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The Artisan Approach

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2018 will bring many new things for me...the first of which will be a new job! I started a few weeks ago and so far...I'm simply in love. Honestly, it was an answer to many prayers of mine and I am beyond excited to see where it takes me.  I will be working as the Operations Manager for Artisan Auctions. While my job duties are still in the making, I will be helping build and progress their online presence; Facebook, YouTube, the website, and eventually their blog.  Kelly and her team are absolutely amazing at what they do. I am in awe of her passion for these organizations, for doing all that she can to guide their teams as they prepare for their event. Friends, if you know of a non-profit that is in need of a benefit auctioneer for their fundraiser, I encourage you to please consider hiring her. I can promise you, you won't regret it! Click on the YouTube link above and watch the videos...she knows what she's doing and has fun doing it!  I'm anxious...for this new c…

Don't Grow Up, Little Girl

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Today is Christmas! Finally, all the fretting, stressing and anxiety is over. I was awoken before the sun peaked it's head above the horizon, by my son at 6:23am. Avery followed suit maybe 10 min later and I held them at bay until 7, when I woke the baby child to open gifts. All the excitement and secrecy...over in a matter of minutes. Literally. I wonder why we go through so much effort, such insane dedication to find out what they want most, talk about it for weeks, months even, for them to tear open this coveted toy and quickly set it aside to open something else. On to the next one!! At any rate, I sat today and studied my daughter. She was assembling all 2,943 pieces of an ice cream truck for her American Girl doll. She delicately placed each scoop in exactly the right spot. She had such precision and focus. And I couldn't help but think "how long will this last???" Not the time it will take for everything to get knocked out and lost. But rather, how long will …

Silent Bravery

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Where to begin...I've written this post several times and by now you'd think I'd know what to say and how to say it. Unfortunately, I still don't. So here goes...
Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love everything about it; the true meaning ("8lb 6oz newborn infant Jesus"), decorating, lights, music, movies, food. The list is endless. My birthday is only 2 weeks after Christmas and I remember as a kid always being so excited for this; any gifts I didn't get on Christmas, I could be sure to receive on my birthday! It was like a double-dip! But this year, this year is completely different. As I decorated my tree, I unboxed so many memories; memories on metal hooks that have little to no significance to anyone other than me. Christmas ornaments are gifts I love to give and receive. They have the power to speak volumes, to take you back to a specific event, childhood or nostaglic encounter. And this year time didn't stop for me. The memories of my life, …

The Pursuit of Happiness

"When we least expect it, life sends us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A moment is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny". - Paulo Coelho

Some days are easy; waking up and going about my day is second nature. There is little to any thought about it and what it holds; I wake up ready to conquer and I do! And then others....each minute is a victory, because damn it, life sucks and things get hard. I struggle to keep myself together; at work, in my car, at the store, at home with my kids or when I'm alone. Sometimes I am overwhelmed and everything hits me. I still cry and today is no exception.
My thoughts wander....to my past. Decisions that were made, some that weren't. Second-guessing what I did, what I could have done, what I should have done and what I didn't do. I have a…

BRAVE

"That's why we have to start. That's why we have to go first. That's why we have to be brave - so that other will be inspired to be brave along with us. We can be brave because we were always meant to be brave." - Annie Downs
Sitting on the couch, having deep conversation and relationship with my dearest friend Chelsea, we discussed how the men in our lives seem to live in fear. They are controlled by the fear that this one decision in their life might change things; this XYZ decision could be the best thing that ever happened and could change their life in such a way that they'd be the strongest, best version of themselves they were meant to be. Yet those whispers of fear are loud enough to keep them stagnant. She and I are choosing the opposite though; we are choosing to be brave. It's scary as shit! We have no clue what our future holds; who it holds! But that unknown is better than the alternative; paralyzed by fear. Because that, that dead and barre…