Bourbon Street, French Quarter, New Orleans

New Orleans, French Quarter, Bourbon Street

Here we are in New Orleans for a work-related Public Relations Conference. It is my first time visit. I have had absolutely no desire to visit New Orleans in the past. I chalk it up to watching too many episodes of COPS back in the day. Plus, all that news coverage from Katrina didn’t help either.

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Whole Life Challenge Newb

Whole Life Challenge, September, 2014

Today I signed up for my very first Whole Life Challenge. I’ve known people who have done this challenge, who have participated in it and have gotten amazing results. Of course, me on the other hand, always balked at signing up for the fun and games. “It’s too hard!” “It’s too involved and detailed and overwhelming!” Those were my go-to excuses. Me, being lazy and complacent.

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I Think I Have A Problem

espresso, Atlanta Bread Company

My name is Carol and I am a caffeine addict. Oh, I’m also a journal addict.

This little tiny cup of heaven was taken this morning when I had an early morning meeting at Atlanta Bread Company; $2.50 worth of a double shot espresso. Yum! And yes, it was delicious. I thought the image I took was quite striking so I am sharing it here.

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Eric Carmody, CrossFit, and Me

Eric Carmody, 2013 CrossFit Games

Most people who know me know that I participate in CrossFit. I absolutely LOVE CrossFit. I started CrossFit about a year ago and no one is more surprised than me about how much I love it. I was terrified to give it a try before and even in my first Fundamentals class, when the trainer asked everyone to tell him what they expected or wanted out of CrossFit, I simply said, “I’m terrified.”
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This Week In Reading

Books, Reading, Authors, List

With my son being gone to boot camp and all the horrific news in the world, I’m still trying to carve out some sort of normalcy. I do have another place I can vent but it won’t be here in front of the house.

So, we shall continue….
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Was I Enough?

Parenting Boys

Was I enough? I suppose I could also ask it any number of ways; did I do enough, was I good enough, did I praise enough, did I discipline enough, did I teach enough, did I hug enough, did I love enough? I’m talking about being a mom. To my son, in particular. A son who is 17-years old and is now at Fort Sill doing his Army basic training for National Guard.

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Memphis Daytrippin’

Neil White, Triton Press, Memphis, Authors, Publishing

On Saturday, August 30th, I had the opportunity to travel to Memphis, Tennessee to visit with some writing friends. Susan Cushman hosted an event at her home and the guest speaker was Neil White, author of In the Sanctuary of Outcasts. He recently launched a new venture under his Nautilus Publishing Company called Triton Press, a hybrid publishing house.

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What’s Up Thesaurus?

Thesaurus, Conservative, Words

Sometimes, I use a Thesaurus. Eegad! Whatever. Deal with it. I know some people can be pretentious about using a thesaurus.

The other day I wanted to find some inspiration for something and went to Thesaurus to see what they had as an alternative to conservative. I found this…notice the words circled in red?

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My Heart Being Ripped Out


This little guy left this morning for basic training for the National Guard. He’ll be gone for a total of approximately 7 months. Basic training is only 9 weeks but then he starts his Advanced Individual Training (AIT) immediately afterward. He’ll be in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

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August Is All Jacked Up

Planner, Moleskine, Bullet Journal, Schedule, Calendar, August

August slammed into me like a giant wave I wasn’t expecting. You know, like when you are at the beach, wading hip deep with your back towards the ocean and you are waving and smiling at your loved one who made the wise decision to stay on the beach when all of a sudden – BAM – a ginormous wave attacks you from behind and you go down like an anchor? Well, that’s what August has done to me. It surprised me when I wasn’t paying attention.

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I Remember Nothing – A Nora Ephron Series #4 The Legend

Nora Ephron, #Book, I Remember Nothing

In this chapter, Nora dives off into her childhood and her thoughts on her mother. I believe she could have written a whole Encyclopedia collection on her parents. I found this essay to be poignantly bitter sweet.

We all have dysfunction in our family, if we are honest. Don’t we? Maybe not. I know I do! There, I said it. But sometimes, when I am scrolling through Facebook I feel like I might be the only one. Facebook gives everyone the opportunity to paint lovely masterpieces with a broad brush, that’s all I’m saying.

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Dear Love Bunnies – Here’s The Deal

writing, journaling, draft, memoir

Hold on, wait a minute, let me grab a large cup of coffee because this may take a while….

Let me start by saying that nothing is wrong. There has been no tragic upheaval or anything like that for me, thank GOD! I’ve just been busy, with real life stuff. It’s kind of cool actually.

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