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The Blackwell Boutique

When I wrote last week about the “best laid plans,” I didn’t realize what a week I was in for.  Hours after publishing my post, my grandma passed away- and all those plans from this week turned on their head.  Of … Continue reading

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Fight the Good Fight

Last week, we talked about learning flexibility as a means to resilience and fighting against burn out.  This week, we take that flexibility one step further, from learning flexibility with our plans, and apply flexibility to our perspective. It’s easy … Continue reading

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Of Mice & (Wo)men

“Even the best laid plans of mice and men/ oft go awry.”  – John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men, 1937 Anyone else have a tough week coming up?? The way this week is scheduled, I feel trepidation similar to what … Continue reading

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My MIA Fairy Godmother

I have always been the type to make a New Year’s Resolution.  They have ranged from weight loss and cooking better food to spiritual/personal/career goals.  When the clock strikes midnight, I start my resolution, which I hope will make me … Continue reading

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Christmas Treasures

Good morning!  I’m up early, with a few moments to myself before the craziness of Christmas takes on a life of its own. Yesterday, my oldest son and I baked all manner of things, some of which I will spotlight … Continue reading

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The Best Gifts to Give

First: My blog is getting a little facelift…and we’ve got some cool things we are looking forward to in 2018.  In the meantime, growth is messy, so please excuse our mess.  Thank you for understanding! Second: A short piece of … Continue reading

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Better Not Pout

Recently, while allowing myself a rare hair appointment, I read an article about the many traits and habits of highly successful individuals.  One of the most common traits is resilience- something that is, I believe, a learned response to adversity.  … Continue reading

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Finding Joy In this Season

The holiday season is upon us, and though it is touted as the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” it can become a time of elevated expectations, stress, and strife.  The lines are clogged at the malls and grocery stores, … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Cheesecake

Ready to add something back to your life that gives you joy?  Me too.  I’ve missed baking! I have been doing a low-carb diet recently, so I made a low-carb cheesecake for Thanksgiving.  Pumpkin cheesecake is one of my favorite … Continue reading

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Changing the Mindset

“True self-care is not salt baths and chocolate cake, it is making the choice to not build a life you don’t need to regularly escape from.” -an excerpt from this article about true self-care. Now, you might be hard-pressed to find someone … Continue reading

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