My Personal Journey

National Thrift Shop Day!

National Thrift Shop Day!

Oh I love nothing better than a good bargain! Growing up in the midwest, I was raised on Saturday morning garage sales and stops at the local Thrift Stores. Nothing better than the hunt of finding a great dress - but it’s too big and some buttons are missing - that I...

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Robin Williams Hugged Me Today

Robin Williams Hugged Me Today

There was a vortex created with Robin Williams passing yesterday. A vortex of pain that some souls will choose to dive into. (There’s a phenomena that exists that when a famous person commits suicide there is usually a rash of copycat suicides across the country.)

I felt that vortex open up and try to seduce me as well. My Achilles heel has always been suicide. It is something that has been handed down through the generations. The latest victim in my family, after my father took his own life, was my nephew Jason who took his at the tender age of 35, just a few years ago.

Jason’s death was like a sucker punch to the throat. It made me feel so vulnerable to the Siren’s song of suicide. She is so seductive.

The lure of ‘no more pain’ is hard to resist when the internal agony has been going on for so long and it seems there is no end in sight. I have experienced that pain in my own dark times and I have fought with the Siren myself. Three times.

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Promises and Personal Growth

Promises and Personal Growth

Promises are the backbone of integrity. I'm guilty of 'trying' to keep a promise but not actually keeping it. 'Trying to keep it' and 'kinda keeping it' without renegotiating is not keeping it. For me, I use the excuses of time and busy-ness but those don't cut it....

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My Word for 2014 is Love

My Word for 2014 is Love

I did it. Did you? Did you let it all go last night? My friend Bonnie Barnard and I did. Check out our "party" last night. Say it with me: Burn Baby Burn. By the way, at the very end of the video you'll see LOVE, My WORD for the YEAR. It's a word I know well..up to a...

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A New Year’s Eve Tradition

A New Year’s Eve Tradition

Dates matter to me. They just do.I like the imaginary line between 11:59pm of one day and 12:01am of the next. That line called MIDNIGHT has been a huge motivator in my life. Especially MIDNIGHT on December 31st because I REFUSE to take anything I do not want into my...

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Everything Is Happening For Your Good

Everything Is Happening For Your Good

Today it the day my mother and father passed away, oh, so long ago. Yet, regardless of how much time has past, I can still see her sitting at our round wooden one-leg kitchen table with her fingers latched on to the handle of her coffee cup, her legs perched on a...

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