005 – Song of Homecoming

Chris Lee and I met as young professionals, both very early on in our careers. You may wonder what a CPA has to do with music, but he’s here to change your mind. We dive into band instruments, competitive dancing, Beck, and a defining moment that turned into a Homecoming.

Beginning of the End

Someone recently said that fall is the start to a 3-month exit. My birthday falls around Thanksgiving so I tend to not think of it as an end, but as a beginning for a new season, a new year, new lessons, new opportunities. But it is an end, isn’t it? Even the colors I marvel at — the yellows and browns on the crunchy, fallen leaves — that’s death in nature; an exhale to green life well-lived.

Little Lucky

One of the things about social media is that there’s always some sort of bandwagon on which to jump, some hashtag to follow, some challenge in which to participate. For the second year in a row, I’ve proudly declared myself a participant of #The100Day Project. (Between this and reading 100 Days to Brave, it’s like…

Internal v. External

Aren’t personality types fascinating? I have always thought so. Even my favorite sleepover activities as a kid included pouring over magazines and taking quizzes for hours on end. It’s no surprise that as the Enneagram recently gained popularity in my corner of the world, that I would go all in with it, too. I am an…

‘Tis the Season

Shout-out to diet culture for an excellent marketing strategy. It’s the holidays! Celebrate! Oh, but not TOO much celebrating. See, now you’ve overdone it. But you’re in luck! We have programs that will fix you – half off if you join today! Brace yourselves. We’ll be bombarded for the next two months with anti-us messaging….

Revisiting the Butterflies

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my encounter with the yellow butterflies. I waxed poetic about metamorphosis and dreamed of the day I’d break from my cocoon and take flight. And then I met CJ. CJ Casciotta is a Nashville-based author who spoke at a creative conference I recently attended. He challenged my…

A Light at the End of the Cocoon

It all started at a gift shop in the Lowcountry. A dear friend who was caring for our fur-child in my absence sent me several photos, letting me know she was doing just fine. I proudly showed off their grandcat to my parents. “What’s that?” my Dad asked pointing to my friend’s tattoo. The word…

Goodbye Fear

A few weeks ago, my mom texted me this photo with a simple caption, “OMG.” “Do I need to listen to this?” I asked. She immediately responded, “YES.” At the time, her music video was all I could find. With a voice reminiscent of Sara Bareilles, I was already sold, but then I saw images…

Heavy Reactions

I recently read a heartbreaking story of a mother who simultaneously dealt with issues of her weight and her son’s fatal cancer. While pregnant with her second child and sitting with her eldest in the hospital, she realized she hadn’t eaten in three days. The nurses convinced her to have a bowl of mac and…