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Coming Alive

“If you can’t do something right, then don’t do it at all.”  Ouch.  This little “old school” saying, often repeated to me by my Daddy, was the basis for my success and my burnout. Growing up on James Island, I watched my Daddy become…

January 11, 2017
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Kitchen Christening

I am a collector of cookbooks, recipes torn from the pages of the Post & Courier, handwritten instructions from Momma on how to cook certain things, years and years of Bon Appetite magazine ~ pages dogeared… just in case I might cook one day.…

January 4, 2017
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Your Big, Best Life.

How do we know if we are living a big life? A life of fulfillment, a life of purpose, a life that makes a difference.  Our very best life. Many years ago, a longtime friend of mine was mourning her good friend who had…

October 6, 2016
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My Happy Place

I was giving a friend a tour of the house recently and she commented, “you sure do have a lot of spaces just to sit and relax”.  I had never thought of it that way and while it does appear to be indulgent, why…

September 22, 2016
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Not So DIY

No.  This is not a picture of my DIY project. But it is a story about listening to your talented, artistic friends when they say they can help you with your DIY project.  But let me start at the beginning. I met my now…

August 17, 2016
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Going for Bold

This post was originally published in skirt! magazine’s online blog. Thanks to skirt! for the opportunity and partnership with the Charleston Blog Society! Any boldness in me comes from my momma. She didn’t let anything hold her back. She was feisty, kind, caring and…

August 10, 2016
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First Party!

After months of renovation and weeks of packing and unpacking, I knew the best way to bring the pretty back into the house was to plan a party. So, that’s exactly what I did. Almost 3 months from our move in date, I hosted a…

August 3, 2016
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Look. Listen. Love.

“This has been a difficult week”. That was how my yoga instructor started class. And instantly tears started streaming down my face.  Baton Rouge, St. Paul, Dallas, Nice…and now Baton Rouge again.  All in one week, just over a year since it happened in…

July 17, 2016
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Little Treasures

I am sentimental.  I like old things. I especially like old things that have been in the family. Sometimes they are antiques, and sometimes they are just old. And I still delight in finding little treasures, hidden in a cigar box, or a plastic…

June 22, 2016
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Recovering….

Recovering….in more ways than one. The renovation takes a toll on you. You are making hundreds of decisions – it feels like by the hour – and then your only job is to unpack boxes. Since the move into the house, we have taken it…

June 15, 2016