• Who Am I

    Wine & My Story

    Every bottle of wine has its own story. It starts with what grape is chosen and where that vine is planted. After that it’s the soil composition, how that came to be, and how it affects the vine and grapes themselves. Another large piece of the story is the climate from season to season and year to year. The vines have to adapt and do their best. That may mean they flourish some seasons and perish in others. The next piece of the story is crafted by the winemaker. When they choose to harvest. How they chose to harvest. The decisions they make about the fermentation and aging processes. Part…

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    Ideal Life – Buzzfeed Quiz

    This is a fun quiz. Because it’s warm out. The sun is peeking through the cloud cover. It’s Wednesday. AND it’s the day of x’s and o’s. So I took a BuzzFeed Quiz. You can be honest, I’m really not alone in my playful addiction to these. At any rate – this one was “Build Your Ideal Life And We’ll Give You a Much Needed Compliment”.  Go here Every time I take these I am always toying with the back-and-forth doubt of “Am I being honest?” “Is that really the answer I want?” “Well. I mean none, but this is the best or closest.” In this case, most questions were answerable…

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    Ups & Downs

    I’m going to go back to a moment I had meditating this morning. On my mind this morning were the ups and downs of life. We all experience them and know them well. They are truly inevitable. As I continued to pull myself back to my breath when my mind would wander I was able to see a strong parallel between my thoughts and what happens to my body as I focused on deep breathing. With each deep breath my chest would rise to nearly full capacity and then it would slowly deflate to empty. Up and down. The more I let my mind sit comfortably with my worlds meeting…

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    Progress. Not perfection.

    The funny thing about depression is it shows its ugly head – wait. It’s not ugly, that isn’t fair. Let me start over… The funny thing about depression is that it shows up when you don’t see it coming and without needing a reason. And it’s usually the unexpected visits that rock you the hardest. I take pride in taking care of myself. Mainly because I know what’s on the other side. I list what I’m grateful for every night before I go to bed (ask anyone who hangs around me – if I’m out and about with friends at bedtime I alert them all my when my phone dings.…

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    Refuse to play small. Dare to dream big.

    So many of us have been raised to constantly assess risk, and run the other way at the smallest amount detected. We have been repeatedly warned about dreaming TOO big and warned against making decisions based solely on gut feelings. The safe and “responsible” way to live life is to finish school, get a job (don’t bother applying for those you are not fully qualified for, but take what is given to you and is with a stable company), buy a moderate house that needs work so you can build equity, don’t drown your children in gifts because that will teach them to be material in nature. Don’t overspend. Vacations…

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    Whites Only

      There is a lot of mental stress that comes from being biracial and growing up in a predominately white town; most of it was not something I was able to name or recognize until recently. There is so much unspoken, but thick, pressure to be respectable. To fit in a box and play a part. And it wasn’t just my town. The issue I am highlighting followed me to college and in my career. The main theme was predominantly white spaces. I think sometimes “we” think that if people are smiling and inviting us to social events, we are equal. We fall into the whole facade of “I don’t…

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    I’m Jumping…Leaping actually.

    In the back of my mind I have always contemplated the idea of starting a blog. In the beginning, two things held me back – fear and the belief that I had ‘too much’ to say. In my head, blogs were supposed to fit in neat little categories – lifestyle, fitness, holistic health, motherhood, politics, etc. I found myself stuck on the self-doubting believe that I had no business creating a blog that touched every topic imaginable. I’m not exactly an expert at anything. I’m just a lover of life. And I want to share life with those around me. Even the bad parts – just maybe not right in…

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