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You've probably heard of the idea that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. This is usually shared as a caution for adults, or possibly even teenagers, to think thoughtfully about who we...
Growing up I was always told, “Be who you want to be,” and “You can do anything if you set your mind to it.” I’m an only child so my parents really encouraged my education. I worked my butt...
I wish I could do more for my family. I wish I was a better mom. I wish I were a better friend. I wish I did more as a wife. I wish I had more patience with my...

Just So

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One of the biggest challenges in the layout of our house is that we don't have a pantry. Because of that, I have pantry items stored in our cabinets, which means my mixing bowls have ended up in an...
Why I’m Not Giving Anything Up for Lent :: Instead, I’m Giving More of Myself Every year after the fun of Mardi Gras, Lent comes upon us. Growing up religious, we were encouraged to sacrifice, or give up something we...
If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say... Your mama probably did always tell you, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!” We all know it. But sometimes we forget and a little too...
2021 is ringing in a new found outlook on what may lie ahead. Still unpredictable, New Orleans won't look the same this year with a new way to celebrate our beloved holiday Mardi Gras. Once Mardi Gras was transformed...
I have a love/hate relationship with New Year’s Resolutions. I think they goal-setting is a valuable tool for making real and needed changes in our lives, but I also find the task can be paralyzing if the resolutions feel...
Lately, I've struggled with productivity. It started during the quarantine, but now that we can, cautiously, resume some of our past lives - and my kids are back in school - I still feel disconnected and off schedule most...
I won't bore you with the story of a friendship that went sour. I'm not here to convince you that I was right, or that they were wrong. Most of us can admit that at some point we have felt...

My Small Indulgences

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Everyone talks about self-care. Whether it's a massage, a pedicure, or a new balayage, I think everyone can acknowledge that these creature comforts can put a smile on anyone's face. But these are largely one-time splurges. Before COVID, I hadn't really...
Dear Vianca, Guess who??? That’s right it’s me, your brain. I know you’ve got a lot going on, running your household, homeschooling, and being a small business owner, but please accept this letter as my formal resignation. I’m done. I’ve had enough. I’m...
In order to know how far I've come, let's go back to where it all began... I was 26 and living a lifestyle many would consider exciting! I was personally trying to figure out who I really was and searching...
Media Overload Every election season I get truly overwhelmed at the seemingly constant barrage of political arguments from both social media and mainstream media. Being the fight or flight person that leans very much to flight, around September, I usually...