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Mid-Terms Are Over. Now What?

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It was fast approaching 11pm on Tuesday night, and even though I was wiped from a full day of meetings, I sat huddled under my bedcovers glued to my phone screen watching the latest poll results coming in. I wasn’t alone. With heated campaigns and too-close-to-call projections, millions of Americans found themselves tuned into the election like a political Super Bowl that had just gone into overtime. Would the House flip? What affect will the results of the election have…

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We Didn’t Have Sex until Our Wedding Night

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When I first met my husband, I had no idea he would be the man who would put a ring on it. I didn’t know how much he would open my heart to new possibilities and change my life. I just thought he had enough charm to win over a room, wit to know what he was talking about, a great sense of style, and a killer smile (it still makes me swoon even though it has been over two…

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Why I Ugly Cried After Watching a Comedy Special

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“There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself.” – Hannah Gadsby   These words have stayed with me long after Hannah’s comedy special Nanette stopped playing in my living room. After the credits rolled, and I wiped away the many tears streaming down my face, my husband and I spent the next hour and a half passionately discussing gender equality, discrimination, hate, shame, grace, truth, and love. Whether or not you agree with all Hannah said,…

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Who Runs the World? A Mother’s Day Message and FREE 7-Day Devotional

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  Where would I be without my mom?  She taught me to tie my shoes, slay my own dragons and dream big.  She kissed me goodnight and tucked me in tight so the beds bugs wouldn’t bite.  She taught me my letters and colors and numbers and words.  She placed a band-aid over every scrape and cut.  She baked Christmas sugar cookies with me and sewed all my Halloween costumes.  She drew flowers and balloons and rainbows with me on…

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Life In the Fast Lane: Lessons Learned Over the Last Few Months

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Life has been happening fast these days, and the last few months have been a bit of a whirlwind of wonder and work, and well, a lot of other things. It wasn’t that long ago that I stood in front of my closest friends and family and said, “I do” to the man I love.  It wasn’t that long ago that I packed up a dozen or so boxes and said goodbye to my quiet Brooklyn apartment to move into…

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