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This isn’t the Life I Imagined

August 26, 2015

Apparently I only write on the eve of my next birthday. My last entry was a sappy reflection of my 20’s. I had a melt down last week. It was the night before the girls’ dad set off on a three-week adventure on the Grand Canyon. Billie was devastated she wouldn’t see her dad for nearly a month. When we got home, still sobbing, she asked why I couldn’t just live with Daddy again. “Why can’t you just go back?…

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On Turning 30

August 26, 2014
Burning Man 2011

I guess it’s only natural that on the night before you welcome a new decade you become pensive and a tad bit emotional. I’m preparing to say goodbye to my 20’s and say hello to a beautiful, new decade tomorrow. I’m overcome with joy and gratitude and am on the brink of tears. It’s remarkable when you sit down and really think about all the things you’ve done in ten years – the good, the bad and the oh so…

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Living Richly – My Interview with Redbook Magazine

March 18, 2014
Redbook April 2014 Living Richly

More than one year after making a public commitment to only buy used clothes, I’m happy to report it is no longer an experiment – it is my lifestyle.  With the exception of a pair of cat space leggings I bought brand new, I have only purchased used clothing since February 2013. I’m a fairly practical and well – cheap – person so it was a challenge I happily embraced. In year two of this challenge I am going to…

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The Truth about Loving Yourself

December 30, 2013
the truth about loving yourself

My daughters and I listen to Disney music during dinner time. Dance parties and loud singing ensue. The other night, Poor Unfortunate Souls from The Little Mermaid came on. My four-year-old quickly said, “I don’t like Ursula. She’s a meanie. No one loves her. Only Ursula loves her.” I started to spiral in my head. Actually, Billie, even Ursula doesn’t love herself. That’s why she’s such a meanie.  Was this an opportunity to teach my daughter about self-love and bullies? By the…

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Book Review – Delivering Happiness & Finding Your Higher Purpose

July 27, 2012
Learning from Zappos

I recently finished reading Delivering Happiness written by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh. Now, I can’t stop talking about it, especially because I feel like the Universe is continuously reminding me of the book. Exhibit A| I have a newborn baby so I’m more than behind on reading through my favorite blogs on my Google Reader. However, earlier this month I was compelled to click on Amy’s blog and low and behold she had written about the science of happiness. Thanks…

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How Do You Define Success?

April 18, 2012
Girls-Playing-in-Water-Sunset

source I’ve been wanting to write about this since I read Fat Mum Slim‘s take on the subject in late March. Since then, the definition of success has come up quite frequently in random conversations and even in a portion of the book I’m currently reading. I took these as signs to take a heartfelt look at my life and how I would define the word. I loved Fat Mum Slim’s definition: “It’s laughing with my husband and getting butterflies…

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Being a Mompreneur: How to Balance Motherhood and Work

April 4, 2012
Mom-Business-Owner

Happy Wednesday! On Monday we met Skye, an awesome mama fitness trainer here in Reno. Today, Skye is back to talk about how she balances owning and running her business and being a full-time mama and wife. I’m not gonna lie, it’s challenging at times. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to go to work sans kids, and come home, leaving my work behind at the office. As I write this, I am simultaneously helping my first grader…

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Finding Your Passion in Life

April 2, 2012

Hi! Today I’m excited to introduce you to my friend Skye. A gal who helped me stay fit during my first pregnancy and someone I truly admire. She’s a great friend, mama and local business owner who is using her passion for fitness to improve the lives of those around her. Hello everyone! My name is Skye Garman, and I am a fitness trainer here in Reno. My start in the fitness industry actually came about through crisis, which I…

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8 Easy Ways to Update your LinkedIn Account

March 13, 2012

I came across an article this weekend on 4 reasons you should join LinkedIn today. As a social media strategist, I can tell you LinkedIn is not only for job seekers.   It’s a fantastic networking tool during your employment, and if used correctly can also function as a lead generator. Half of the work is done for you. I get periodic updates to my email notifying me of contacts who’ve received a promotion or a new job, added an area…

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Have Better Memory – Brain Exercise

February 21, 2012
memory-building-exercise

source If I don’t write things down, I’m very likely to forget. Sometimes I don’t even have to refer to my notes to remember – the mere act of writing it down will often trigger the memory. When I was training to become a Spanish interpreter for the state of Nevada, I was introduced to an interesting memory building exercise – the Story Method. It’s an easy approach that helps you remember a string of words or bits of information…

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