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pie, local, black business, support local

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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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inspiration, pain, mental health

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

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“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 […]

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teachers, why teachers matter, school teachers, students, classroom

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Teachers – I love you guys!!!!  That is how I would like to start this very important blog post.  This post is about you guys, but I will just share a little background about why I am showing you all some extra love.  My mom was a high school math teacher, more specifically, MY high […]

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hustle, engaged, engagement, hard-working

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You hear it and read it everywhere:  hustle. You have to hustle.   ——– I realized earlier this month that the definition I had in my mind of “hustle” was incredibly narrow.  When this word came to my mind, I started seeing images of people up late into the night, grinding out some last-minute work for […]

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love, spread light, volunteering, giving back, do good, be the change, homebody, give grace, live love, love in action

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It was how inspo&grace started.  I felt like I needed to do everything to make my community and this world a better place, and yet knew I simply could not do it all.     “You cannot do it all.”  This is a line I have to remind myself every single day, and that probably does […]

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wedding, marriage, scottsdale, faith, bible church, desert wedding, bride, groom

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Instagram makes unicorns.  Let me explain! I used to scroll through instagram and see the following in a matter of 30 seconds:  a traveler posting pictures from the top of Machu Picchu, an old friend who just graduated from medical school, an adorable couple who has been together since high school, a super fit gal […]

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family, love, faith, grace, inspiration, family over everything, selfless, inspiring

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I stared at a picture of my side of the family recently, and had a moment of remembering just how lucky we are to have each other.  It is all too easy for me to know that we are not guaranteed a single day longer than what we have. Just a few years ago, the […]

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inspiration and grace

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  Chicken Soup for the Soul was one of my favorite books to read in my younger years.  The stories were short, some stories were heart-warming and some were heart-wrenching.  But they gave a glimpse into some of the most profound moments of people’s lives. They were ordinary people with extraordinary stories.  If you read […]

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I grew up in a smaller, midwestern town.  I loved my childhood and I loved the simplicity growing up there.  I learned to find so much joy in the small things, and never longed for a “fancy” life or fancy things.  That girl is still alive and well, and I still have no desire to […]