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    Let’s get settled.

    It’s still wet. And cold. Virginia is a beautiful state and the winters depress me. While I know I don’t suffer from clinical depression, I am definitely affected by constant gray skies and cold, bitter air. One of the reasons I chose Tucson as my destination many years ago was it’s propensity for sunshine. The sun shines more than 200 days a year there. Sure, it’s hot, but it’s not humid. Not once in the 2+ years I lived there did I feel the need to shower multiple times a day. To compare, my first day in college in North Carolina (Virginia’s neighbor to the south), I took 3 showers!…

  • celebrations,  personal,  things I love,  wellness

    Gratitude and Grace

    One thing I know for sure is nothing happens in a vacuum. It really takes a village It’s been said it “takes a village to raise a child,” and I can assure you that it takes a village to have a meaningful life. Without my “village” of friends and family NOTHING in my life would be possible. My village picked me up when I was literally on the floor, sobbing. My village sent me wine, books, socks, flowers, cash, moving supplies, humans, co-pilots (both virtual and actual), food and so much love that I can barely contain my immense joy and gratitude. If you don’t have a village like this,…

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    The Big Why

    Pretty much everyone, everywhere is into finding your “why.” I’m a happy member of WW (used to be WeightWatchers but they changed their brand to WW – why? I’m not sure) and they spend tons of time reminding members to FIND YOUR WHY so you can lose weight and keep it off. There are business coaches, life coaches, and even blogging coaches that remind you without your “why” you’re never going to succeed. So be it. I’m a proponent of knowing why I get up in the morning. I like having logical and even spiritual reasons for getting things done. Some “whys” are hard to articulate. Some “whys” are highly…

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    dogs,  personal,  senior dogs,  travel

    Tucson to Texas

    Twas the night before road-tripping and all through the house, all the creatures were stirring, especially me. Getting on the road for any length of time is an arduous task for me. As much as I claim to love adventure and trying new things, I’m also a homebody. This makes life a little bit complicated. I want to do that new thing and hang out with the cool kids, but I also want to be in bed with a good book by 9:30 pm. Snow in Tucson You may not believe this because I started from Southern Arizona, but the day my moving pod was packed it snowed. All Day.…