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Dear Riley Rose

Along with being the first month in the clean slate of the New Year, January is also the month when, three years ago, I lost my soulmate- Riley Rose.     Ri was a huge 135-pound Great Dane/Lab mix. We found each other 15 years ago when we were two hurting souls occupying two injured…

Hope in the New Year

“It’s not the destination. It’s the journey.” Ralph Waldo Emerson   I love New Year’s resolutions. And I’m not talking about the kind of resolutions that involve going to the gym or giving up caffeine. I’m referring to the goals and intentions that we set for our lives. We look back on the previous 12…

My Hope in Christmas

Well, Christmas is upon us and, if y’all are anything like me, you are at the point of trying to survive the final hours of the chaos. Last-minute gifts are being purchased, preparations for visiting family members are being made, Christmas cards are being addressed, and gifts are being delivered. I think it’s safe to…

Hope vs. Scars and Scarves

Life was so much easier when I didn’t have hair. Each of the three times I lost my hair, I rejoiced that my outward appearance finally matched my inner struggle. Being bald equals being given grace. Sympathetic smiles from passersby are abundant. Kind strangers jump up to offer you their seat. Hostesses lead you to…

Hope vs. Gratitude

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. I love the colorful leaves blowing in the cool Texas fall air. I love green bean casserole mixed with cornbread stuffing. I love having an excuse to eat Pumpkin Pie for breakfast and leftovers for dinner. I love being with family and friends, but mostly, I love…

Hope Hero: Landon Lanier

    Meet 41-year-old Landon Lanier. Landon lives in Atlanta, GA, with her husband and three children- Hicks (11), Christopher (9) and Caroline (7). Three and a half years ago, this young mom was diagnosed with an aggressive stage 3 breast cancer. An advanced cancer diagnosis was the last thing Landon expected but even in…

Hope vs. Trust

After a speaking engagement in D.C this past spring, I decided to hop on the train and head to New York. I needed a night in the city with good friends. It had been way too long. I missed the energy of NYC – the feeling of anonymity walking in a crowd of people you…

The Final Rose

I have a confession to make. I am totally and utterly obsessed with The Bachelor. Like- I have to read the spoilers before the season even starts, or else I lose sleep over the outcome- obsessed. And yet still, I live on the edge of my seat until the final rose is handed out.  …

Introducing Hope Heroes!

Hi friend!   I’m soooooo excited to share this news with you today!!!   My mission in creating this space to uplift and inspire has been based on serving every one of you who has taken the time to click and open and read the words I’ve written. As I’ve said before, I believe this life we…

False Hope

Is there such a thing as false hope? This past May, I spent a day sitting by my uncle’s bedside in the ICU. I watched as one machine breathed for him and another pumped his heart. I touched his cold and bluish toned skin and smelled the fear that thickly hung around his body. I…