How Instagram Opened My Eyes and Saved My Life

I constantly read about the negative impacts caused by social media, and I have a feeling you do, too.  It causes depression.  It's fake.  People are buying their followers.  There's an ongoing movement for people to give social media the finger.

But I'm not riding that train, and this blog post is not about that.  Today I am focusing on why I love Instagram, and how I credit the platform for being one of the most profound and beneficial influencers of my life.

Long ago, I was sitting in a cold dark office (literally it had no windows, and would blow cold air from the vent). 

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Is Pursuing the Life you Dream of Irresponsible?


I wrote this post up a couple weeks ago, but never got to editing and publishing it.  Mom life kind of happened, as it always does, and then Hurricane Irma was looming in the distance.  We had a few days of preparation, worry, and sugar binging from stress.  Luckily, Northwest Florida escaped Irma's wrath with just tropical storm conditions, and a strong northern wind. While we were super fortunate, parts of Florida were not.  I am researching how I can best contribute to helping those who were hit hard by Irma (and Harvey!), and will soon share more details.  Thank you for all the love and prayers.  We are so grateful to have all of you.

And now for the post I've been meaning to post...

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Why Minimalism?

Why not minimalism?  Just kidding.

As my personal and professional life have drifted towards minimalism I often get weird perplexing looks from people, as well as the frequent, "why on earth would you want to live that way?" questions about my lifestyle choices.

Let me take you back.  Years ago, I had a lot of stuff.  If you don't believe me, you can ask my husband.  

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Surfin 30A

I've felt a calling to surf ever since I was a kid.  My father and uncles were big time surfers in the 60s and 70s.  My dad went on to wind surfing, and then took up waterskiing when we moved up to the mountains.  So I grew up on skis, which is so awesome in itself, but I think that itch to surf is somewhere embedded in my DNA.  I'm drawn to the surf lifestyle, and feel deeply connected to the ocean, glassy waves, and all things beach.

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Minimalism for Your Best Work

If you've been following me for awhile you may have picked up that I've been under some stress.  I was really open and honest about it a few weeks ago... to the point where concerned family and friends reached out!  We are totally fine you guys, but thank you for the outpouring of LOVE.  How lucky am I?

I go through phases like this before hitting periods of growth.  I think it's a natural progression for most of us.

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Truths, Stress, and Being Real AF

Happy Saturday everyone!

What are you up to this weekend?  We went out for pizza and pineapple cider (so good!) at Whole Foods last night.  We tend to go there a lot because little Bodie is a really picky eater, and I know there are some things he will eat there.  Nothing worse than going out to dinner with a toddler who refuses to eat and is bored.  I won't even go there!

Anyhoo.... This is a follow up to the last blog post that I wrote about stressful times.  Pour yourself a cup of coffee and read along

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