• From the Desk

    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…

  • From the Desk

    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…

  • From the Desk

    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…

  • From the Desk

    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…

  • From the Desk

    A Christmas Song

    There’s a special album that my family listens to every year when we go cut down our Christmas tree. And on that album there is a special song, we call “the song.” As kids, it would always play on our way home and my mom would cry. It became a tradition. Four kids in a van, mom, and dad up front, a tree strapped to our roof, and mom would cry. It was like clockwork, no matter what the other variables were mom would cry listening to that song as we drove home with our tree. We would all laugh, even my mom. It was silly. This song was guaranteed…

  • From the Kitchen

    Christmas, Baking, Family, Chaos, and Warm Cranberry Bread

    Christmas is just over a week away! (Gasp) I realized that today and how much shopping I still have to do… I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way. And honestly, I do love shopping for my friends and family. I just haven’t done much of it yet. But anyway I want to talk about another thing that I love doing this time of year, and that’s baking. I love baking! I’ll bake any time of the year, but as the weather gets colder and with the promise of seeing out of town special people I get in the mood to play around in the kitchen. A…

  • From the Desk

    Gift Guide For All!

    Do you love the holidays but also kind of dread them because of gifts? My main love language is gifts and this is something I have struggled with for a while. I love Christmas don’t get me wrong. Christmas trees, twinkle lights, fresh cookies, surprising friends with great gifts, and receiving something special are all things I love about this time of year. I love the whole gifting and cheery mood of the season. I spend a lot of time thinking about what I’m going to get people. Which can make it even harder when I’m given a meh gift. I understand some people just don’t think about gifts as…

  • From the Desk

    Snowman Soap and Hallmark Princes: Expectations for the Holiday Season

    Have you ever walked into a holiday party thinking you are going to be gifted a bottle of wine and come out holding a snowman shaped bottle of soap? No? Hopefully, that’s only happened to me. One thing I do know is that expectations during the holidays can be a difficult thing to manage. I remember my cousin walked in one year and demanded “So where’s the ring?!” but my sister’s boyfriend hadn’t given her an engagement ring for Christmas. Once when I was a little girl I snuck into my mom’s closet and found the Tinker Bell tiara I wanted. Then on Christmas Eve, my aunt gave me the…

  • From the Desk

    Thanksgiving Isn’t Just For The Big Stuff

    Happy Thanksgiving! (if you’re actually reading this on Thanksgiving I hope it’s a wonderful day!) Today my day is all wrapped up in family, cooking, and the Macy’s Parade! If you’ve read this blog for a while you know I am a big fan of sharing what I’m thankful/grateful for. So today is a big holiday for me! Yet I don’t want to talk about the overarching things I’m grateful for this year like I will at the table tonight. I want to talk about something that continuously makes me grateful and happy.   A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words   At the foot of my bed, there’s a…

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    Dear 18, A Letter to My Teenage Self

    This is the second letter in a series I wrote to my younger self. If you haven’t read the letter that I wrote about being 15 you can find that here. Otherwise, here is the advice I wish I could tell my 18-year-old self. ~ Dear 18, This year you are going to be working through emotions and realities you didn’t expect. There will be tears, but they will not define this year. Remember one day, one situation, one class, or grade will never define who you are. Your parents are wise. Going to them for advise is not weak, it is smart. They know more of life and they…