Praying :: With the Faith of a Mustard Seed

The entire book of Matthew is how one should strive to live their life; and often times, I refer back to “the Sermon on the Mount” and all of the parables as a reflection of how I should acknowledge difficult situations in my life. It teaches us to love, inspires us to show respect to our enemies, treating them like neighbors, and to simply have faith, just to name a few.

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Parenting 101 :: Turning a Fail into a Win

Parenting is hard, and if you argue that there is a more difficult job, you’d lose. You have a small human life in your hands. Not only do you have to keep them alive, and fed, the ultimate goal is to make sure they grow up kind and decent, with an ounce of common sense. Ok, I’ll admit being a teacher with 20 children, that aren’t from your own loins, is a harder career. I praise you, teachers.

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The Wildflowers of Life :: New Beginnings.

Sometimes, motivation is found in a new name. Dear Ally, the name that held my most valued thoughts was dear, to me, Alicia. However, this life is not about me. And this life is not about you. It is about the connections we make, the experiences we endure, and living our fullest life amongst the wildflowers.

“Like wildflowers, you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would.”

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Dinner :: Stuffed Chicken :: Truffle Goat Cheese

Is it the “greatest of all time” sin to wear a goat shirt while preparing goat cheese stuffed chicken? Because if so, please forgive me. For some, the robust aroma and earthy tang of chËvres is overwhelming, but the creamy crumble, mixed with fresh herbs, and stuffed into a chicken breast makes my mouth water.

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Hope + Plants :: Finding Your Green Thumb

Like plants, talent comes in all shapes and sizes, and though I would like to pretend I can keep plants alive, I am constantly drawn to pretty fake ones that don’t require nurturing. With that being said, I want to learn; I want to find my slightly lime green thumb to confirm, to myself, that I am capable of keeping something other than my child alive. Or chives, they lasted a month or so.

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Read + Drink :: The Best of Book Club

“The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading.” – David Bailey

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I have officially concluded my first year leading a book club and I can’t articulate the feelings that were experienced. But if I tried, it would be joy, growth, and calm {even in a room filled with loquacious ladies}. Reading is essential to a well-rounded livelihood and I say this as a person who doesn’t love to read. I am aware of the importance, therefore, it made sense to make my surroundings match my personal livelihood when it came to reading. Herein lies the reason I started a book club; read, greet, meet, drink, and be merry.

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Misfortune + Heartbreak :: Walk in Your Shoes

In the haze of heartbreak and in the midst of misfortune, let yourself mourn yesterday, breathe today, and become stronger as the days follow. Or, buy yourself some new shoes.

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