Are you there God? It’s me, Maya

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When I was a kid I read the beloved coming of age novel by Judy Bloom “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret“.  I loved this book for so many reasons.  Though I don’t remember many of the details I do remember that many of the things the main character Margaret went through mirrored what was going on in my life as a young girl.  Continue reading

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10 truths I’ve learned about love, life and relationships

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The other day I was having a conversation with a friend who is about to turn 30.  In honor of her birthday she asked me (along with several other women) to share any wisdom I had gained in my 30’s that would help her as she embarked upon this new season.

I constructed a list and as I pondered upon it I realized that although I am still learning a lot of the things I wrote down I think this could apply to really anyone’s season in life.  So I decided to share this list with you. Continue reading

Celebrate your small wins

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The other day I was headed to a networking event when I started to feel a bit nervous about what the night would hold.  Now I’ve been networking for years, but since I had not attended an event in a while I felt a little rusty.  Just as my mind was about to go down a rabbit hole of negative, worrisome thinking about what could go wrong, I stopped myself and decided I was just going to celebrate the fact that I was going to network that night after a long hiatus.  I didn’t care how many people I met, if I made any good contacts or if the night was a bust I was just going to celebrate the fact that I was there, all night long. Continue reading

Grace like rain

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The other day I had a small apartment fire in my kitchen while I was cooking. I was baking something and literally stepped away for about five minutes and came back to a room filled with smoke and a fire in my oven.

I grabbed my dog Ginger, my phone and left the apartment as I dialed 911.  Firefighters arrived within minutes and my apartment manager as well as a few neighbors waited outside with me while the firefighters went in. Continue reading

How to live your best life

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There is a lot of talk on social media about living your best life.  You’ll often hear people saying “I’m just out here trying to live my best life, ” or using the hashtag #LivingMyBestLife or #MyBestLife, along with a picture that depicts the person achieving a certain goal or dream displayed on Facebook or Instagram.

I undoubtedly have used the phrase myself on social media so this got me to wondering what “living your best life” truly means.  Does it mean accomplishing some great goal that society says you should  by a certain time?  Is it keeping up with the people in your social group?  Or is it living the best you can with your abilities, resources and talents every day?

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