Our daughter is getting married! Wait, let me say that again – our one and only girl, our princess is engaged. I have to pause every time I think of this because it simply seems surreal! The road to her engagement started January 4 when her now fiancé hopped on a plane from Nashville to meet with my husband and I in person to get our blessing. Our daughter had no idea. He told us he would be asking her somewhere around the 31st which was the anniversary of their first da
After facing a great deal of intolerance because of his Tourette Syndrome (TS), our youngest son, Justin, became a motivational speaker. Throughout his high school career, I traveled the country with him to over 150 schools in 16 states where he held full school assemblies for students in grades 5-12. The theme of his program, Living Loud, is that every person should be empowered to live their own authentic life, no matter how different they are. He uses stories from his ch
Growing up, I was painfully shy. I had a very hard time relating to my peers and I was highly fearful of situations that I could not control. My mode of operations was to be as helpful to adults as humanly possible. It literally was a way that I could feel useful and be in control of my surroundings. The best way I could be helpful and in control at age 10 was to take care of little kids. Without realizing what I was doing, I started my first business. I had a little red
September 29 was the day my professional life crashed and burned – or at least that is what I thought. It was the day that we had to make the decision to close our family non-profit. That meant that I was out of a job for the first time in over 20 years. On that day, the non-profit meant everything to me. Our family put our hearts and dollars into growing an organization for which we felt real passion. Being the go getter, action oriented person I am, what did I do first?