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One word to make 2017 worth it

So I just have to ask…how’s that New Year’s resolution going? Maybe you intentionally did not make one because you know from years past how that story ends. You might have read how I wasn’t big on New Year’s resolutions and evidence proves the rest of you aren’t either. A small piece of the pie […]

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30 days filled to the brim with thanks

I set out with a simple goal. Write down one thing every day for which I am thankful. It wasn’t hard to think of that one thing. Sometimes several thoughts bubbled up and the hard part was picking just one. It was surprisingly challenging to remember to take the quick moment to write it down. […]

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33rd birthday gift to myself :: A happily ever right now

There’s an unmistakable veil of electric excitement wrapped around my daughter’s almost four year-old self. She bunny hops through the house chattering about her Little Mermaid birthday pool party that despite all of her inquiries is not quite happening tomorrow. She meticulously lays out her shiny purple and green swimsuit in agreement that we are […]

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My vision of success as a parent changed in an airport terminal

“Well adjusted” was my goal out of the gates. I wanted to raise an adaptable little human with a mild mannered disposition. “Start as you intend to go on,” was the quote that I had on replay. I had her sleeping through the night in her crib and was able to soothe her back to […]

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My father will always be my Captain

“Borders? I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people.” – Thor Heyerdahl I learned that the world has no borders from a Master of a 48,000-ton cruise ship. Pappa was away much of the time growing up, but he always made it a priority to travel as a […]

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How Ironman trained me for momhood

The word “triathlete” is near the top of the list that defines my second decade on this Earth. Good or bad – it became who I was to myself. I was unreachable between the hours of 5 and 7 am on weekdays and 7 to 11 am (or later) on the weekends remaining dedicated to my […]

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Lucky 7 :: Marking another year well-loved

Today makes seven. Seven years since we said “I do.” The day truly was all we hoped and planned. Man, did we ever plan! One cannot, however, plan for screeching sound system interruptions or the DJ playing the wrong version of Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours for the first dance. But the essential parts were all […]

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And so it begins with a half-year crisis

In August 2015, I experienced what I call a half-year crisis. My last baby, as I had come to refer to him as in my heart, turned six months. This being my second parenting rodeo, I was hyper aware of the time slipping by with each new solid food introduction. It was as if someone had placed […]

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