woman at a crossroads divorce gift

Dreams Those of you that know me well know that I am a master dreamer.  Most of the time, for me those dreams go hand in hand with a variety of goal lists. ooh, how much I love to dream. I rarely have two days that are the same, so it’s essential for me to…

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Noelle at womens march 2017

This is the era of speaking up, using our voices. Standing up for one another, speaking out against wrongs we see. It’s an empowering time to be a woman. After the marching signs are put away and the phone put on silent… I get into bed and it’s just me in my head and the…

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  I was talking with a friend a few weeks ago.  She was sharing how she had quit smoking earlier this year, slowly she’s started to reward herself with pampering and self care. She’s been putting the money that previously went towards cigarettes, instead towards massages, clothing and fabulous hair.  I was so proud of…

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My whole life I’ve been taught (or just assumed) that we must force things, head down, grinding it out to make things happen. While that is true at times, what if things don’t have to be hard to mean they are worthwhile? I’ve always had an underlying feeling like fun had to be earned. Especially…

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As a small business owner I have gone to all sorts of extremes to be able to wake up each day and pursue my dream of being an artist while also being at home raising my kids.  There have been times where money has flowed almost effortlessly (after a bazillion hours behind the scenes sweating…

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  I have a confession to make. I have been experiencing something. It’s snuck up slowly. I’ve tried to deny it, rename it, question it. But friends, I believe it’s called Contentment. After years of believing that I always have to be moving forward, growing, taking on more and more.  I’ve reached a place where…

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I was in conversation a few weeks ago with a close friend and we were talking about bills. I mentioned how hard we were focusing on paying bills because we were close to getting out of debt and only having our home left to pay.  “Wow, you’re lucky.  Must be nice.” That was her reply.  That stuck with me……

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extreme ways to save money

So hopefully you’ve read my other post here talking about why and the general how we got out of debt.  Let me be clear that when I say out of debt, I am referring to all debt other than our house.  Our house is a little further down the list but we wanted to take…

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equine art horses running family of horses

I am in awe sometimes of the moments in life I get to be a part of. This new painting was so special to me. It’s a larger piece, 6ft wide and 3 feet tall. It features 7 clydesdales and is full of meaning.   I’ve created a video to show the the story and…

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I have decided that I really want to spend more time outdoors this year.  Relaxing, inspired, bug free time.  So I put it on our budget for this spring to find a gazebo tent with screened sides. As we searched every online site we could, we ended up finding one that was clearanced out for…

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