Daughter’s Bill of Rights

Daughter's Bill of Rights

I have the right to have a Dad who is committed to what he believes and strives to understand what that means for his role in the world. I have the right to have a Dad who is in the moment and not living in his head. I have the right to have a Dad…

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A Letter to My Daughter on Mother’s Day

A Letter to My Daughter on Mother's Day

This Sunday, you will come into my bedroom and wake me up with a card and a gift and a bright and shiny “Happy Mother’s Day!!!” And my heart will explode. It does that every year…and almost every day. I still can’t believe that my name is actually “mom.” For years my eyes would burn…

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33 Simple Ways to Live an Extraordinary Life

33 Ways to Live an Extraordinary Life

Listen to music when you are happy. Listen to music when you are sad. Listen to music when you are angry. Listen to music when you are grateful. Always say I love you when you mean it. Never say it when you don’t. Spend money on experiences rather than things. Memories last forever. Sleep with the…

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How to Fight Your Lizard Brain

How to Fight Your Lizard Brain

When I wake up in the morning, my goal is always to have the best day possible. I want to tackle my to-do list, be kind to everyone I meet and be a productive member of society. I fail every day. And that’s ok. In school, you are rated on a scale every day so…

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What it Means to Love

What it Means to Love

Love. It’s a word that is used in a number of ways. I love ice cream. I love grandma. Same word. Very different meanings. There are many things and people that you will come to love throughout your lifetime. Some you will love simply, like the feel of warm breeze coming off the ocean. Others…

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A Love Letter to My Daughter

A Love Letter to My Daughter

My Remarkable Girl, It’s taken me years to write you this letter. It’s long overdue. Many times I’ve tried to put my feelings into words, and many times I’ve failed. In the simplest of terms, I love you, but there is nothing simple about my feelings. I apologize in advance for the flimsiness of my words.…

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9 Ways to Help Others Shine

9 Ways to Make Someone Shine

The life stage that we perform on is not a one-woman show. We all have parts to play and the better we support each other, the better life will be for everyone. There is an unlimited amount of joy that can be spread around. Lifting one person up, doesn’t bring another one down. Here are…

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Why We Have a Sleepover Every Friday Night

Sleepover Night

Around the holidays, people tend to talk about the importance of traditions. Traditions bring families together and create a sense of stability and comfort. But the best traditions are the little ones that we drop into everyday life. In our home, every Friday night is night is Sleepover Night. We pull our blankets off of…

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Don’t Touch the Hotel Remote

Don't Touch the Hotel Remote

When traveling, it’s nice to curl up in bed at the end of a long day and unwind while watching some television. But I never, ever, ever touch the remote. Ever. Studies have shown that the remote control is the dirtiest thing in the room and includes all kinds of bacteria since many people will…

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I Will Always Carry You

I Will Always Carry You

You were very tired this morning when I lifted you out of bed and carried you downstairs. As the weight of your growing body pressed down on my arms, I knew in my head that I wouldn’t be able to carry you much longer. But I knew in my heart that I will carry you forever.…

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