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    Health|Nutrition|Fitness

    After posting my last post on Facebook I received numerous messages asking me about my fitness routine. I even had some ask about my skincare routine so I thought I would include all of the information here. First of all, my skin is not perfect and it definitely has it’s challenges. I do love skincare products but tend to be brand loyal so I stick with my Clinique and Neutrogena since I’ve worked for both companies. My Grandmother aged so gracefully and used Clinique her whole life. I love that the line was designed by dermatologists! I just received my first microdermabrasion treatment and boy, did I not know what…

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    Heart Health

    ” Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” Pro 4:23 It’s heart health month and I attended a talk on the advances in cardiology today on my day off. My grandfather died from an aortic aneurysm and I used to call on cardiologists so I’ve been a little more cautious about heart disease and have taken precautions to help prevent it myself. I cut out meat a few years ago because some of my cardiologists were doing it for their patients, and my father had been through a stem cell transplant. Thank God for medicine and technology. Who better to hear heart health…

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    God is love

    ” Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.”(1 John 4:8 and 4:16b) The power of God’s love amazes me. Daily, I witness sick patients in the waiting rooms, some fighting for their lives. I interact with medical staff that cares for them – thank you for what you do! I experience this incredible journey called Motherhood. Right now I am raising a teenager and boy does she get frustrated with me. It would definitely be easy to get frustrated back and sometimes I do, but I also choose to understand…

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    Forgiveness

    Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34 Life is a beautiful journey and some chapters keep you in tears. We all wake up daily knowing we will have to make decisions throughout our day that will affect our lives and the lives of those we come in contact with forever. Sometimes we look back and realize we didn’t always make the best choices. We have to let it go. Forgiveness is one of the hardest life lessons I have had to learn, but the most freeing. “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about” – Anonymous We need to ask…

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    Saying Goodbye to October Sky

    “There’s something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” – Winston Churchill I listened to a podcast on perseverance recently and how perseverance feeds hope and hope feeds perseverance – cyclic. Hope feels Faith sees Love never fails This has been a very tough week for my girl. We will be saying goodbye to October Sky. You see she’s been training this baby for the last three years and I can’t tell you just how proud of her I am. Her tenacity is unlike any other. My girl does not give up! Her perseverance reminds me of my Dad when he was…

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    Personal Growth

    God is so good! I’ve been taking a lot of time for myself to self reflect and focus on personal growth lately, especially in my relationship with Him, myself and my daughter – the greatest gift HE ever gave me. I woke up early yesterday morning in the Outer Banks, while visiting my mom, and eagerly woke my daughter so we could watch the sunrise together. It warmed my heart when she got excited to go with me when I expecting her teenage self to tell me to leave her alone, and that it was too early. I was so excited! Some of my fondest memories from my childhood are…

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    Love.Support.GotBack

    I’ve been taking a lot of time for myself lately to grow as I am sure many folks do when they are going through a divorce. I’m posting a TED talk that I came across because it is really good. Having each others’ backs as a couple is the absolute most important thing you can do to support one other, at least that’s the advice in the talk that really resonated with me. “At the end of the day, all you really need is someone who loves you and always has your back”. – Anonymous

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    Strength-Courage-Truth

    “Own your life, write your own story and live your own legacy.” – Maria Shriver Live your legacy. To me that means owning your story – your truth. This takes courage and requires one to be vulnerable. Vulnerability is something that I thought I understood and something I thought I lived. For me vulnerability takes practice. I do believe when we get really good at being vulnerable we become whole because it is then that we accept our truth, which can be the hardest thing to do! Blogging has allowed me to work through this process. Ambitious – yes, driven – hell yes, exhausted from trying to please everyone – you have…

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    Good Old Days

    Growing up I spent most of my summers in Roanoke, VA with my grandparents. Papa was a Southern Baptist Minister and Granny, well, she taught high school cosmetology. I like to claim my independence from her. She was an independent woman before her time. She also owned her own beauty salon so she was a business owner. My sister and I did much of our traveling with her. She loved exploring new places with us. We would also travel to Florida to visit my Aunt Estelle. Talk about a sassy lady… she had my Uncle Keith driver her everywhere because she didn’t want to learn how to drive. I laugh…