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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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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Cultivating A Winning Attitude

On September 3rd, I went to my first Virginia Tech Football game ever. I was so excited to experience this for the first time. Not to mention, we won! This was the icing on the cake for a wonderful experience. While I was at the university, I was always involved in some other activity and never took the time to go! Boy do, I regret that a little. However, I am glad that I had the opportunity to attend. I will not let years pass before attending another!

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Ten Habits of Highly Broke People

I constantly see articles about traits of highly effective millionaires, but rarely do I see article addressing the actual habits of the very people that need the help. It is easy to dangle the carrot in front of the rabbit. But it is much harder to teach the rabbit the tools to dig it up.

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Humpday Wednesday Motivation

In reflecting about  my life, my  family, my friends, everything that could have gone wrong, did go wrong. Everything that could go right, did. Nothing more, nothing less. I am thankful for life. Thankful for love. Thankful for peace. Everything has worked effectively to bring me to this moment of reflection and gratitude for life. I know my identity–not trying to create a new one, but I continue to grow and learn in authenticity–remembering not to make it harder than it needs to be for the sake of money, status, power, and self esteem.

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