A Southern Winter

I really dislike winter — the season. (I have to clarify because my oldest child is named Winter. Her name was actually supposed to be Autumn, but her birthday is in February. My husband suggested the name Winter. At first, I wasn’t sure about it, but it grew on me, and I thought it would … Read more…

Five Inexpensive Ways to Practice Self-Care

You grudgingly roll out of bed in the morning after smashing the snooze button two– okay, three or four—times. Your feet hit the floor, and you shuffle to the kitchen for coffee.  You groan at the thought of another day packed with things-to-do. Work, school, house cleaning, kids, practices, laundry, dinner. The long day after … Read more…

The Beauty of Books

I love books! I always have. From the time I could put sounds together to make words, I have been a reader. I love a good fiction book that can take you to another place in the world or another place in time. I also love to read biographies and read about history. I love … Read more…

Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way?

Principles of Leadership What makes a good leader? Is it their style, their poise, their ability to command a room? Is it the headlines they make? The attention they receive? No, that is not what leadership is about. Unfortunately, that is the route our country is taking when choosing a leader. Our country is choosing … Read more…

Laugh Out Loud!

I am not a fan of April Fool’s Day. I don’t really like practical jokes. However, I do enjoy a good laugh. So instead of making people feel like fools, let’s celebrate the joy a good laugh. “I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. … Read more…

Five Adjectives for Myself

#Fridayfive: Five Adjectives I love words. I love to read. I love to write. I love to teach Language Arts. (I also love to diagram sentences I love words so much.) Words are very powerful. Despite my love of words, coming up with five adjectives to describe myself has been difficult. I find that like … Read more…

Presence + Adventure

2016 A new year is the perfect time for new goals and resolutions. Even though it is just a page on the calendar, the new year truly feels fresh to me. A clean slate. A fresh start. Opportunity abounding. I feel I let things get carried away in 2015, and my goals overtook me. My goals, … Read more…

Friday Five: Five Favorite Christmas Joys

CHRISTMAS!!! I love Christmas! (Imagine that being said like Buddy the Elf, “SANTA!! I know him!”) I love all the traditions, the decorations, the TV specials, the concerts . . . I really enjoy Christmas. Christmas Baking I do not really enjoy cooking. I heartily dislike coming up with dinner ideas and cooking for all … Read more…

Friday Five: Five Favorite Charities

November is the month of thankfulness. In the spirit of this month, today’s #Fridayfive focuses on giving. There are many wonderful charities out there, below are five of my favorites. Kupendwa Ministries I wrote about Amy Washington and her ministry Kupendwa on this Save the Link. Amy’s family owns a local favorite, Washington Farms. Through … Read more…

Friday Five: Five Smiles

For #FridayFive this week the writing prompt is five smiles. Thinking of what makes you smile all week is a very interesting lens to view your week through. I was reading Crystal Paine’s new book, Money Making Mom, and this quote really spoke to me, “There is always something to be grateful for. If you … Read more…

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