So now you’re 16, you’ve hit the middle ground 3 years in 3 years to go. You’ve learned a lot and have a better handle on what this teen thing is about. You’re excited because you have new friends and a growing family. Life is still changing but it’s less scary and more fun right now. You have a job, and that gives you confidence and a little monitory freedom. ~ My advice for you this year is to enjoy it! Allow yourself to be your age, you don’t always have…

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    I Want To Love My Body

    What do I love about my body? This question was posed to me by the writing group I’m a part of, Illuminate. Every month we have a different theme that we are challenged to write about and January’s theme is the body. Going through the challenges and prompts I immediately starting writing a piece on how I never thought I could write on body issues. I was writing about the negatives I’ve experienced when it came to my body. And then I realized that that wasn’t what the prompts were about. The prompts were asking me about the positives about my body. And dare I say it what I love…

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    New Year Grace Goals

    Happy new year my faithful readers! We’re 10 days into this new year of 2019. How has it been for you? I’ll be honest with you, the last 10 days have gone from amazing to overwhelmingly stressful and then back again. This time of year is usually when people are full throttle going after those new resolutions and goals. It’s a time when people try new things. It can also get super discouraging because things don’t go the way they had envisioned. Today I wanna to talk about that disappointment and working through it. Looking Back December 2017 I left my job as a Technical Editor. I made the decision…