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A Crazy Story of Serendipity!

family friendship universe May 13, 2019

The best description for what happened last September is that it was serendipity!

Noun: serendipity; the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. Synonyms: chance, happy chance, accident, happy accident, fluke; luck, good luck, good fortune, fortuity, fortuitousness, providence; coincidence, happy coincidence.
 
The happy coincidence is really so unbelievable that it HAS to be shared here in my blog...
 
First, it's important to give a little context as to how odd it was that the circumstances lined up to make this serendipitous moment occur...
 
It happened at a VERY UPSCALE restaurant in Charleston, SC where my daughter & her husband live. Number 1, they NEVER go out to dinner. Number 2, when they do, it's never upscale. (They have 3 kids.) But it was my son-in-law's 40th birthday and it was worth a big celebration.
 
Here's how it went down...
 
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Want to be happy? Live life like a 2 year old!

This guy is so much fun to be around! Yesterday marked 29 months since he was born, and I just gotta say, if you want to see the joy in life, spend it with a young child!

He sees the world like it's Christmas morning every morning - every day a new gift to be excited about, to open up and explore!

He's interested in EVERYTHING... He's curious, adventurous, fearless, and incredibly happy about the smallest of things.

He loves to cuddle. He loves to kiss. He's loves to talk, trying out every new word he hears! (So watch what you say! LOL!)

He's loves to laugh and loves to make everyone else laugh too. He's agreeable to pretty much everything (unless he's missed a nap!) And he has an endless twinkle in his blue eyes.

If we could all just be kids again, wouldn't that be amazing?!?!

To see life as he does... not as a challenge but as a gift!

To treat people like he does... no judgement and with lots of smiles!

To be as fearless & unworried as he is... not afraid to climb the...

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I Survived My Empty Nest!

I was chatting with someone yesterday about the transition we have to make as mothers when our kids leave the nest... I think it's one of the most difficult we face in life.

That is, if you like your kids! LOL!

All kidding aside, most of us who are moms LOVE being moms. It's our identity for most of our lives and then POOF, everything changes overnight.

Even for those who were working moms, like me. Being a mom was my primary job. My life revolved around my kids and their many activities. And I loved every minute of it!

We all have unique empty nest experiences and what I found the most surprising for me is that the transition from college to independent living was the most difficult.

When they were in college, we were still very intertwined in their lives. I was lucky to have 2 very chatty girls so we talked almost daily (thank God for the internet!). And they were home for every break and during the summer.

Then they graduated from college... and moved out!!! 

Now THAT was...

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My 5 Tips to Get Into a Positive Headspace?

I had a less than positive experience flying to Los Angeles this past week, but I never got mad or let it effect me in a negative way. I remained positive and rolled with the punches the airline kept throwing my way. 

As I was thinking about what topic to write about this week, this experience popped into my head as a good example of how I keep a positive mindset. And since I'm always asked how I stay so positive, I thought this would be a great time to share my best tips...

Just to give you a sense of what happened with my flights, I'll go in chronological order.

Last Monday I was supposed to fly from Charlottesville to LA, with a connection through Chicago. About 24 hours before my flight, I got a text from the airline that my Chicago to LA flight was cancelled. 

I immediately jumped on the phone with the airline and was able to secure the ONLY option, according to the flight attendant after about 30 minutes of searching. It wasn't an...

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There are no accidents in life

I remember it clearly… The day I found out I was an “accident.”

Days like that, the ones where the world as we knew it changes, tend to stand out in our memory. For me, it was because what I always thought to be true - that I was intentionally conceived & part of a plan - was no longer my reality.

And the funny thing is… the truth came out because of MY ACTIONS. We were sitting at the table, right after Thanksgiving dinner. I don’t remember the specific year, but I know it was at my sister’s house and I was a young married woman who was trying to get my parents to admit my sister was an accident.

Uh... That kind of back-fired. LOL! 

In fact, I was 99% certain my sister was the accident of the family so I was simply pressing for confirmation of what I already knew... because who gets married after only dating 5 months and then gets immediately pregnant?

Well, I guess my parents do! 

So here we were, at the dinner table, full...

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Do You Follow Your Head or Your Heart?

motivation Dec 13, 2018

What your typical reaction is to making a decision? Do you follow your head or do you follow your heart?

The reason I ask is because I am in the process of trying to make a big decision. And my typical response went to my head because I've been more of a head person most of my life. But I need to follow my heart and that's what you should do. I've learned that the hard way.

I want to share a couple of reasons about why it’s so important to follow your heart.

I’ve always been attracted to the Law of Attraction ever since I first heard about it on the Oprah show about 15 years ago. But I really started understanding what it meant and applying it to my own life within the last, five years.

I used to pride myself on the fact that I followed my head and not my heart because I thought that was what really makes you the most happy - you gotta do what makes the most sense right? You gotta do what the brain says to do!

I remember walking down the aisle when I married my first...

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Number 5 is on its way!!

aging family health Oct 04, 2018
 
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BIG NEWS!

And this grandma couldn’t be more excited about it!

I've had to keep this quiet but now the pumpkin is out of the patch!  #thoughttheyweredone

Grandchild #5 is on its way!!! And since she's older now, we'll get to find out the sex in just 3 weeks!

I have a feeling it's a girl this go round. Mollybean wanted a girl with the last one. I was with her the day we found out her mommy was having a boy and she shed a few tears. But fortunately, the universe was on her side because she lost her first tooth that night and the Tooth Fairy paid her a visit, distracting her from the news of her new baby brother! LOL!

So I think the universe is gonna make her wish come true and give her the baby sister she’s been wishing for! Lord knows we need some more girls in this family!!! The boys are outnumbering us!

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Friends for Over 40 Years

aging health Sep 29, 2018

It's not often that I get to spend time with these amazing women but every time we gather it is a treasure to me. 

I met 2 of them when I was 17, a college freshman, and they were randomly assigned as my roommate and suitemate. How likely is it that we'd end up being as close as sisters still 42 years later?

And the other entered our lives 2 years later when she came to our school as a freshman. We all just clicked. ‍‍ We asked her to move into our apartment, that had no room, so we converted our dining room into a bedroom & made it work!!!

When you find "your people" you just know, and you hang onto them and value that bond.

We've experienced quite a bit through the years... boyfriends, weddings, children, divorces, serious illnesses, loss of parents, heartache, many hairstyles, and lots & lots of shopping!!!

We like to focus on the fun, the positive, the future, and the adventures to come. These girls are always with me. Even when they're not.

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Being Better All Begins with Awareness

"Judgment comes from a place of fear, disdain, or even hate." by Rachel Hollis from "Girl Wash Your Face"

No judgement here if you are "judgy." This comes from my  and a place of love because I want to be a force that makes a difference. I want to inspire positive change.

Part of the reason is because I used to be the most judgmental person so I understand. And I know change is possible no matter who you are or how old you are.

I'm a work in progress trying to get better every day. If you ever see my judgy side come out, call me on it please!!!

Here are a few tips from Rachel:

1. "Find nonjudgmental friends. We tend to become whoever we surround ourselves with. If your friends are full of gossip & vitriol, I promise you'll start to develop the habit. When you are looking for a community of women, look for ones who want to build each other up instead of year each other down." (or talk shit about others - those are my words! Rachel didn't cuss. )

2. Police yourself. "If...

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I Couldn't Just Sit and Watch!

family fitness motivation Aug 16, 2018

I thought it was kind of sad that no parents were out there jumping with their kids. I got my grandkids tickets then decided to join them after watching for 15 minutes!

How could I not?!?! SO.MUCH.FUN!!! ‍
I had to see if I still had a flip in me! 

Would it be weird if I went back there with no kids? LOL!!!

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