Resolutions for a Brighter Future

WOW. Who else can’t believe there are only about 2 weeks left in 2017?? As I’m still marking items off all my Christmas to-do lists, I’m also starting to think beyond surviving the final days of the holiday rush and toward my New Year’s resolutions for 2018. Having just spent nearly $200 tonight on a…

let freedom ring

it’s one thing to see her on TV or from Manhattan or the Staten Island Ferry  . . .  seeing Lady Liberty up close this weekend during our New York trip, even just from below, was nothing short of awe-inspiring and humbling. while we were there, 3 students from Mexico, of all places, asked if…

5 on Friday

so this posting every day thing is hard, y’all! but i guess i knew that going in. it’s been a while since i’ve challenged myself with daily posts, but that familiar feeling of torture mixed with accomplishment is still the same.  by my count, i’m down 5 posts, including one for today. so imma wrap…

#tagwithella

i came across this little girl’s story on Twitter today and it broke my heart. she suffers from a disease called Epidermolysis Bullosa that makes her skin extremely fragile, causing it to blister and tear. it is hard for her to even move because her condition is so painful. and running and playing like other 10-year…

a beautiful fall weekend

8 months ago at the school auction, we went in on a weekend at cabin in Ellijay, Georgia, with 2 other families. this weekend, we finally got to make the trip! our posse of 6 adults and 6 kids enjoyed 48 hours full of family, friends, food and fall fun with mostly good weather in…

hands up for the weekend!

sometimes it’s the little things, y’all. today, i’m thankful for an easy Friday, with a very happy client on the other end of my only call and no unexpected work shenanigans. and now . . . omigod. it’s the weekend! what are you thankful for today? each day during this month of Thanksgiving, i hope…

birds of a different feather flocking together

getting this one in under the wire, y’all. but sure enough, it took me all day and a couple late “meetings” (at lovely rooftop bars on this gorgeous autumn evening) to crystallize this thought . . . pretty much no one can deny that the political climate is crazy right now. well, let me take…

when one door closes . . .

i’ve got a little personal project that i’ve been working for a while now. it’s involved knocking on a lot of doors to get support, with a lot of dead ends and frustrations along the way. Monday, i realized i’d hit another dead end. i was discouraged. i was ready to give up. i decided…

Friday favorites: 5 things about Irma

favorites? i dunno about that. it has been a rough week here in Atlanta. not to say my first world problems are anything in comparison to the people who really experienced the brunt of this hurricane in Florida (including one set of parents and several college friends) or Harvey in Texas.  here at my homestead…

back to school: lessons for creativity

originally written for my company’s blog, i couldn’t resist sharing (okay, fine. teasing.) a few of my favorite ways to reset and revive your creativity here, as well! Growing up in Virginia, back-to-school time signaled the transition of summer to fall. The start of a new season. A clean slate that rivaled even New Year’s…

i leak like a White House staffer

well, at least that’s what Spy said on Facebook last night after i posted a cryptic tease about him already planning a special trip for our 10th (!!) anniversary, which doesn’t come along until May. obviously, i’m over the moon that he apparently has been cooking this up for a while now and wanted to…

fresh look, new things afoot!

it’s a hot mess up in here, y’all. if you’re visiting for the first time in a while, you probably (long ago) noticed nobody’s been home much for months. y’all know i’m not one to make too many apologies or excuses about that. you also probably noticed things around here got re-decorated a little. it’s…