hard things & lessons.

It has been a FULL week…and I mean full as in so many things, not full as in seven simple days. I feel like I have finally caught my breath. And then I read this article and was finally able to exhale. Last week, Dan & I showed up & stood for ourselves, our relationship, and our family. It wasn't…

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on doing the work.

"Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power…

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disney : may 2016

We spent last week in Florida with the Littles…kicking off the week with a day at Disney. We intentionally kept our first foray limited to one park (Magic Kingdom) and one full day (we arrived at 9am and literally carried them out at 10pm).  Those that know me know that Disney really isn't my thing. I've been to Disneyland a few…

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this is forty-five.

I turned forty-five yesterday (THANK YOU for all the kind birthday wishes!!). I'll admit that while not a typical milestone birthday, this number feels weighty. The past couple of months have been an absolute blur, but I've had the number bouncing in my head quite a bit. Since that usually means that I need to do some reflection, I'm taking…

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september things.

September started with a flurry of activity that left me a bit breathless. I'm still looking for Austin's car when I pull into the parking garage, and adjusting to the sometimes kid-free nest. Yesterday was really our first day without work, travel, or kids (of any age) in quite some time. To be honest? It was a bit unsettling for…

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my summer capsule wardrobe.

As the back-to-school ads start popping up, I'm thinking about my fall capsule wardrobe…and realizing that I never shared my summer capsule wardrobe. I'm still really loving the minimalist concept, and definitely plan to continue it. My summer capsule wardrobe was a tiny bit haphazard, but generally followed the same colorway – denim, grey, blues, black.  The basics -  Black…

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celebrating endings & beginnings.

 Austin graduated on Saturday – with cum laude distinction (the white tassles) and as a member of the National Honor Society (the yellow sash). This kid is going to do great things.  Kindness & grace for the win. These boys have grown up together. The friendship, support, and kindness that they've practiced have laid the foundation for bonds that will…

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spring has not yet sprung.

Our weather forecasts swings wildly at this time of year – highs in the 50s (when we're lucky), lows in the teens (when we're not so lucky). I'm pretty sure that we say this every year, but….this winter has felt longer and colder than most. I'm craving walks outside, open windows, and flip-flops.  I'm also looking forward to getting back…

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let’s do this.

A glimpse of our new 'hood… Move over Burlington, Winooski has arrived. DWTN Winooski Winooski Falls.  

the only way out is through.

We're in the eye of the moving storm right now. Yes, I've moved a gazillion times. Yes, I have muscle-bound guys (I'm assuming) coming to move furniture on Tuesday. Yes, I have some flexibility in time b/c I'm both an owner AND a renter for almost a week. But… this is hard work. I'm anxious to be settled again, and…

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green things.

I readily admit that I do not have a green thumb. Yes, I am the daughter of an avid gardener…but that is one of the many talents that I did not inherit. My wish list for our new light-filled apartment includes a hefty amount of houseplants. First on my list is a fiddle leaf fig. I know…I'm a couple of…

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change is in the air.

It was a whirlwind week.  We put the house back on the market on Friday the 6th. We were under contract by Wednesday the 11th.  Like, woah. I think that I spent most of the week in shock. I have wanted this for so long. We're now in the waiting & planning stage. The inspection is scheduled. We put a…

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if I were actually blogging….

I find that the longer I'm "away" from the blog, the harder it is to return. That has to be some kind of first world problem, right? If I was blogging with any regular cadence, here's what I'd likely be writing about… Selling my house. We went back on the market last Friday with newly painted stairs & walls, newly staged…

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but first….coffee.

 *photo note below I always know when I've neglected this space b/c I get an email from someone who gave birth to me…a virtual nudge as if to say "hey, are you still alive?" I know the technique well, b/c I sometimes employ it with someone that I gave birth to.  I am, indeed, alive. I thought that life might…

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craving white space.

January is all about clean slates, fresh starts, new lists. I'm craving white space right now…uncluttered margins & gutters. We still have our Christmas tree up, per the request of one girl who returned to university today. I'm so ready to clean up, and create fresh new areas. We'll be prepping to go back on the market in the next…

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44 on the 4th.

A birthday confession – when I realized that I was turning 44 on the 4th, I was pretty excited. 44 is already a pretty powerful angel number, and 444 simply amplifies the positive vibe.  I had a Birth Chart Reading in late 2013, and to be honest, it was rather frustrating. Not the process of getting the reading itself –…

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dear 2015…i just need a minute.

  Maybe it's b/c I didn't take this week off. Maybe it's b/c NYE fell on a Wednesday. Maybe it's b/c we fell asleep at 10:45 last night, completely exhausted after a single bottle of champagne. Maybe it's b/c I'm feeling like the days are too short, the dishwasher is always full, and there are never any clean towels. Maybe…

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2014: thoughts & gratitude.

We're getting our first winter storm of the season as I type this – so our Thanksgiving will be white & cold…such is life in New England. I spent the better part of the afternoon baking (with a brief respite to tend to a Thanksgiving injury…knife vs. thumb. The knife won.). I have recipes printed & staged for tomorrow. Our…

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