Happy New Years’ Brave Warrior! Here’s a special reminder just for you: 2021 can be anything you want it to be! To me, the crispness and wonderment of a brand sparkling New Year is where the real holiday magic can be found. You have a blank slateOr, if you prefer, you have a new canvas … Continue reading Five New Years Wishes for you + a Little Pep Talk!!
2020 has been a wild year. A year none of us expected and certainly, one that’ll stand out for us for years to come. Trips were cancelled, weddings were postponed. There were mini graduation ceremonies – virtually. Face time calls and girls’ nights and family reunions happening over Zoom. There were people singing on balconies … Continue reading Life lessons from the year of the Pandemic!
Why Brave? Do you pick a focus word for the year? I do this exercise every year and back in 2019, the word I chose was ‘BRAVE’. My son, Braedon, had passed away only seven months earlier and experiencing the first holidays he wasn’t a part of was heartbreaking. Facing a new year without him … Continue reading Why you Need to be BRAVE Today!
In some of the worst, most heart wrenching moments of my life, gratitude was there for me. Gratitude actually saved me. It helped pull me from my pain. It brought me back into the beautiful memories that made up my son Braedon’s life. It helped remind me that although my beautiful boy’s life was short, … Continue reading What you Need to Know About the Powerful ways Gratitude can Change your Life!
I Wanted to Quit Before it Started! It was downpouring when I pulled into the driveway and parked my truck. I sat there for 15 minutes while contemplating driving away and bailing on the commitment I made to myself. I wanted to drive away; I really really wanted to drive away. I was desperately searching … Continue reading D.F.L. #100bravethingsproject #26 Duathlon
The big 4~0 has arrived you guys and I couldn’t be more grateful. Grateful you say, with a question mark. Grateful for growing older, you might be repeating in a confused tone? Wait, what? When people complain about growing older it makes me feel like the sound of sharp jagged nails scraping down a chalkboard. … Continue reading Celebrating 40, Growing Older is a Privilege Not Everyone Gets !
To My Dearest Son Braedon, It’s been two years, 24 months, 730 agonizing days, 17,520 hours, two birthdays, two Christmases, two Easter's, two Mother’s Days, two Father's Days since you were called home. It feels like a thousand years since I was able to look into your sparkling eyes, see a room light up with … Continue reading 17,520 hours Since we Had to Say Goodbye
Do you have kids the salesman asked? No, I awkwardly reply. It just feels wrong to burden a stranger in this way. To bring him into my world and leave him lost for words to say; feeling guilty over something he had no part of and can do nothing about. No. It doesn’t seem right … Continue reading Still a Mom: For all the Momma’s who are Grieving this Mother’s Day
The Transplant Clinic With Braedon (Don't feel like reading check out the pep talk here) You may be wondering what the heck does mashed potatoes have to do with perspective but stick with me and I promise to reveal all. Shortly after Braedon was diagnosed with Hepatopulmonary Syndrome we had to take a trip to … Continue reading How The Best Ever Mashed Potatoes Taught Me a Lesson on Perspective!
I'm Cured! Butting out for Good Earlier this month I celebrated my 8 year smoke-i-versary! Eight freaking years since I finally made one of the toughest habits to kick a thing of the past. After many failed attempts over almost 2 decades of smoking I quit smoking for good. Not only did I quit, I … Continue reading 39,944 Cigarettes Not Smoked: How I finally Cured Myself after almost 2 Decades!