Some Favorite Quotes

You fall, you rise, you make mistakes, you live, you learn. You’re human, not perfect. You’ve been hurt, but you’re alive. Think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, and to chase the things you love. Sometimes there is sadness in our journey, but there is also lots of beauty. We must keep putting one foot in front of the other even when we hurt, for we will never know what is waiting for us just around the bend.

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Confessions: In My Life, With You

This weekend was all about gratitude. I have so much to be thankful for: a mostly drama-free childhood full of happy memories made possible by my two amazing parents who worked tirelessly to provide for their two kids, a job that (while exhausting,) keeps my mind sharp and hands busy, and a beautiful home that keeps me warm and safe as I listen to raindrops pitting against the roof over my resting head. I'm thankful for my friends & family in every corner of the world, the gorgeous Autumn weather in Austin, and the simple joys of baking a pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Eve. But what I'm most grateful for this year is the partner by my side. 

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2017 Favorite Small Businesses

As Small Business Saturday approaches, my mind drifts to memories of the antique store my parents used to own. "The Lilac Hedge" was a significant part of my childhood. I remember running through the back of the house, where stock was piled to the ceiling. I remember passing time with my brother upstairs where we'd play hide-and-seek in the hidden railroad closets. I remember being dropped off from camp in the store's driveway, not my home's.

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On Kindness: Practicing Self-Love When You Feel Too Busy

Happy Summer! We're already mid-way through the season... can you believe it?? Summers especially seem to go by quickly - and what better season to celebrate yourself and slow things down a bit? This is a reminder in self-love for those who feel like ditching work for a lay in the sun, for those who want to go on a cooking-hiatus and eat popsicles for dinner, and for those who are packing for a summer trip. Now is the perfect time to show yourselves a little extra kindness. Here are a few suggestions.

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On Kindness: My Momma Told Me

My mother is a strong woman and is someone I look up to dearly. These are her words of which I will carry with me my entire life. I hope you're able to spend some time with the women in your life today; Happy Day, to you and yours. Any gems of advice you'd like to share from your own mother, sisters, girlfriends, aunts, cousins, or co-workers? I'd love to hear in the comments.

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Confessions: Voyeur

I want someone who, early in the morning, secretly watches me from the warmth of the bed in our tiny one-bedroom apartment. He sees me at the stove: my right foot propped against my left ankle while I stir honey into my still steaming cup of tea. He'd watch as a small stream of hot water trickles off the mug's handle - a telltale sign of vigorous stirring - and lands on my wool sock, which absorbs instantly into the fabric. He wonders what I'm staring at

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