“Your brother is…”

“Your brother is your first male friend in your life. No one will ever understand your craziness like your brother. Even if you don’t get together and talk as much as you’d like, he always remains your friend. While people come and go in your life, your brother will always be in your heart for a lifetime.” -Unknown 

 
Yesterday afternoon, I discovered that the older brother of my college friend passed away after battling cancer. Continue reading

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New Years Cheers and My Upcoming, First-ever Family Vacation!

“It is a chiché that most clichés are true, but then like most clichés, that cliché is untrue.” –Stephen Fry

Are you done with all the New Years clichés by now? Christmas was barely over and that’s all I was seeing: resolutions, goal setting goals, goodbyes to 2014 and hellos to 2015.

These are all fine and dandy, but this kind of approach doesn’t really suit me. (Clearly, since it’s already mid-January and I went above and beyond in missing the bandwagon for this one.)

I admire those of you who got down to business with goal setting before New Years Eve. I’m usually still reeling from the holiday festivities by then, and I rarely secure a moment of quiet during that post-Christmas time. Forget having the chance to even think about making good resolutions. Operating on my own time table, my style drifts more toward  Continue reading

Twice-Time Warrior, the Night Owl, and the Champion of the Friend Zone

“Friendship involves many things, but above all, the power of going out of one’s self and appreciating what is noble and loving in another.” –Thomas Hughes

Once upon a time in a land of Badgers, Brewers, and cheese, there lived a young lady with quick feet and an open heart. One day by a lakeside, Continue reading

Foxy Love

“Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.” –Dean KoontzFalse Memory

Animals just know. Dogs in particular.

I came home from a typical post-holiday Monday, and here was Foxy, greeting me with her usual exuberance.

Happy Foxy

“Welcome home! Come play with me!”

Oh, but I was tired. I had too many things I was carrying through the door (both literally and figuratively). All I wanted to do was Continue reading

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Post-Grad to Ideal Career: 10 Tips for that “Awkward” Transition Phase

“Life is the most exciting opportunity we have. But we have one shot. You graduate from college once, and that’s it. You’re going out of that nest. And you have to find that courage that’s deep, deep, deep in there. Every step of the way.” —Andrew Shue

Another summer is quickly passing… lightning speed! I don’t know about you, but I can hardly believe it’s already August. It’s been 2 years since I graduated college, and it’s gone by quickly and in very unexpected ways. You may laugh, but 3 years ago, I was fully expecting to be pursuing further education, finishing a Masters program at the very least.

Ha!  Continue reading