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A space to talk about growing our businesses, families, and dreams. Pull up a seat, grab a glass of something you love (it's a dry rosé for me!), and hang around for a bit.

Wine Country Travel Guide (Napa + Sonoma)

Hey, hey, friends. It’s been a while! Between the holidays, new year, and preparing to finally go on our honeymoon, life’s been moving fast. Two weeks ago, we were in Northern California to celebrate our marriage and sample a lot of wine on our honeymoon, and it was the most incredible trip. If you’re traveling […]

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Personal, Travel

January 30, 2019

Our Wedding Story: Part 2

If you haven’t yet, check out the first part of our wedding story that includes details about my wedding anxieties (fun!), the rehearsal dinner, first look, interesting touches in our ceremony, and more. The Reception We served tacos, chips, salsa, queso, and a side salad, for those who might think Tex-Mex doesn’t cover every portion […]

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Family, Personal

December 20, 2018

Our Wedding Story: Part 1

John and I got married on a cool, sunny Sunday in October. It had been freezing and rainy for the week leading up to October 21, but when I woke up to go for a head-clearing run on the big day, the sun rose without a cloud in sight. Everything about the day felt surreal. […]

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Family, Personal

December 19, 2018

5 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

For some reason, Christmastime can sometimes feel heavy. I so enjoy spending time with family and giving gifts (yeah, okay and receiving them, too). I feel so blessed this time of year to even have family to celebrate with, and now I can call my husband’s family mine, which just adds to my overflowing fortune. […]

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Family, Personal

December 13, 2018

Holiday Gift Guide for Extroverts

Extroverts are odd creatures to me. You are telling me you get energy and recharged batteries from being around a bunch of people? Yeah. Right. That’s so not me, however I have a lot of people in my life who are these enigmatic extroverts. And they deserve attention this holiday season, too… I guess. I […]

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Home, Personal

December 6, 2018

Holiday Gift Guide for Introverts

  It’s almost that time of year. Stores are adorned with red and green and metallic galore (wait, they’ve had that since August), Christmas music is playing constantly in my office, and pine- and candy-cane-scented candles burn morning ‘til evening, because there’s nothing sadder than holiday scents after Christmas. If you’re like me, you’ve got […]

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Home, Personal

November 29, 2018

What Brene Brown Has to Say About Self-Care

My sister and I went to an event on Monday night that was pure heaven for me. A panel of women. Two comedians, a country singer, authors, and…BRENÉ freaking BROWN. Hello, best night ever. The event is called Together Live, and the entire point of it is to create a sacred gathering of people with […]

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Career and Freelancing, Personal

November 21, 2018

It’s Not Your Job to Make Everyone Else Comfortable

I’ve been toying with writing about this for a while because I struggle with it all the time, but I still don’t have all the answers. “People pleaser” is a term that’s thrown around a lot. It can be a natural posture or learned. For me, I think it was learned. But I have been […]

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Career and Freelancing, Family, Personal

November 15, 2018

Dealing With Critical Feedback Gracefully

As a writer, it’s taken me a long time to not be offended if something I work on isn’t what a client envisioned. I pour my energy and heart into everything I write because this is my absolute dream job, getting to put together interesting content for all kinds of businesses. But just because something […]

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Career and Freelancing

November 8, 2018

How to Become a Freelancer

I’ve got to be honest. I haven’t known what to write about lately. In my Google Drive, I have a long list of blog post ideas and topics. But I’m getting married in 10 days, and it felt weird to write about sleep habits or career development or relationship challenges when I’m living in a […]

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Career and Freelancing, Self Employed

October 11, 2018