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Taking time to connect, That’s What Life Is All About!

Spending time with cherished friends that add value to our lives, encourage us, who demonstrate kindness, grace, and passion...this is what life is all about! 

I couldn’t believe it had been 1.5 years since I got together to share stories with my friend Julie. My crazy schedule has made it feel like trying to fit 50 lbs. into a 10 lb. sack!

Julie, on the other hand, knows how to make time for others and enjoy life.

She works hard but has an incredible gift to connect with everyone she meets. It seems like everywhere I go people know her and love her… I call her the Mayor. Even after a tragic loss of her husband a year and a half ago, she has an incredibly positive outlook on life and people. Now, this is the kind of person you want to hang with.

How about you? 

Do you make the effort to schedule time with friends that build you up and when you walk away you feel inspired and energized? 

Joel Osteen talks about the 2-minute people, 2-hour people, and 2-day...

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Let It Go – I’m not talking about the movie

I walked into my 11-year-old son had just rearranged his whole bedroom. He excitedly asked, “Mom, what do you think?”

As an avid HGTV watcher, this was ALL WRONG! You shouldn’t block the window like that, it looks terrible! This is what I was thinking…

But rather than crush his spirit, I asked him a few questions about his bedroom redesign.

 Me: “Why did you place your bed in front of the window?”

Carson: “Because when I wake up, I can look out the window and see the sunrise.”

Me: “Wow! That sounds like a great way to start your day. Ok, now what about the fact that the closet door is blocked”? (It’s one of those bi-fold types, so there are two sides that open. )

Carson:  “I can still get the one side open and reach what I need.”

Me: “ok, hummm…”

Well, everything he said made sense...but it still looked terrible! 

As I stood there evaluating the situation and seeing the...

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Lessons from the road: Sh*&t...stuff happens:)

We sold our big house, SUV, sedan, a lot of our furniture/stuff...then bought an RV and jeep and hit the road to travel America.  Our family (two kids and a dog!) were on an adventure!

When we started the journey out of Atlanta, we had no clue what we were doing or getting ourselves into. 

With both my husband and I working full time and the children participating in the Georgia Cyber Academy, we had to create new norms.

Life had been completely unconventional and we all learned life lessons.

One of the main lessons we learned is that STUFF HAPPENS.

Despite reading blogs about RV’s and our best efforts to prepare, Patricia at the RV dealership said it best: 

“Be sure you have a tool kit and a sense of humor when you hit the road.” 

They weren’t kidding! 

The door broke at a truck stop where I had to have 2 men lift me up and shove me through the window…

The satellite dish almost blew off on 95 North... 

The septic thingy...

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We All Want To Be Heard

The meeting ran late, I scrambled to get my things together, my taxi was waiting, and the airport was still a 45-minute drive away…

The cab driver walked up to carry my luggage to the car and I was a bit taken aback. 

There stood a young man who was extremely disheveled with wrinkled, dirty clothes, body art, and unkempt hair.  

Frankly, I was surprised at the unprofessional appearance of someone serving clients at this resort...  

I introduced myself and asked him his name. It was Danny.

On the drive to the airport, I asked Danny questions about how he got to this town, what brought him to this job, what are his goals and aspirations, what did he see for his future… 

We had an amazing conversation. I learned so much about him.  He was a bright, smart, sweet young man who had family challenges that brought him to Florida. 

He literally had nothing and none of his family even knew where he was; driving the taxi was the first...

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Proud Mamas, Do we go too far?

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What can I say I’m a proud Mama. I couldn’t help but brag…oops, I mean share how amazing my daughter and son are! 

Our daughter started setting her alarm, making her bed and lunch in kindergarten. Our son started reading chapter books at five, learned how to do laundry at six…this was about the time I noticed this fellow Mom’s eyes glaze over…Had I gone too far??

After having children, my wonderful “steel magnolias” Mother-in-law shared some advice with me in her sweet southern accent: 

dahlin’, the only people who want to hear how great your children are, are their parents and grandparents. Other than that, keep it to yourself.”

Well, frankly I was a bit offended because I felt that it should be ok, to discuss the accomplishments, strengths, and gifts of our children! Well, it is...but now I understand her wisdom.

Having been both on the delivery end and receiving end of listening to another parent go...

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VIP treatment and the magic question to get you there.

When I worked in London, I met people from all over the world: Latvia, Norway, Spain, Poland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Egypt, Lithuania, Romania, and the list goes on. I love, love, love people, asking about their story and how they ended up abroad. 

But the first question I always asked was “what’s your name?” and then introduced myself. I like to call it the magic question.

It is said that each of us has a favorite word….our name. Think about it: if someone references you by name, don’t you feel valued. They took the time and effort to remember your name. 

When we were in Paris, France several years ago, I learned enough French to say Comment t’appelles-tu? Je m’appelle, Christine. I literally observed a complete shift in how we were treated, from aloof - almost rude - to kind and compassionate. 

When you ask someone their name, they are no longer some anonymous person; they are accountable for their actions because...

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These Are The Good ol’ Days!

Emotions ran high. Frustration grew as time was ticking. Our family zipped around trying to make sure we had everything needed for the entire day. We had to get on the road PRONTO. 

It was the crack of dawn on a Sunday and frankly, I was annoyed that we’d gotten ourselves into this crazy schedule. Our children were young and we chose this life of being on the go, so I certainly couldn’t play the victim. Ugh…don’t ya hate when that happens!

The previous week I had a conversation with ladies at work whose children were grown up and out of the house. They shared about the days of sports events and being on the go with a look of yearning and a tone of nostalgia. They advised, “enjoy this time, you will miss it.” WHAT? Are they serious!

So back to this crazy morning where we can’t find a cleat, my daughter’s ponytail wasn’t tight enough, and my son refused to wear his jacket…it hit me…These ARE the Good Ol’...

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Striving For A Great Mind

At a party where I didn’t know the people well, I found myself in a conversation that went abruptly from ordinary small talk to personal...where “friends” not present were being discussed. 

Nothing horrible was said but a lot of the comments weren’t very complimentary either…

...Ok, let’s call it by its name; this was a gossip fest.

Then, to my own horror, even though I did not know the persons of interest, I was tempted to add my two cents so I could fit in.

This prompted me to ask myself a few questions, you know that uneasy, internal dialog that we all have...

  • First, is this right? Should this conversation be taking place?
  • If I weren’t here, what would be said about me?
  • How can I change the subject?

Where did you see yourself in this story? 

There’s a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt that sticks in my mind whenever this temptation comes over me: “Great minds talk about ideas, Average minds talk about events, Small minds...

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Promises – The key to how we feel about ourselves

The most important promises we make are the promises we make to ourselves. 

And yet...How many times have we told ourselves, 

"I’m going to the gym every day for the next month," 


"I’m going to lose 20 lbs. in 2 weeks." 

Many of us are great at making lists, but at the end of the day, we see only one or two items checked off. 

We minimize how important those promises are because we think nobody will ever know since we made the promise privately. 

We should be honoring ourselves as the most important person.  

We must strike a balance in our lives. 

Too much of anything isn’t good. 

Having a big bowl of ice cream…good, 

Five big bowls …not good. 

Striving to be better every day is what it’s all about. We’re all a work in progress and it’s important to be kind to ourselves. Only compare ourselves to ourselves, and no one else.  

Confidence, self-assurance,...

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Make Others Feel Significant


We finally synced up our schedules and were sitting at dinner engaged in conversation. She asked me what was going on in my life, she seemed interested. I enthusiastically shared the ups and the downs. 

As I was mid-sentence, pouring my heart and soul out...she reached down and picked up her phone, looking at it with intent.  

WOW! A crushing feeling of being insignificant hit me. I guess what I was saying wasn’t very important; maybe I’m not very important??

We have so many distractions. It’s not just our phones that cause us to detach from conversations, it’s all the noise in our society. Our pace is so crazy that we’re constantly thinking of other stuff...even when we’re opening the mail or backing out of the driveway. 

How many times has someone been talking to me and it’s like I hear the words but they are not registering in my brain because I’m thinking about something else...’re preparing...

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