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Rewriting Your Sex Story

His eyes were as dark as night. That should’ve been my sign to run the other direction–the windows to his soul shut tight, forbidding the light to shine in or out–but instead, I ran straight toward this long-time bachelor with my arms (and legs) wide open and my eyes wide shut.  This wasn’t my first…

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Karousing in the Florida Keys

I love Key West. But for me, it’s not just about drinking on Duval Street. (Although, drinking is an undeniable pastime in the Conch Republic.) My husband and I have been karousing in Key West for years and have enjoyed fishing, lobstering, and yes, drinking there. Key West is chock full of interesting history and…

The 555 ~ My Handy Formula For Instant Happiness

If you’re like me, every once in a while you slip into a random bad mood. One of those you know better kind of funks that leaves you complaining about nothing to anyone who will listen. How do you get out of it? How do you find instant happiness? After a recent trip to Lululemon,…

Our Founding Fathers ~ What a Bunch of Crazy Guys Taught Me

Once upon a time, a guy wrote a book about a crazy idea. This book was so popular that to this day, it is the best selling, most circulated book in American history. Before writing the book, the man had failed at many business endeavors. But with this book, he had found his calling. He…

Why Puppies Are Better Than Babies

I’m exhausted and I have dirty hair. I got a new puppy last weekend and life as I knew it has gone up in smoke. I’ve spent the last seven days following her around, cleaning up messes, and entertaining guests who have flooded through the door oohing and awwing over how cute she is. And…

When You’re No Longer the Youngest Person In the Room

When I was five years old, my mom was convinced that I was gifted. I’m sure I added to this crazy idea by being her only child who ran around the house wearing a superhero cape and quoting lines that I memorized from the books she read me. Gifted? I don’t think so. A free…

What to Pack for Sailing the Islands

4 islands…6 friends…12 days I’m getting ready for my summer sailing trip. My husband and I will fly St. Martin, where we will charter a sailboat from the Moorings. With four friends, we’ll sail the clear blue water around St. Martin, Anguilla, St. Bart’s, and Saba. Living on a sailboat for over a week is…

More Compliments. More Happy.

We all go out into the world every day and engage with people by using their services and buying their stuff. We’ve been conditioned to believe that as customers, we’re always right and that we should get everything exactly as we want it. And after all our demands are met, we’re often out the door with…

No Pressure No Diamonds

Sometimes life sucks. And don’t we all have a story, or two, or ten, about just how bad it sucks? I’m here to tell you that it can suck for everyone. For some more than others. But if you lean in, I’ll tell you a secret that it took me decades to learn…the more it…

5 Ways Not Feel Meh

I bought an UP band a couple of months ago. This is a fun little gadget that I wear on my wrist. It tracks my activity level, calories, sleep pattern, and mood. I consider myself to be a positive person. Optimistic. Seeing the bright side. I was surprised, however, when my UP band app asked…

When Do Miracles Happen?

If you’re like me, from time to time you stop and wonder if life is going to miraculously give you what you want. Don’t we all spend time wishing for the perfect job, the perfect mate, the perfect house? Often, all that wanting leaves us stuck. We get frustrated and don’t take steps forward toward…

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