The 12th Anniversary of One of My Biggest S.O. What!'s

Tonight I'm grateful because it is what would have been my 12th wedding anniversary. And I'm not sad about what could have been or what at one time I thought should have been. On June 9, 2007 I got married with doubts. There was love, but…
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4 Reasons to Ensure Saying "Happy Mother's Day" Helps Not Hurts

Mothers wipe tears, kiss wounds, and calm fears. Mothers love the most, understand the most, give the most, sacrifice the most, deal with the most, and hurt the most. Mothers are imperfect, selfless, and forever hold their children in their…
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5 Things You Must Do To Make Your Dreams Reality

The thing about dreams is that we all have them. Some big and some small. Sometimes they start big, get small, or even go away.  Sometimes we stop dreaming completely or give up on our dreams. Sometimes we keep dreaming. And dreaming. And…
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If I Live to See 97...

"Summer, can you brang me my earrings?" For two weeks I had the privilege of having my grandmother stay with me. She hadn't made the ride to Memphis to stay with me in nearly four years, but this time on my visit to see her she finally said…
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5 Actions to Take to Guarantee Success No Matter What College You Attend

I vividly remember the look of disappointment on my former vice president's face when I ran into him about five years after I'd last seen him. Our sons were the same age, and he asked me how mine was doing and I asked him the same question.…
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What Opportunities Are You Missing Because You Aren't Asking?

I was recently talking to a friend I have known for almost 20 years. She shared with me how her son's ex-girlfriend who she had not talked to since her son dated her at least five years ago. However, she was honored that she had simply called…
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5 Kids' First Flights and Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

​It's Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday! As a 17 year-old high school student moving to Memphis, TN for college, I had no idea that Memphis would be my home for at least the next 20 years. And ignorantly, I didn't know the depth of…
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Contently Walking Into Church- Single on the First Sunday of 2019

As I walked into church with my friend Bilicia today- the first Sunday of the new year- I reflected on all the different ways I had walked into church (and when I didn't) over my life. When I was a little girl, my best friend Shauna always…
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5 Lessons I (Re)Learned in 2018

In less than a week we will say goodbye to 2018 forever. But we say hello to 2019- a new year and another chance. As I reflect on the past year, I think about the roller coaster of emotions I felt (as I do every year). I think about some…