Happy New Year : Day Two – Failed Resolution

Welcome to my Day Two of the New Year. So one of my Resolutions for 2017 was to become more compassionate. I caught a mouse for the first time……on a glue trap….I feel sad… I did not want to move it. It was wiggling, trying to break free. It felt inhumane. I seriously wanted to pay someone to come remove it from in front of my Fridge.  Someone told me it was Karma getting me back for wishing snow upon us. 

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Ushering in the New Year With Abundance

A lot of people apparently had a bad 2016 year. Post after post, pops up on my Facebook timeline. “Fuck 2016”, “2016 has been the worst year ever”,  “I can’t wait for 2016 to be over”, “2016 has been a nightmare”. At the same time some of the same people can’t wait until 2017! These one’s leave me a bit baffled.

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2016 Stockings For Seniors

I organized my Winter project for Seniors called Stocking For Seniors. In this initiative, I partnered with Villages of Africa, Fetch and Sleep EZ in Lewis Gale. They served as drop off locations. While their patrons stopped to drop off filled stockings packed with personal items, games, clothes, etc. Recipients were nominated by members of the community. I spent the days leading up to Christmas Eve delivering gifts for my Stockings for Seniors initiative.  I did not get as many donations this year,  but I was still able to deliver stockings of 18 seniors living at home! Every ounce of impact is necessary and proper.

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Inclusive VT Project 2022 Panel

I had the awesome opportunity to speak on the Inclusive VT Project 2022 Panel at Virginia Tech today! I was all nerves until Lisa, my coworker gave me the time honored advice, “Tighten up!”  Nothing like some tough love! For reals….. I needed that encouragement! I can’t wait for the next opportunity to participate in something this exciting!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Look at all this food I have prepared! I’m kidding. I’m here with my family on this wonderful Thanksgiving! My delightful mother spent the day cooking for all of us!  It is a wonderful time to give thanks, surround yourself with good people and find ways to give back to the community in some way. Tis the season of giving. Will you join me? Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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My Experience with Cologne Subscription Service Olfactif

So, I have tried a number of subscription services since the concept became popular. I am excited about this new one that I found. One day, I was in Macy’s attempting to pick out a new cologne. Then, I thought, ” I wonder if there are any cologne subscription services.” I hopped onto my phone  and started searching. I ran across a company called Olfactif.

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Celebrating Columbus Day with a Moscow Mule

This evening to celebrate the end of Columbus Day, I ran to the store to purchase a few ingredients for one of my new special occasion beverages–the Moscow mule. The copper mugs, ice mallet, cloth bag, ginger syrup, I received in last month’s Bespoke Post Shipment. It was on point. It was very enjoyable and a great way to mellow out on a cool and crisp autumn night.

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Alzheimers Walk


On October 1, 2016, I participated in the Alzheimer’s Walk and fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Association! Great day overall. Hundreds of participants came out to show their support of their friends and loved ones marred by this horrible disease. Thank you to everyone who donated and or participated in this wonderful event in the Roanoke Valley!

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Finding the ‘Right’ Friends

A few weeks ago, I shared in a Facebook post that making deeper friendships over 30 is harder. Here, I just want to extrapolate a bit, and as I write, I’ll begin thinking of some solutions to this challenge. I am happy, fulfilled and highly satisfied. I admit, I  don’t have many problems. I am lucky,  but one thing that I lack is that ride or die friend. Many people know me on a superficial sort of way. Don’t get me wrong, I am truly thankful for the people in my life, but for some I want  to connect in a deeper way. Kind of like when I was younger an family and friends would span the length of the front porch in chairs laughing and talking we played in our yard with our friends. It is obvious that things have changed, people are less connected in person, but feel more “connected” online. To me, connecting deeply is a key element of southern hospitality. Sometimes, when I attempt to take a friendship to a new level, I feel like I wear a scarlet letter that places me on some universal ‘stay away’ list. I am not a recluse. I do things. I don’t consider myself a bore. I do lots of things in the community.  I’m a genuinely “good” person.

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