2015, actions, adolescent, advice, birthday, bully, cheerleader, dating, diet mountain dew, driving, eating disorder, exercise, friends, God, God's creation, guys, Hallmark, improv, mean girls, patience, prayer, proverb, sweet 16, taco casa, Uncategorized, write, Y2K

Advice to My Adolescent Self

It’s hard to imagine that half my live ago (literally) I was turning “Sweet 16.” I’m not sure anything was all that sweet about me, except for maybe my tooth. Just like most teenage girls, I listened to my parents but often let the advice run in one ear and out the other. Had I really listened, something might have…

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2014, Christian, church, Greek, holidays, seminary, Sorority, Uncategorized, Xmas

What Xmas Really Means

We’ve all heard the protests against any company, person or publication that uses the forbidden “Xmas.” Everyone assumes they intentionally take Christ out of Christmas, and so did I for most of my life. As a young girl, I remember my mom having a shirt that read, “Without Christ, Christmas is just a mess.” Then as a young adult, I…

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The Skinny on Being Skinny

For the first time in my life I was happy to hear, “You’re not skinny.” It was in no means an indication that I am what most people consider the opposite of skinny—”fat” but rather what my workout buddies and I consider the opposite of skinny—”fit.” In fact, the compliment was given after someone brought up a quote that “Nothing…

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Thanksgiving: The Unsung Holiday

I know it’s only the first week of November, but I have already been itching to put up my Christmas tree. In fact, when I lived by myself I would sometimes put it up in October. My husband always thinks I leave it up too long and asked me to please wait until after Thanksgiving this year. The excuse he…

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Wedding Season is Officially Over

In the South, and especially in Alabama, we only have two true seasons: Football Season and Wedding Season. That is because the weather is generally mild enough to have a wedding any time of the year, indoors or out, but nobody wants to compete with a college football game. (Unless you don’t want a lot of people at your ceremony, in…

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Decoding the Covered Dish

Growing up an Alabamian, I have forever been intreged by the Covered Dish. Needless to say they show up so often that if anyone had a patent on them, he or she would be rolling in the dough! (Pun intended.)There is a wonderful scene in the movie Life as We Know It that stars Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel who are godparents to…

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Welcome to My New Blog

Hello readers! Whether you follow my other blog, know me from publications, are a personal friend, or once stalked me on Facebook, welcome to my new blog! Last night I had a conversation with my sister that sparked the idea to start this blog, partly as a way of venting daily difficulties or just to maybe help other G.R.I.T.S. who don’t…

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