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perfection, pursuit of perfection, life lessons

It started when I was a little girl.  I had an older brother who was a huge brain, doing “Odyssey of the Mind” (an innovative, engineer-like problem solving competition) in elementary school, and a sister who was such a prodigy artist that she was beating middle schoolers in art contests as a kindergartener!  And then […]

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pie, local, black business, support local

Companies who give back are my jam.  But the entire reason I started featuring companies who give back was to shed light on others who inspire me, and who I hope will inspire you!   I could not imagine doing anything OTHER than this “pivot” for August and September.  Featuring black-owned businesses.  Because THEY inspire […]

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I recently finished the book, “I am in here,” written by Elizabeth Bonker and Virginia Breen.  It was incredible!  Autism presents itself in many forms, and each human with autism is incredibly unique.  The bond between Elizabeth and her mother (also, tireless advocate) is evident in every story and every chapter of the book.  However, […]

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lens of love shirt, COVID-19, coronavirus, black lives matter, rachel hollis

2020 vision!  New decade; new start; new you!  Buh-bye, 2019!  How excited were most people for 2020?! ________________________________________________________________________ Kobe Bryant, his daughter, other beautiful children and parents, and a pilot were killed on January 26 in a helicopter crash.     What started in a Chinese market has killed over 460,000 people in the world in […]

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coffee, coffee lover, sustainable, eco-friendly, organic

I have to start this blog on this incredible local company with a confession!  I’m more of a tea gal 🙂  My Spanish “madre” when I lived abroad tried to get me to like coffee by making a delicious concoction for me every morning, and I was hooked!  Until…I realized my waistline was, well, expanding […]

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I won’t say it…OKAY I will, but just once!  I love dogs and candles. Okay now that that’s off my chest, we can get on to the point.  Featuring this company was a no-brainer. It is a company that gives back to shelter dogs with the purchases of amazing-smelling candles.  Before I ever saw the […]

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infertility, journey, TTC, pregnancy

10 months.  It was my breaking point.  I woke up with a migraine, did my usual migraine-remedy routine, and got ready for work.  I was about to head out the door for my 50+ minute commute, when I realized I should use the restroom first.  That’s when I saw it. A sight I’ve seen every […]

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inspiration, pain, mental health

Three years ago, I was shaken to my core.  I felt so sad, discouraged, helpless, hopeless, frustrated, and confused.  I was placed in a situation where I could continue feeling that way, and let it tear me down, or I could do something about it.  And the first step of the inspo&grace journey began. I […]

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The story of Elegantees blew me away.  Not because of massive success, or because of exponential growth in a short period of time, or anything of the sorts.  But rather, of Katie’s story of persistence.     Katie was an Iowan who pursued fashion in the elusive industry in New York City.  After reaching a peak […]

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mother teresa, saint, catholic, charity, nobel peace prize

“I raise up my voice-not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” ― Malala Yousafzai Wow – “…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”  That part of Malala’s statement has played over and over in my […]